Reminder for Sunday, August 22, 2016, 21st Ordinary Time, C

    Buddy 1

 

 

Sez Buddy, "Welcome in, Folks, just wake me when that old geezer stops talking."

 

 

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 

 

 

Gen-Leo

 

 

Well, Leo, I hate to tell you, but that little Genevieve seems to find you funny.

 

Readings:

Sirach  3, 17-18, 20 28-29,  My child, conduct your affairs with humility.

Psalm 68,  God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.

Hebrews 12, 5-7, 18-19,    You have approached Mount Zion

Luke 14, 13-18,  When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, & the blind.

 

 

Kevin 1

 

 

Kevin with his warm smile also says, "Welcome, Everybody."

 

Community Activities:  

ROMEO MEET: Friday, August 26, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.  Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.   The Old Geezer will miss, HHH.                                                                                                          

JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together):     Sept 2 ,Friday, @ 1 pm,Location to be announced.

RSVP to me please, Jeanne, pickincotton26@verizon.net

 

This from Anthony DeGenova:                                                                                                                    

Dear Father Stack,

Thank you very much for being my sponsor for my LEGO Drive, as part of my Eagle Scout project.

I would appreciate it, if you would please post the attached message to your blog.

I really value all of the support from you and the Stack Community.

Thanks, Anthony DeGenova

 

 

Our Father

 

Our Father.

 

 

Dear Stack Ministry,

Hello, my name is Anthony DeGenova.  I am 17 years old, and am working on my Boy Scouts Eagle Project.  My mission is to donate LEGO blocks to under-privileged children.  This project includes the collection, cleaning, sterilizing, sorting, packaging, and delivery of the LEGO blocks to a few charities that cater to children. I plan to donate all of mine, and would like very much to collect as many as possible from friends and neighbors like you, who wouldn’t mind giving theirs up for needy children.  I am accepting both used and new LEGO blocks. Please bring the LEGO blocks to church and my parents will pick them up.  Alternatively, I will gladly pick them up from your house, at your convenience. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at:

Telephone: 972-495-3639

Email Address:  anthonydegenova@outlook.com

I look forward to your support, and hope to make this drive and my Eagle project a success. Thank you very much for your help,

Anthony DeGenova
3021 North Spring Court
Garland TX  75044

   

 

Leals

 

Mary Ellen, you are risking your good name hanging out with those Leals.
                               

                                                                 

What is going on in Our Catholic World

  1. Celibacy, the elephant in the living room,  Life Newsletter,  August 8,   700  words,    Download Celibacy the Elephant 8-25-16 
  2. A short history of celibacy,  Future Church,  Needs to be zoomed up,       Download Celibacy

 

Jeanne-Patricia

 

Anybody know these characters, like Jeanne & Patricia?

 

 

True?

This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple; the philosophy is simple kindness.

THE DALAI LAMA

 

Georgie & friend

 

Georgie & her BFF Meghan with Cathy supervising the cafeteria, like old times at PSH.

 

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

Married priest 2

 

So, how did priests manage all those centuries without a wife to help them get 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.

 

  Peace 2

 

Peace, Everybody.


Sunday Homily, August 21, 21st Sunday Ordinary, C

Readings:

Isaiah  66, 18-21,  I know their works and their thoughts.  (This is the last chapter of the book of Isaiah.)

Psalm 117,  Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.

Hebrews 12, 5-7, 11-13,    He scourges every son he acknowledges.

Luke 13, 22-30,  Strive to enter through the narrow gate.

 

Gen-Leo 2

Leo and Genevieve say, "Welcome in, Everybody."

 


Isaiah 66 observations:

Author: Isaiah III.  The book of Isaiah is one of my favorites.  Some beautiful passages.  Remember, 3 primary authors are responsible for the 66 chapters, and we are reading the very last.  Isaiah 1 covers chapters 1-39.  This book is one of the Big 3 O.T. prophets, along with Jeremiah and Ezekiel.  This is because the works are the longest.  There are 12 minor prophets.

Time: ca. 700, before the Assyrians annihilate the northern Jewish kingdom, called Israel, vs the southern kingdom called Judah, where Jerusalem is.  10 tribes were lost in this destruction, the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel. 

 

 

Leo-John

 

Leo and his buddy, John, also say, "Come on in, Folks." 



 

 

Remember, there were 12 tribes.  Why?  Because of the 12 sons of Jacob, who was one of the 3 great patriarchs or founders of the tribe, Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob, who was also called Israel. 

