Reminder for Sunday, September 24, 2017, 25th Ordinary Time

  Group 1

 

Welcome, Everybody, to Matterhorn Canyon and Burro Pass (11k plus).  We are going up today.

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee & juice, and pastries, some bought, some home-made.  

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & Stack 

Place: Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

 

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Says Andy, "Hey, we made it."

 

Readings:

Isaiah 56, 6-9,  Seek the Lord while he may be found.

Psalm 145,   The Lord is near to all who call upon him

Phlippians 1, 20-24 &27,  Conduct yourself in a way worthy of the gospel.

Matthew 20, 1-16,  The vineyard owner and how he compensated his laborers, The last shall be first; the first last. 

 

 

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So, how do we get down from here?  A snow cliff covers the trail down.  Scary!

 

 

Community Activities:  

ROMEO MEET: Friday, September 22, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.  Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.   

JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together),   October 6th at 1:00 at Apollonia's Italian Kitchen, 3610 Shire Blvd., Richardson.   Download Juliet Letterhead

 

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This is one way to go down.  The other is to slide & hope there is no boulder under the snow.

 

What is going on in Our Catholic World

  1.  The Catholic Church on DACA, National Catholic Reporter, September 6, Words 777,    Download CHURCH ON DACA 9-21-17
  2. NY Jesuit disinvited to address conference, National Catholic Reporter,  September 16,  Words 500,    Download JESUIT DISINVITED 9-27-17

 

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Besides high snow, the creeks were also high.
 

 

 

True?

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

Groucho Marx

 

 

Quads

 

Remember when these marvelous kids were just babies?  

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

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Rose welcomes everybody to her snow cave.  

 

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement

Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People, provides for and challenges spiritual and total growth.

Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged and make the world we live in a better place to live.

 

 

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Hooray,  It is so nice to go into the wilderness and it is so nice to come out after 9 days.  Everybody who started is here at the finish, Twin Lakes, an RV campground with a rustic little restaurant.   The gang: Beth, Ray, Matt Tom, & Rose; Andy, Stack, Carrie, Paul.


Sunday Homily, September 17, 2017, 24th Ordinary Time

Group 2

 

Greetings from Yosemite, Hoover Wilderness, and Matterhorn Canyon.   Departure Moment.   All say "Hi" and "Welcome," Beth, Andy, Rose, Tom, an Old Geezer, Paul & Carrie, Matt & Ray, son & dad.

 

 

Readings:

Sirach,   27, 30-28, 7    Wrath & anger are hateful things

Psalm 103,   The Lord is gracious and merciful, never gets angry, and is abounding in love. (that marvelous line again!)

Romans 14, 7-9,  None of us lives for oneself.

Matthew 18, 21-35,  The gracious king and the abusive servant.

 

 

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Tori says, "Welcome Home, all you Campers."

 

Observations on Sirach

What: a collection of wisdom statements or ethics, like 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'   Lengthy, 51 chapters.

Who:  composed by a Jewish scribe in Hebrew and translated into Greek by his grandson, probably in Alexandria, Egypt.

When:  ca. 200 yours before Christ.

Subject today: Beware of hatred & Anger.

 

 

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Harper says, "May I go the next time you go camping?"

 

 

Cura Personalis or caring for another

I would like to talk this morning about an old ethical concept we were trained up on as Jesuits, cura personalis, in Latin, which means taking care of the other in my life. 

For years I have been trying to take care of my fellow campers on our voyages to Yosemite and elsewhere.  This past trip my fellow campers took care of me.

 

 

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Trey & Brady, our Candle Lighters of The Week.

 

 

For example, we had a new guy this year, Matt Occhipinti.  Yes, Ray & Claire’s son.  For me he was a wild card, an unknown, consequently, scary.  Like can he do the hike or will he melt down.  And then what?

Well, not only did Matt not melt down he was a great camper, hiker, and especially a helper around the camp sites.  Like I saw him frequently hauling water up from the river or lake to fill our water purification bladder.  I thank him.

 

 

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So what do you do when you finally arrive at the 11k plus Burrow Pass to find that the trail going steeply down the other side is covered by a huge mass of left over snow?   Yes, Harper, you slide.

 

I also thank Ray, not only for bringing Matt, but also for being our evening dinner cook and our morning hot water maker.   It is so nice to crawl out of my sleeping bag in 38 degree temp to find hot water prepared for coffee or oat meal.  Thanks again, Ray.

