The Pastor’s Corner
                    17th Sunday of the Year 
                            July 30, 2017
     
 “Stewardship is a spiritual way of life that defines who we are in relationship to God

And everyone and everything we ever encounter”.

Dear Folks,

            Our readings this weekend speak to us of King Solomon’s search for an “understanding heart” and Jesus’s parable of the “pearl of great price”.  Indeed, an understanding heart and a soul hungry for the wisdom of God are pearls of great price which nurture the blessing of God’s abundant love and grace in our lives.  Clearly, we need a hunger for such pearls.

            As we close out the summer break, I want to refocus our attention upon the yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration which begins on August 20.  During this year, as a parish, we will reflect on the history of Catholicism in Franklin and Johnson County, celebrate the blessings we enjoy at the current moment, and begin preparing ourselves for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

            This year will provide us with a profound opportunity to discern a deeper meaning to what it means to be both a follower of Jesus and a steward of the Gospel Message.  And so, I want to begin a yearlong reflection on the mission of Jesus.  WWJM!  What Was the Mission of Jesus?   Spiritual adolescents can be followers of Jesus.  Spiritual adulthood is required to be a good steward of the Gospel Mission.

            Beginning with the New Testament words and deeds of Jesus, I hope to clarify the key and essential elements comprising the mission of Jesus.  With a clearer understanding of WWJM we will be in a position to understand and carry out WIOM – What Is Our Mission as Stewarts of the Gospel Message.

            It is my hope that on August 19, 2018 when we have our closing Mass and celebration, we will be ready to begin a strategic planning process that will provide us with a sense of mission and guide us into the future.  As long ago, King Solomon prayed for an understanding heart, may we be wise enough to seek the “pearl of great price” that is the Gospel message.  God’s love for us is truly a mission worth proclaiming to the world!

             Fr. Steve

Goings On

Changes in the Parish Staff and the Gospel Mission -   This week we welcomed Tim Mercer into our parish as our new Business Manager.  We spent Tuesday and Wednesday cleaning the carpet and reorganizing the parish offices.  Tim comes to us with a wealth of experience in business, work in the church, and as a long-term volunteer at St. John, Bloomington.

Vacation and Retreat – I’m back with lots of pictures from my hike on the Olympic Peninsula.  I’ll be looking for some opportunities to share the experience with parishioners.  This coming week (Monday through Friday) I will wind up the summer with my annual retreat. 

Renovations Over Summer – On returning I noticed that the deck and ramp into the preschool has been stained, the big window has been installed in the place of the garage door in the office building, our class rooms are up and ready for school and religious ed classes, and the school was cleaned up after the 6” inundation of a couple weeks ago.  I want to thank all who kept an eye on things during my absence, especially those who “babysitted” Reba!

Our Sesquicentennial Year of Celebration August 20, 2017 – August 19, 2018

150 Years of Prayer, Sacrament, and Service

Fulfilling the Mission of Jesus By Walking the Way of Jesus

Listen to The Lord, Share the Gospel Message, Walk Our Talk

 Invite, Welcome, and Serve God & All Creation!

Legacy – “Do One More Thing for Your St. Rose Family

by Nurturing An Understanding Heart!”

Stewardship

July 30, 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

A profound stewardship prayer is offered by the young king Solomon in today’s frst reading. He asks the Lord to give him an understanding heart, compassion towards God’s people and the insight to distinguish right from wrong. An understanding heart, or wisdom, is a gift from God. It is a gift that enables us to make good decisions and prudent choices. Cultivating and sharing this gift is essential, especially when poor decisions and lack of compassion have consequences that can adversely affect the lives of others. Do we exercise good stewardship over the gift of wisdom? Do we share our compassionate hearts with others?

 

 “Our inherited Catholic Legacy is what our Catholic forebears have done for us.

Our stewardship is the means by which we will hand on our Catholic Legacy to those who will follow after us.”


Please Note:  There is now a document to help parishioner pre-plan their funeral                                                arrangements.  It is attached below!


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