 Message of Isaiah III: Mostly consolation after the catastrophe.   What is the basic activity of a prophet?  1.  criticism, 2. prediction of dire payment, 3. consolation.

Today’s message: this being the last chapter of the whole work, you might guess.  Yes, consolation and future unity.

 

 

Buddy-Candles

Buddy, our Candle Lighter of The Week, at work.


 

 

Psalm  117:  The best line in the whole bunch of readings.  Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.

Hebrews observation:

 The best thing about today's selection: we have to read Hebrews only one more week.  Awful reading today.

 

 

Gen dancing

Genevieve says, "Like my new dance step?" 

 

 

It is all Good News

You will never guess where I was this past Friday morning at 6:00.  Yep, you know me too well.   I was beginning spin class at the Jewish Community Center.  I have a special story about something that happened at that class.

Normally we have 10 to 16 or so people for the classes.  But Friday morning we had only about 7-8.  Plus we had a substitute teacher or directress of the orchestra, a lady named Alesia, whose style I like, a bit more laid back.

 

 

Goods

Becky and Tom, good friends. 

 

 

So, just as Alesia was instructing us to get started, I stepped away from my bike and made a sign to her that I would like to talk.  So she gave me the welcome sign. 

I stepped forward, turned a bit to include the class, and said that a very special person was celebrating her birthday that day, Haya.   I went over to her and gave her a gift of a little package of cookies called BelVita. 

 

 

Harper 2

Harper says, "Hi, Everybody." 

 

 

Haya is an older woman, which makes her special to me.  She is about 5‘1”, is a little hunchbacked, has a vertical scar on the back of her right shoulder, is very quiet and shy, speaks English with a foreign accent, and drives a gold Prius (as I say frequently, “Anybody who drives a gold Prius has got to be special). 

We finish the class, sing Happy Birthday, start drying off, stretching, and preparing to leave.  I feel a tap on my back.  Haya.  She thanks me for remembering her.  Then she says, “This is the happiest day of my life.”

 

 

Leals

Grace and Richard, more good friends. 

 

 

 I cannot believe what I just heard.  I am so touched.  On the one hand, I am touched that such a small gesture can mean so much to her.  On the other, does this say something about her life?  Could she be a victim of the Holocaust?  I discover that we are the same age, 76.  What has she seen in life that I have never seen? 

Why talk about her this morning?  Two reasons.   Because she is Good News.  The Psalm says, “Go out and tell the Good News.”  People are Good News.   I want to know her story.

 

 

Music 2

 

The Best Music, Shonda, Bethany (guess who is expecting?), and Ray.

 

 

Secondly, I want also to contextualize the negativity of Hebrews and Luke. 

There was a strong belief in these times that God was definitely a conditional love God.  Why did the Babylonian Captivity take place?  The Israelites were bad.  Jeremiah says it, the Isaiahs say it.   And so it was written.  In fact, God scourges those who are his special people.

 

 

Offertory

 

Offertory with Mike & Judy, and Mary.

 

Pretty much this opinion of God has been discarded.  But, remember Katrina?  Happened because New Orleans was bad.  So would you believe that God this past spring was punishing Garland, Blue Mound, and other Dallas suburbs when the hail and rain wrecked people’s houses?  Is sickness a penance for a sinful, bad life?

Me?  I believe and propose that people are The Good News, that you are The Good News.

 

 

Play station

 

Play station Number 1. 

 

 

And you?   A God who scourges and demands penance or a God who proclaims that people are The Good News?

 


Announcements

Rosemary’s Blessing of The Week 

May you learn to see your self

With the same delight,

Pride and expectation

With which God sees you in every moment.                                                                          

To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue

 

 

Denni

 

Denni reading from The Great Prophet Isaiah (the third here).

 

 

Our Special Thanks

  •    For  the Readings:  Denni & Tom
  •    For The Team:   Kevin & Georgie & Buddy
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Alison
  •    For the Special Communion Cups:  Jan & Sir Charlie
  •    For the Pictures:   Rick & Connie, Mike & Beth
  •    For the coffee and extras:   Mike & Geri & Jackie & Michelle
  •    For the altar & sound: Hue & Jackie
  •    For the Music:   Ray & Bethany & Shonda 
  •    For all who helped with communion   

 

 

Tom 1

 

Tom reading from Hebrews.