Cura personalis also came from Paul & Carrie, not only for each other, but even for me!  They watched my back and helped me up some big boulder steps. They saved me a tent site and helped me set up my tent one evening when I arrived pretty exhausted. I watched them, too, folks, and can let you know, as I told them, their relationship is made in heaven and they have many happy days ahead of them because they care for each other so well, especially by listening to each other.  Thanks, Paul & Carrie.

 

 

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Buddy & Georgie, would you like to go for a slide on the snow?

 

Then I was so touched by two monster helpers, our Tom Fleming and Andy Sokoloski.  One day, believe it or not, Beth, Rose, and myself took a spur trail and got lost for about an hour.  We have walkie talkies and radioed ahead.  Next thing, Tom and Andy come striding to our rescue.  Tom even takes my back pack until we catch the others who were waiting for us.  Thanks, Tom.

Andy also saved me numerous times with his stream crossing sandals.   The past years the streams have always been low.  So I don’t bring my sandals.  Stupid!   I borrowed Andy’s sandals 8-10 times.  Thanks, Andy.

 

 

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Want to take a snow slide with me, Cory & Shonda?  

 

 

And then there is Beth.  First of all, as always she comes out of her tent in the cold morning before sun is up all smiles and cheer.  What a joy.  But she also did something for me that I reflected had never happened in all the many years I have camped in Tanzania & Kenya, with the Jesuits, and now with our people. 

As I walked into camp late one afternoon, Beth, asks me if I would like help putting up my tent.  I was so touched.  Sure thing, I accepted.  She even did it twice and probably set an example such that Paul & Carrie made the same offer our last night in the wilderness.  I also know you carried some of my food stuff.  Thanks, Beth.

 

 

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Hey, Buddy, how do you do that with your legs?  Wow, if I tried that, it would take surgery to get me out, or a mortician.

 

And Rose.  Every year I have always carried two bear canisters so that folks who have a hard time with the weight of the dinner or cheese or Jack Daniels, they would not have to worry.  This year I started out as usual.  Guess what.  I just did not have this year my usual energy and push.

Rose saw this the first day and what does she do behind my back.  She asks everybody in the camp the first night to help me out.   So one minute I have two full canisters.  The next the canisters are almost empty.  If she & everybody had not done that, I would have had a tough time.  As it was, I was always the last person into the evening camp and into the trail head on the last day.  And guess who was always there giving me cura personalis, personal care!  Thanks so much, Rose Banzhaf. 

 

 

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Is poor Beth trying to hide?  While I tell stories about her?

 

 

Who gives you personal care?

To whom do you give personal care?

 

Group 1

 Anybody claim these derelicts?  Like Paul & Carrie, Rose & Beth & Andy,  Ray & Matt & Tom & an Old Geezer?  Looking north up Matterhorn Canyon.

 


Announcements

Rosemary's Blessing of  The Week:

 

May the Lord grant you

       A tolerance for those who don’t agree with you,

       A refusal to judge others,

       A willingness to forgive,

       A calm and hopeful spirit in the midst of anxieties,

       And a holy anger for injustice in the world.

From Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiedwrkehr

 

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John reading from the book of Sirach.

 

 

Special Thanks to these special people:

  •    For  the Readings:   John & Mary Jane
  •    For The Team:    Georgie & Buddy 
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Alison
  •    For the Special Communion Cups:  Mike & Geri
  •    For the Pictures:   Rick & Connie & Mike  & Carrie
  •    For the coffee and extras:  Mike & Judy & Jackie
  •    For the altar & sound:  Jackie & Hue
  •    For the Music:     Ben & Shonda 
  •    For all who helped with Communion 

 

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Mary Jane reading from Romans

 

 

Birthdays:   Sandra (77, Monday, a good age, yeah!), Claire Zurchin (Tuesday), Mary Jane Stephenson (Wednesday), Patty Hammond (71, Saturday), Bethany (Saturday)

Anniversaries:

Lynda & Tom (35th, Monday)

             

 

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Rosemary reading her Blessing of The Week.                                            

                                                                                                             

Please Remember these special people

Mike's swollen knee;   For Myron Hubble;    For Connie Bresson's mom;     For Carol's recuperation;   For Tom Good;     For Dee and her daughter, Lisa;    For John Schanot's continued recuperation;  For Nadia's recuperation;   For Geri's  nephew, Martin Calabrese and Martins' family;  For a young man who is suffering from depression;    For Claire's mom; For Cliff & Jean;   For Rosemary's niece, Beth and her partner, Sarah with cancer;   For Laura's sister Claudia;   For Dawn;   John Simari’s friend, Ron;   For Anthony & Sabrina;   For John & Jean's son John Louis;   For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Rose's daughter in law Jamie; For a young father of two & married, Paul Day, struggling with a heart condition

 

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Happy 35th Anniversary, Lynda & Tom.