 

 

Birthdays:    Kara Butterly (16, Wednesday), John Simari (retiring the end of the week

Anniversaries:

Bernadette & Gilberto (51, Today, Sunday)

 

 

Ro 1
 

 

Rosemary reading her Blessing of The Week.

 

 

Special:  Please don't forget Anthony's Legos. 

 

Please Remember these special people:

For Carol’s treatment;  For John Schanot's treatment;   For Brent's mom;   For Frank's treatment;    For Nadia's recuperation;   For a young man who is suffering from depression; For Claire's mom;  For Jan’s mom;  For Grace's mom and brother in Alberta ;   For Dee and Mike;   For Tom Good;     For Cliff & Jean;   For Loretta's brother, Don Garcia;   For Laura's sister Claudia; For Bernadette's mom;  For Dawn;   John Simari’s friend, Ron;          For Anthony;   For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues;  For Frank & Mary's niece, Lisa, with cancer;     For John & Jean's son John Louis;    For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Jackie Urbanczyk's continued recovery;

 

 

Buddy-cupcake

 

Thanks, Buddy, for being our Candle Lighter of The Week.

 

For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou;  For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;    The Quinn’s granddaughter, Mikayla;   For Maureen’s daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;      For Jackie's friend, Barbara, plus Angela;   For Nadia's friend, Shannon Freeman;   For Nina Tucker's dad, Art;   For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;  Judy Thompson's dad in the hospital;  John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;  Charlie's brother in law with cancer;    Frank’s sister, Grace Campos, 84, with stage one;     Diane McClurg's mom;   For Steve Barrett, Rose, & Katie;

 

 

Delgados

 

Happy 51 Years, Gil and Bern.  Who are those little kiddies hanging around you and for what reason?

 

 

Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill.   Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip and Ethan Michel, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's dad & niece & Annie & Kyler;    Gilberto's mom and brother; Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer;   Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter; for Mary Ellen & her Margaret, Jim, & Christopher;   for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Ryan McClurg and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President that he have great success and someday hold his grandchildren in his lap.

 

 

John 1

 

Congratulations, John, on retirement this week.

 

Your Finances, August 21, 2016

Expenses:   $1910.00 

Outreach:   $  875.00

Donated today:  $1500 to Souls Harbor via Brent.

Thanks for your Generosity, Everybody.

 

Brent 1

 

Thanks, Brent, for the marvelous work you do as director of Souls Harbor.



 

Have a Great Week, J.S

(214-783-0443)

 

Molly

 

Welcome in, Molly, a delight to have you with us. 

 

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.

 

 

Georgie 1

 

Georgie says, "See you all next week, Folks, welcome back."


Reminder for Sunday, August 21, 2016, 21st Ordinary Time

 

  Gen 4

 

Says Genevieve, "Welcome in, Everybody.  Want to see me walk?"

 

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 

 

Alison 1

 

Alison says,  "That little Genevieve can walk, alright.  In fact, you never know where you will find her."
 

 

Readings:

Isaiah  66, 18-21,  I know their works and their thoughts.  (This is the last chapter of the book of Isaiah.)

Psalm 117,  Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.

Hebrews 12, 5-7, 11-13,    He scourges every son he acknowledges.

Luke 13, 22-30,  Strive to enter through the narrow gate.

 

  Cath-Connie

 

Cathy & Connie say, "Welcome in, Everybody; we won't let that old guy talk forever."

 

Community Activities:  

  1. ROMEO MEET: Friday, August 19, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.   Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.                                                                                                           
  2. JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together):   TBA                                                                                                               
  3. This from Anthony DeGenova:                                                                                                                    

Dear Father Stack,

Thank you very much for being my sponsor for my LEGO Drive, as part of my Eagle Scout project.

I would appreciate it, if you would please post the attached message to your blog.

I really value all of the support from you and the Stack Community.

Thanks, Anthony DeGenova  

 

 

  Sir Charlie

 

Sez Sir Charlie,  "Psst, quiet, want to buy cheap a like new used car?"  Now would you buy a used car from this character?

 

                                                                                                                                                                         

Dear Stack Ministry,

Hello, my name is Anthony DeGenova.  I am 17 years old, and am working on my Boy Scouts Eagle Project.  My mission is to donate LEGO blocks to under-privileged children.  This project includes the collection, cleaning, sterilizing, sorting, packaging, and delivery of the LEGO blocks to a few charities that cater to children. I plan to donate all of mine, and would like very much to collect as many as possible from friends and neighbors like you, who wouldn’t mind giving theirs up for needy children.  I am accepting both used and new LEGO blocks. Please bring the LEGO blocks to church and my parents will pick them up.  Alternatively, I will gladly pick them up from your house, at your convenience. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at:

Telephone: 972-495-3639

Email Address:  anthonydegenova@outlook.com

I look forward to your support, and hope to make this drive and my Eagle project a success. Thank you very much for your help,

Anthony DeGenova
3021 North Spring Court
Garland TX  75044

 

 

Kevin 1

Kevin, the guy with The Great Smile.                                                                                                     

 

 

What is going on in Our Catholic World

  1. Francis will make a visit to Poland,  National Catholic Reporter,  August 11,   1880  words,     Download Francis visits Poland 8-18-16
  2. Francis' dealings with Traditionalists, Global Pulse,  July 20,  700 words,      Download Francis and Traditionalists 8-18-16
  3. Dallas Bishop is moving on,   National Catholic Reporter,  August 17,  363 words,     Download Dallas Bishop 8-18-16

 

 

Harper 2 (2)

 

A very busy Harper.

 

 

True?

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

Winston Churchill

 

Zoe 2

 

 

An equally busy Zoe.
 

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

  Cole communion

Cole receiving communion from Geri with that used car salesman looking on.

 

 

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.

 

Peace 1

 

Peace.  Kevin with his mom, Connie.


Sunday Homily, August 14, 2016, 20th Sunday Ordinary

Readings:

Jeremiah   38, 4-6, 8-10  They took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern.

Psalm 40,  Lord, come to my aid

Hebrews 12, 1-4,    Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.

Luke 12, 49-53,  Do you think I have come to establish peace on earth.  No.

(Less than amiable readings again this week.)

 

Cole-Gen

 

Cole & Genevieve say, "Welcome in, Everybody," and Gen. says, "Hey, Who is this nice guy?  I think I like him."

 

 

Jeremiah Observations:

Author:  really Jeremiah or at least his scribe.

Date:  after the Babylonian Captivity again, say 555 years before Chrsit. Jeremiah sees the Babylonian catastrophe coming and says it is going to be how Yahweh punishes the people for their evil and unjust ways.

Subject:  Jeremiah is the classic prophet.  He does the 3 things characteristic of a prophet.  He criticizes the behavior of the people.  He promises punishment from Yahweh.  He indicates that a better day will come.    Jeremiah lives to see the punishment, that is the Captivity.  Probably not the return from captivity.

Our selection:  Jeremiah pays the price of most real prophets.  The people are enraged, turn against him, and watch what happens.

 

Zoe 1

 

Zoe, too, says, "Hi, Folks, Come in."

 

 

God establish Peace on Earth ?  YES!

Last Thursday when Rosemary & I were doing our early morning bike ride around White Rock Lake, I stopped at the north bridge, originally to stop racing and just appreciate the beauty of the lake.  Now days, however, I discover I also love to watch the dogs in their doggie park and in the water.

Dallas has constructed a flagstone platform at the edge of the lake where dogs and owners can play at dogs chasing objects thrown in the water.

 

Cole-candle

 

 

Cole, our candle lighter of the week, at his specialty.

 

Thursday I spotted a generic, medium sized, white, short haired dog who was so full of life.  His tail never ceased to wag, whether on land, eager for a ball to be thrown, or even in the water.   That dog was a portrait of joy and excitement.

I climbed back on my bike touched with warmth and peace.

 

G-father
 

The Generations, Dad, daughter, & grand daughter, Gilbert, Michelle, & Zoe.

 

I get the same feeling when Aviana comes racing to greet Rosemary and me after we have been away a while, tail wagging, excited, and wiggling with joy.  Warmth and peace.

So, do you think our God is a God of peace or a God who brings strife, division, and conflict?   Peace, me.  Luke must have had a bad day at the office when he wrote up this 12th chapter.

Let me give you 4 other examples of where I find the God of Peace.

 

Kevin & Harper

 

Buddies, Kevin & Harper. 

 

A month from now about 10 of us will go to Idaho for our annual 9 day back packing trip in the mountains.  God gives me nothing more marvelously peaceful than to sit around the evening campfire, eat a good meal, and enjoy the simple camaraderie.  I can feel the peace already.

Talking about camaraderie, our Friday Romeos and our Sunday mornings here together, both give me peace and joy. 

 

Music 1

 

Does it get any better?  Shonda, Bethany, Ray, & David.