 

For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou;  For Cathy's uncle, Jim Wright at 92;   For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;     For Maureen’s daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;      For Jackie's friend, Barbara, plus Angela & her mom;    For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;   John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;    for Franks brother with advanced Parkinsons;      For Steve Barrett, Rose, & Katie;

 

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Happy Birthday, Mary Jane, and thanks for all you do.

 

 

Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill, and Judy's aging parents;  Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip and Ethan Michel, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's  Annie & Kaitlen; Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, their granddaughter, Mikayla;   plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer;   Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter; for Mary Ellen;  For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues; for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Ryan McClurg and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President.

 

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Thanks for being our Candle Lighters of The Week,  Brady & Trey.

 

Your Finances, September 17, 2017

Expenses:   $905.00

Outreach:    $295.00

Thanks for your Generosity, Everybody.


 

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Alpen Glow, evening, from a large granite boulder above one of the best campsites, after descending from Burrow pass, 11k plus, on the shore of Piutte Creek, night 6 or 7, probably night 6 because on night 7 we had an enormous rain, wind, lightening, and thunder storm about 8-9 P.M. Everybody survived the storm quite well.

 

Have a Great Week, J.S

(214-783-0443)

 

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Dinner at Frog Lake on the first night of our 8 nights.

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement  

      Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People,  provides for & challenges spiritual & total growth.  

      Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged & make the world  we live in a better place to live.

 

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Stream crossing on the very last day of the 9 days.   A humbling experience for an old ex-Jesuit who thinks he knows the Matterhorn hike like a bike ride around White Rock Lake.  Since the past two Matterhorn hikes had low water in the creeks, so must be the case this year.  Wrong!  High water was everywhere.  Late & heavy snow.  Thanks, Andy, for loaning me your Keene sandals all 8 or 10 times I needed them.


Reminder for Sunday, September 17, 2017, 24th Ordinary Time

 

Our Father
The Our Father.

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee & juice, and pastries, some bought, some home-made.  

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & Stack 

Place: Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

 

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Leo, John, Georgie and Buddy.

 

Readings:

Sirach 27, 30-28, 7,  Remember death & decay, and ease from sin.

Psalm 103,   The Lord is kind and merciful, never gets angry, and is rich in compassion  (one of the Great Lines)

Roman s 14, 7-9,  None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.

Matthew 18, 21-35,  The king and the debtors  

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 Caroline and Judy.

 

Charlie and Richard

Charlie and Richard.

 

 

Community Activities:  

ROMEO MEET: Friday, September 15, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.  Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.   

JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together),   October, TBA

 

  Prayer of Str. Francis

The Community reading the Prayer of St. Francis.

 

 

What is going on in Our Catholic World

  1. Nothing this week.

 

Beth and Emma

Beth and Emma.

 

True?

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble…


 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

 

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Zoe, Michelle and Tori. 

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement

Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People, provides for and challenges spiritual and total growth.

Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged and make the world we live in a better place to live.


Sunday Homily, 9-10-17, 23rd Ordinary Time

 

Hikers

Some of the hikers.  Rose, John, Paul, Carrie and Andy on the first high pass.

 

Readings:

Ezekiel  33, 7-9,    You have been appointed watchman for the house of Israel

Psalm 95,   If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts

Romans 13, 8-10,  Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another

Matthew 18, 15-20,  Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am.  

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Ready to start.  Georgie, Buddy, John and Leo.

 

Homily:

Last week Stack spoke about Matthew’s saying, “take up your cross, and follow me.” Stack gave his take on this demand. He gave as an example a younger friend who had struggles with school, with getting into Jesuit, with getting into the Air Force, and how he did not let his personal struggles defeat him. This friend faced his struggles straight on (he took up his cross) loving himself enough to not let his struggles defeat him.

 

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The musicians, Shonda and Ben.

 

 In the reading from Romans today, Paul summarizes God’s commandments in one saying, “Love one another as you love yourself.” This is where I focus my thoughts today.  