 

Then there is an elderly little lady at the Jewish Community Center gym..  The first time I saw her a week or so ago she was getting off the elevator with a walker.   Fairly disheveled she was dressed in a long cover all and had red sneakers.   What really struck me immediately was her wig.   Cancer survivor.  I was humbled.  So I said good morning and she responded with an upbeat, pleasant response.    She went over, sat down on one of the exercise machines, and started exercising.  

 From her I take peace and humility.

 

The Line up 1

 

The Line up.  Can anybody identify these characters?

 

Finally, the big one for me comes in about 3 months, Thanksgiving.  Is there anything better than a feast for counting blessings, experiencing joy and peace?   We are blessed in America to have it. 

So, what do you think?  God brings division and strife?  Or God brings Peace and Joy?   For me, no question, God brings Peace and Joy.

What do you think?

 

Offertory 1

The Offertory Team, John & Alison, Mary Ellen & Grace.

 


Announcements

Rosemary’s Blessing of The Week

As a dog runs, barks, jumps, and dances

when its happy;

Oh God …

Help us to remember that

You run, bark, jump, and dance for love of us every day.

 

Mike 2

 

Mike reading from the Prophet Jeremiah.

                                                                                                      

Our Special Thanks

  •    For  the Readings:   Mike & Geri
  •    For The Team:   Kevin & Georgie & Buddy
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Alison
  •    For the Special Communion Cups:  Jan & Sir Charlie
  •    For the Pictures:   Rick & Connie & Mike 
  •    For the coffee and extras:   Mike & Geri & Jackie
  •    For the altar & sound: Hue & Jackie
  •    For the Music:   Ray & Bethany & Shonda & David
  •    For all who helped with communion   

 

Geri 2

 

Geri reads from Hebrews.

 

Birthdays:    Rose (Monday), Marlene (Tuesday), Meghan Robinson Shadrick (Thursday)

Anniversaries:

Ryan McClurg & Grace, (3rd, Tuesday)

John & Jean, (58, Tuesday)

 

Ro 1


Rosemary reading her Blessing of The Week.

 

Special:  Please don't forget Anthony's Legos. 

 

Please Remember these special people:

For Carol’s treatment;  For John Schanot's treatment;   For Nadia's recuperation;   For a young man who is suffering from depression; For Claire's mom;  For Jan’s mom;  For Grace's mom and brother in Alberta ;   For Dee and Mike;   For Tom Good;     For Cliff & Jean;   For Loretta's brother, Don Garcia;   For Laura's sister Claudia; For Bernadette's mom;  For Frank; For Dawn;   John Simari’s friend, Ron;      For Frank's treatment;     For Anthony;   For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues;  For Frank & Mary's niece, Lisa, with cancer;     For John & Jean's son John Louis;    For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Jackie Urbanczyk's continued recovery;

 

Carrie 1

 

Happy Birthday, Carrie.

 

For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou;  For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;    The Quinn’s granddaughter, Mikayla;   For Maureen’s daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;      For Jackie's friend, Barbara, plus Angela;   For Nadia's friend, Shannon Freeman;   For Nina Tucker's dad, Art;   For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;  Judy Thompson's dad in the hospital;  John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;  Charlie's brother in law with cancer;    Frank’s sister, Grace Campos, 84, with stage one;     Diane McClurg's mom;   For Steve Barrett, Rose, & Katie;

 

Lynda

 

Happy Birthday to you, Lynda.

 

 

Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill.   Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip and Ethan Michel, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's dad & niece & Annie & Kyler;    Gilberto's mom and brother; Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer;   Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter; for Mary Ellen & her Margaret, Jim, & Christopher;   for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Ryan McClurg and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President that he have great success and someday hold his grandchildren in his lap.

 

Marlene

 

And Happy Birthday to you, Marlene.  

 

Your Finances, August 14, 2016

Expenses:   $1065.00  

Outreach:   $ 350.00 

Donated today:  nothing special

Thanks for your Generosity, Everybody.

 

Buddy 1

 

Wake up, Buddy, A Great Man Speaks.  


 

Have a Great Week, J.S

(214-783-0443)

 

Gen-Mary

 

Genevieve says, "What Great Man Speaks, Mom?"

 

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.

-

  The Team 2


The "A Team," right Buddy?  


Reminder for Sunday, August 14, 2016, 20th Ordinary Time

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Barbara 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 

 

Celeste 2

 

And welcome home to you, too, Celeste, from your teaching music in Albania.

 

Readings:

Jeremiah   38, 4-6, 8-10  They took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern.