I have been moved by the many stories of people’s loving actions for those caught up in Hurricane Harvey, dramatic rescues in boats, grabbing a hand to keep someone afloat, donating supplies or giving financial assistance out of love. Our lead choir singer, Shonda, of Texas National Guard fame, spent a couple of weeks in southeast Texas helping with Hurricane Harvey rescue operations. She agreed to tell some of her story. [Shonda spoke of what she and others in her ‘pod’ did for victims of Harvey and what immense gratitude the survivors had.]

Thanks for your service Shonda.

 

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The Offertory Procession. Mike, Geri, Carol and Richard.

 

Now I ask you to remember times you reached out in love to help—times you helped build a house with Habitat, or volunteered to help with the Love for Kids, or helped with the counting of the homeless, or helped tornado victims in Oklahoma, or supported organizations such as Soul’s Harbor or the food drive today, or DARCC, or loved Mother Earth by planting trees, or helped nurture this community’s children during Mass, or helped in so many ways to make our Mass a special time each Sunday. Add to this the many loving actions you perform for others in your family, in your neighborhood or in the community at large. You, in so many ways, are living out the greatest command: “Love one another.”

 

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Just beginning the Mass.  Hue checking the sound and Leo, John, Georgie and Buddy at the altar.

 

One question is: Where does our impulse and ability to love come from? Richard Rohr, a great Catholic spiritual guide, gives one answer to that question in his book The Divine Dance:

    “Love is not just something you do; love is someone you are. Love is where you came from and love is where you’re going. It’s     not something you can buy or attain. It is the presence of God within you, called the Holy Spirit.

    You can’t make God love you one ounce more than God already loves you right now. You can’t. You can go to church every     day for the rest of your life. God isn’t going to love you any more than God loves you right now.

    You cannot make God love you any less, either—not an ounce less. Do the most terrible thing and God wouldn’t love you less.     The flow of God’s love is constant and total.

    You have nothing to be afraid of. God is on your side, honestly more than you are on your own. We cannot diminish God’s     love. What we can do, is learn how to believe it, receive it, trust it, allow it, and celebrate it.”

 

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Ben and his Dad, Cody.

 

This love is what we gather here to remember and to celebrate. Think about it. This is the Good News. God’s all-accepting love is in us and flows outward, accepting and loving others.

 

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Zoe, Michelle, Tori and Harper in an important discussion.


Announcements

Rosemary's Blessing of  The Week:

 

May all peoples of the earth become as brothers and sisters,

and may the most longed-for peace

blossom forth and reign always among men and women."

 

Pacem in Terris,  Pope John XXIII, 4/11/63

 

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Patricia reading from Ezekiel. 

 

 

Special Thanks to these special people:

  •    For  the Readings:  Pastricia & Mary Ellen
  •    For The Team:    Georgie & Buddy & Leo
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Alison
  •    For the Special Communion Cups:  Jan & Charlie
  •    For the Pictures:   Rick & Connie & Mike  
  •    For the coffee and extras:  Mike & Judy & Jackie
  •    For the altar & sound:  Rick & Hue
  •    For the Music:     Ben & Shonda 
  •    For all who helped with Communion 

 

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Mary Ellen reading from Romans.

 

Birthdays:   Jean Wright & Wendy (Sunday), Warren Wittek

Anniversaries:

Mike & Geri (42nd Tuesday) 

 

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Our candle lighter, Emma and her assistant, Tori.

                                                          

                                                                                                             

Please Remember these special people

Mike's swollen knee;   For the Urbanczyk family;   For Connie Bresson's mom;     For Carol's recuperation;   For Tom Good;     For Dee and her daughter, Lisa;    For John Schanot's continued recuperation;  For Nadia's recuperation;   For Geri's  nephew, Martin Calabrese and Martins' family;  For a young man who is suffering from depression;    For Claire's mom; For Cliff & Jean;   For Rosemary's niece, Beth and her partner, Sarah with cancer;   For Laura's sister Claudia;   For Dawn;   John Simari’s friend, Ron;   For Anthony & Sabrina;   For John & Jean's son John Louis;   For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Rose's daughter in law Jamie; For a young father of two & married, Paul Day, struggling with a heart condition

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A birthday cupcake for Warren. 

 

                                                                         

For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou;  For Cathy's uncle, Jim Wright at 92;   For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;     For Maureen’s daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;      For Jackie's friend, Barbara, plus Angela & her mom;    For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;   John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;    for Franks brother with advanced Parkinsons;      For Steve Barrett, Rose, & Katie;

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42 years for Geri and Mike. 

 

Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill, and Judy's aging parents;  Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip and Ethan Michel, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's  Annie & Kaitlen; Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, their granddaughter, Mikayla;   plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer;   Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter; for Mary Ellen;  For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues; for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Ryan McClurg and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President.

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Zoe, Michelle, Tori, Harper and Cathy.

 

Your Finances, September 10, 2017

Expenses:   $ 985.00

Outreach:    $ 245.00

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Zoe and her Mom, Michelle. 

 

Special Note:

We also had a Food Drive for the North Dallas Shared Ministries Food Pantry.

 

Thanks for your Generosity, Everybody.


 

Have a Great Week, J.S

(214-783-0443)

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Our candle lighter, Emma and her assistant, Tori also got a cupcake. 

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement  

      Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People,  provides for & challenges spiritual & total growth.  

      Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged & make the world  we live in a better place to live.


Reminder for Sunday, 9-10-17, 23rd Ordinary Time

 

They caught you

 

 

They finally caught her.
 

 

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee & juice, and pastries, some bought, some home-made.  

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & John Cade 

Place: Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

 

  The Girls

 

The Girls.  Again.

 

Readings:

Ezekiel  33, 7-9,    You have been appointed watchman for the house of Israel

Psalm 95,   If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts

Roman s 13, 8-10,  Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another

Matthew 18, 15-20,  Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am.  

 

 

Taking Over

 

Does that not look like a takeover!

 

 

Community Activities:  

ROMEO MEET: Friday, September 15, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.  Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.  Most of us will be gone to Yosemite until the 14th.  Take a break for a week?

JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together),   October, TBA

 

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The Community.

 

What is going on in Our Catholic World

  1. Jean Vanier, The Tablet & Corpus, August 18  800 words (a hero of mine from my years in Toronto),   Download VANIER 7-31-17

 

  Team 1

 

The Best Team.

 

True?    (from Patricia)

Author Anne Lamott recently turned 61. So she’s compiled the following list of “every single true thing I know.” A brief recap:

  1. All truth is a paradox. “Life is a precious unfathomably beautiful gift, and it is impossible here,” she says. Life is “filled with heartbreaking sweetness and beauty, floods and babies and acne and Mozart, all swirled together.”
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  2. Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes.” That includes you.
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  3. Nothing outside of you will help you in any real, lasting way. Radical self-care is the only thing that will get you through. It’s hard to admit, but it’s true, and it works the other way around too. “If it is someone else’s problem, you probably don’t have the solution,” she says.
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  4. Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy and scared. Everyone, even the people who seem to have it most together.” So don’t compare your insides to someone else’s outsides, she warns.
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  5. Chocolate with 75% cacao is not actually a food. Its best use is as bait in snake traps or to balance the legs on wobbly chairs.”
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  6. Every writer puts down terrible first drafts. The trick is that they commit to sticking with it. They take it Bird by Bird, her father’s advice that became the heart of her bestselling book. “Every story you own is yours. If people wanted you to write more warmly about them, they should have behaved better,” she says. “You are going to feel like hell if you never write the stuff that is tugging on the sleeves of your heart — your stories, visions, memories, visions and songs. Your truth, your version of things, your own voice. That is really all you have to offer us. And that’s also why you were born.”
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  7. Creative success are “something you have to recover from. They will hurt, damage and change you in ways you cannot imagine.” And that brings us back to #1, because creative success is also amazing. “It is a miracle to get your work published,” she says. “Just try to bust yourself gently of the fantasy that publication will heal you, will fill the Swiss cheesey holes inside you. It can’t. It won’t.”
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  8. Families are both astonishing and hard. Again reference #1. “Earth is forgiveness school,” she says. “It begins with forgiving yourself — then you might as well start at the dinner table.”
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  9. Speaking of food: try to do a little better. “I think you know what I mean.”
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  10. Grace is a powerful thing. “Grace is Spiritual WD-40 or water wings,” she says. “The mystery of grace is that God loves Henry Kissinger and Vladimir Putin and me exactly as much as He or She loves your new grandchild.” Grace doesn’t always come in the forms you expect. Lamott sees it most in laughter. “Laughter really is carbonated holiness,” she says. “It helps us breathe again and again, and gives us back to ourselves.”
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  11. God isn’t that scary. Rather than getting trapped in the mundanity of our own lives, she tells us to “go look up.” Now. “My pastor says you can trap bees on the floor of a Mason jar without a lid, because they don’t look up,” she says. “If they did, they could fly to freedom. Instead, they walk around bitterly, bumping into glass walls.”
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  12. Death is incredibly hard to bear, and you don’t get over losing people you love. “We Christians like to think death is a major change of address,” she says. “But the person will live again fully in your heart, at some point, if you don’t seal it off.” Memories of the people you love will make you smile at inappropriate times, but their absence will also be “a lifelong nightmare of homesickness for you.” Again, see #1.

She takes a deep breath. “Okay, I think that’s it. But if I think of anything else, I’ll let you know.”

 

Healing 1

 

Healing for Cindy.

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

A footnote:  We are donating  as a Community

$1000 to the special fund established by the mayor of Houston,

$1000 to the 1st Baptist Church of Rockport

 

 

Healing 3

 

Healing and Life for Zoe.

 

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement

Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People, provides for and challenges spiritual and total growth.

Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged and make the world we live in a better place to live.

 

Communion

 

Communion for everyone.

 

 


Sunday Homily, September 3, 2017, 22nd Ordinary Time

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Sophia says, "Hi, Everybody, Welcome in."

 

 

Readings:

Jeremiah  20, 7-9,    You duped me, Lord, and I let myself be duped

Psalm 63,   My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Roman s 12, 1-2,  Do not conform yourselves to this age.

Matthew 16, 21-27,  Whoever wishes to come after me, must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  

 

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And Harper, too, says, "Come in, Folks.  Take this chair."

 

Jeremiah observations--

What:  I think Jeremiah is my second favorite O.T. prophet, behind Isaiah, mostly because he makes whining and complaining into an art form.  I need to take lessons from him.  Not that he did not have enough to complain about.   Jeremiah is one of the Big 3 with Isaiah and Ezekiel.  He is called the ‘broken hearted prophet.’  Here is why.

Time:  Jeremiah lived and prophesied in Jerusalem around 600 before Christ.  Why is this important?  It is some 50 years before the Babylonian Captivity.  Jeremiah had a heart rending life predicting punishment of death and destruction for the Hebrews for their sinful, selfish ways.  Jeremiah predicted disaster, and disaster came in the person of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon-Bagdad.

Jeremiah wore a wooden yoke as a visual aid to his message.  He may have been ultimately killed by the Hebrews.

Today:  Jeremiah is in top form.

 

 

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The Best Music, even though they are slacking off, Wendy & Ben.

 

Deny Yourself, Take up Your Cross, and Follow Me

I want to talk this morning, folks, about the line in Matthew, Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.  I confess right off, I hate this line.  Can you imagine a loving God creating people to deny themselves and take up a life of suffering? 

Matthew’s line can be very tricky.  It can be approached healthily or in a rather sick way.  I can witness to the latter in my own life.  I have already described how as a young Jesuit I was expected to do penance and deny myself in various ways, like the practice of using little whips to scourge our backs and little chains with points to wear around our thighs.  This was supposed to bring me closer to God.

 

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Two Very Special People, Wendy & Brandon 

 

 

I can laugh at this now, but I am humbled at how easily I can be snookered.  When I read this line and others like it in the Bible and remember my experiences, I now see the presence of an ancient philosophy that still influences a lot of religious activity today.  The philosophy: dualism. 

The idea is simple.  Reality comes in pairs, hot & cold, dark & light, order & chaos, and, in particular for this discussion, body & soul or flesh & spirit.  So far so good. 

 

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Our Candle Lighter of The Week, Sophia (Ben's daughter).

 

The trouble enters with a judgment about the flesh & spirit.  Specifically, flesh is bad, spirit is good, superior.  Consequently, so that my spirit may reach an elevated plane of purity & perfection, and ultimately closer union with God, I attempt to subdue my flesh by disregarding the body's needs, ultimately aiming to live without it.  Do not give in to pleasure.  How about that!

A couple of facts.  Dualism is identified as far back as 1000 years B.C. and came out of Zoroastrianism, a religion that worshiped one god and believed in an afterlife.  Did it come from Egypt as so much did at that time?  No, from Persia, the area we call Iran today.  Zoroastrianism was widespread until Muhammad arrived on the scene around 650 and established Islam.  Through the ages lots of people picked up on dualism, for example, Plato, Augustine, Descartes, and the early Christians, like Matthew.

However, there is a healthy approach to the line.  A story to exemplify the healthy.

 

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Welcome back Vivi, Quera, & Mikala, Teresa and Tom's grandkids.

 

 

Way back when I was living at Jesuit and working as a psychotherapist, a single, divorced mother came with her son, Michael, one day and basically said, “help!”  She had a really active boy about 3rd grade.  He and his neighbor buddy, a black kid, used to race around our neighborhood and the high school on their bikes.  Great kids.

The years passed and I got to know Michael really well.  One afternoon when Michael was in 7th grade at St. Monica, we were watering trees with the white truck and the old red water trailer.  I don’t remember who was driving us along the medians, but at one point I can remember to this day, he said to me that if he did not make the entrance exam at Jesuit, his life was no good.  

 

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Let me not ask what these 3 are up to.

 

I did not say anything at the moment.  But later I told him that thinking was baloney.  I said Jesuit did not want kids who said their lives were no good.  If he made it, Jesuit would be a better place.  If he did not, another school would be a better place because they had a tremendous gift in their school. 

He did not get in. 

So Michael went to Bishop Dunne.  He played sports, worked hard to make good grades, and kept in contact with a neat guy who was the admissions director at Jesuit.

He got in as a sophomore.  He did excellently.

 

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The Offertory with Louis & Sandra, John & Mary Jane

 

Next Michael wanted to go to A&M and join the corps.  He did not get in.  He does not test well.  So he went to Tech and joined the Air Force ROTC.  After 4 years there he invited me to the ceremony where he was to get his lieutenant bars.  

The ceremony was in a big auditorium.  Michael was the last.  On the stage with him were his mom and his girl friend, Lydia.  At one point in his personal ceremony Michael turns to the whole auditorium, asks their patience for a moment, turns back to Lydia, drops on a knee, and asks her to marry him. 

Talk about blowing the roof off of the auditorium.  Everybody went crazy.  She said yes. 

 

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It does not get better than this, Vivi, Quera, and Mikala.

 

Now, Michael has long finished his flight training, part of which took place right up at the scene of the Hotter N’ Hell, Wichita Falls.  He has been stationed all over the world, like Aviano, Italy, where we got the name of our dog, Aviana, after a visit there.   He has a little boy and a girl, a beautiful wife in Lydia, and a platinum career as a jet pilot.  

Michael has denied himself a lot of quite legitimate pleasures to achieve some healthy goals.  Even now he continues to keep himself in good physical and intellectual shape.  

So, how do you deny yourself and take up a cross? 

 

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Best buddies, Sophia and Emma.
 

 


Announcements

 

Rosemary's Blessing of  The Week:

 

Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people,

A heart that forgives the worst,

A mind that forgets the bad,

And a soul that never loses faith in God.

Unknown              

 

A Second Blessing:

Beauty is skin deep

But fabulous is forever.

Unknown          

 

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Mike reading from the Prophet Jeremiah

 

 

Special Thanks to these special people:

  •    For  the Readings:  Mike & Geri
  •    For The Team:    Georgie & Buddy
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Alison
  •    For the Special Communion Cups:  Jan & Charlie
  •    For the Pictures:   Rick & Connie & Mike & Beth 
  •    For the coffee and extras:   John & Jackie
  •    For the altar & sound:  Jackie & Hue
  •    For the Music:     Ben & Wemdy 
  •    For all who helped with Communion 

 

 

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Geri reading from Romans

 

 

Birthdays:   Aggie Stryker & Maureen Macchio

Anniversaries:

Nina & Kerry (30th, Tuesday)

Monica & Richard  Froebe (30th, Tuesday in FL)

David & Caroline (32nd, Wednesday

Rob & Beth (43rd, Thursday)

Aggie & Allen (50th, Saturday)

Mike & Dee (60th, Thursday)

 

 

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Rosemary reading her Blessing of The Week.

 

 

Please Remember these special people

Mike's swollen knee;   For the Urbanczyk family;   For Connie Bresson's mom;     For Carol's recuperation;   For Tom Good;     For Dee and her daughter, Lisa;    For John Schanot's continued recuperation;  For Nadia's recuperation;   For Geri's  nephew, Martin Calabrese and Martins' family;  For a young man who is suffering from depression;    For Claire's mom; For Cliff & Jean;   For Rosemary's niece, Beth and her partner, Sarah with cancer;   For Laura's sister Claudia;   For Dawn;   John Simari’s friend, Ron;   For Anthony & Sabrina;   For John & Jean's son John Louis;   For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Rose's daughter in law Jamie; For a young father of two & married, Paul Day, struggling with a heart condition

 

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Happy 43rd Anniversary, Rob & Beth.

 

 

For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou;  For Cathy's uncle, Jim Wright at 92;   For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;     For Maureen’s daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;      For Jackie's friend, Barbara, plus Angela & her mom;    For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;   John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;    for Franks brother with advanced Parkinsons;      For Steve Barrett, Rose, & Katie;

 

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Even though Mike is celebrating his 60th Wedding Anniversary with Dee from his seat at the Heavenly Banquet Table, we celebrate, nevertheless, the Anniversary of you two dear people, Dee. 
 

 

 

Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill, and Judy's aging parents;  Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip and Ethan Michel, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's  Annie & Kaitlen;

 

 

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Aggie & Allen, and, too, Aggie, to you, Happy Birthday.

 

 

 Yom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, their granddaughter, Mikayla;   plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer;   Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter; for Mary Ellen;  For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues; for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Ryan McClurg and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President.

 

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Thanks, Sophia, for being a delightful Candle Lighter of The Week.

 

 

Your Finances, September 3, 2017

Expenses:   $1125.00

Outreach:    $ 685.00

Special Note:

In the name of the Community, we will donate this week

$1000 plus to the special fund established by the Houston mayor

$1000 plus to the 1st Baptist Church of Rockport  

Food Drive next Sunday for the North Dallas Shared Ministries Food Pantry.

Thanks for your Generosity, Everybody.

Note: Sunday ca. 1:00 P.M. at the Costco at Churchill & Central (the new one), there was no line for gasoline at all.


 

Ladies 1

 

Who let these ladies out on the street this past Friday?? 

 

Have a Great Week, J.S

(214-783-0443)

 

 

Ladies 2

 

They say 'ladies' luncheon,' with 22 people.  Can't be any fun without us guys.

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement  

      Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People,  provides for & challenges spiritual & total growth.  

      Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged & make the world  we live in a better place to live.

 

  Ladies 3

 

Got to be trouble with these two!


Reminder for Sunday, September 3, 2017, Ordinary Time

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Our Dear Hostess of Hospitality says, "Welcome in, everybody."

 

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee & juice, and pastries, some bought, some home-made.  

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & Stack 

Place: Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

 

Sign Langage

 

Our Specialty, Sign Language.

 

Readings:

Jeremiah  20, 7-9,    You duped me, Lord, and I let myself be duped

Psalm 63,   My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Roman s 12, 1-2,  Do not conform yourselves to this age.

Matthew 16, 21-27,  Whoever wishes to come after me, must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  

 

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Hi, Stella.

 

Community Activities:  

ROMEO MEET: Friday, September 1, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.  Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.  

JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together),   September 1, Friday

 Hi Everyone,

Maybe it will be a little cooler when we get together for Lunch Friday, September 1st at 12:30 at YE Shire Tavern 3600 Shire Blvd. Richardson.  Hope everybody can join us for a lot of fun and laughs as we share our summer.  Please let me know if you can make it.
 

Thanks,

Marilyn

972-491-7068    

 

 

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"Pastry Shoppe is Open!," say Stella and Ulysses.

 

To My Dear Fellow Community Members: 

 

I am thinking about Our Community donating to the Hurricane recovery $2000.   We can afford the donation and the board has approved of the move.  What do you think?

 We are in the process of selecting a trustworthy partner and one where the executives are not receiving inflated salaries.   At the moment we are considering smaller, more local groups like The Houston Mayor's special recovery fund just set up and the Houston Food Bank

 We can talk about this Sunday or you may text me or Rosemary, or send an email.

 

Thanks, John

 

He is back

 

Beware, That Man, Sir Charlie, is back.

 

 

What is going on in Our Catholic World

  1. Priests' Children,   Boston Globe & National Catholic Reporter, August 21, 1400 words,     Download CHILDREN OF PRIESTS 8-8-17

 

 

Wendy & Stella

 

Stella and her favorite aunt.

 

True?

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.

 
-Phyllis Diller
 

 

Brent  no cupcakes again

 

Not again, no cupcake!

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

Married priest

 

Says who?  Priests don't need help, even getting dressed. 

 

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement

Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People, provides for and challenges spiritual and total growth.

Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged and make the world we live in a better place to live.

 

Parakeets

 

So who let those parakeets in here?

 

Peace

 

Peace, Everybody.