Psalm 40,  Lord, come to my aid

Hebrews 12, 1-4,    Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.

Luke 12, 49-53,  Do you think I have come to establish peace on earth.  No.

(Less than amiable readings again this week.)

 

Dinsmores
 

Happy 30th to you, Donna and David.

 

Community Activities:  

  1. ROMEO MEET: Friday, August 12, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.   Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.                                                                                                           
  2. JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together):   TBA                                                                                                               
  3.  This from Anthony DeGenova:                                                                                                                    

    Dear Father Stack,

    Thank you very much for being my sponsor for my LEGO Drive, as part of my Eagle Scout project.

    I would appreciate it, if you would please post the attached message to your blog.

    I really value all of the support from you and the Stack Community.

    Thanks, Anthony DeGenova                                                                                                                                                                            

    Dear Stack Ministry,

    Hello, my name is Anthony DeGenova.  I am 17 years old, and am working on my Boy Scouts Eagle Project.  My mission is to donate LEGO blocks to under-privileged children.  This project includes the collection, cleaning, sterilizing, sorting, packaging, and delivery of the LEGO blocks to a few charities that cater to children. I plan to donate all of mine, and would like very much to collect as many as possible from friends and neighbors like you, who wouldn’t mind giving theirs up for needy children.  I am accepting both used and new LEGO blocks. Please bring the LEGO blocks to church and my parents will pick them up.  Alternatively, I will gladly pick them up from your house, at your convenience. 

    If you have any questions, please contact me at:

    Telephone: 972-495-3639

    Email Address:  anthonydegenova@outlook.com

    I look forward to your support, and hope to make this drive and my Eagle project a success. Thank you very much for your help,

    Anthony DeGenova
    3021 North Spring Court
    Garland TX  75044

                                                                                                     

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Happy 41st  to you, Hue and Linda.

 

What is going on in Our Catholic World

  1. Where are all the Vatican II priests today,   National Catholic Reporter,  August 3,   830  words,    Download Vatican II Priests 8-11-16

 

 

Mike 1

 

You and Judy take the prize today.   Happy 52nd, Mike.

 

 

True?

Men who have pierced ears are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry.

Rita Rudner, Comedian

 

  Juliet

Our Juliets, Mary, Connie, Jackie, Cindy, Jeanne, Rosemary, Judy, and Geri & Cathy.

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

Want to skateboard G.

 

Genevieve, want to go for a skateboard ride?

 

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.

 

Air Force 2

Some of our Air Force riders taking a break from helping others.

 

Peace 1

Peace, Everybody.

 


Sunday Homily, August 7, 2016, 19th Sunday Ordinary

Readings:

Wisdom   18, 6-9,  The night of the Passover was known.

Psalm 33,  Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Hebrews 11, 1-2, 8-19,   Faith is the realization of what is hoped for.

Luke 12, 32-48,  You must be prepared for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

(Less than amiable readings this week.)

 

Gen & John 1

Say Genevieve and John, "Welcome in Everybody."

 

 

Observations on the book of Wisdom:

What:  Exploration of the meaning and value of wisdom.  The author is the first to express a hope for immortality, a Greek concept.

 Who:  A Greek Jew who wrote probably in Alexandria, Egypt.

 

An observation on Hebrews:  one of the most difficult books in the Bible.

 

Gen 1

 

Just watch how good I can walk.

 

 

Watch out for the Beauty

As you may imagine, I am not comfortable at all with the tenor of our readings this morning.   Do you really think our God is a mean master sneaking around looking to snatch us when we have messed up? 

No way.    Instead, I would suggest our God is a God of gifts.  We are challenged to be alert, yes,  & watch out for the beautiful gift of the moment.  And there are many each day. 

Let me exemplify with three stories from Iowa and the Ragbrai bike rally.

 

Cole candle lighter 2

 

If there is a candle lighting Olympic category, sign up our man, Cole.
 

 

 

Firstly, on the third or fourth night of our week we pulled into a scenic hilly town called Centerville.  Our group of about 25 was invited by a couple to camp in their front and back yards. 

I arrived about 4:00 and immediately went out to get something to eat.  I returned and found the hosts, Terry and Kevin, had produced a huge spread in their driveway, hamburgers, brats, cookies, and two gallons of vanilla ice cream with, of course, chocolate sauce.  I could not believe my eyes.

 

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Camping in the shady yard of a beautiful Victorian two story. 

 

 

I was most touched and thanked them over & over.  This hospitality was a norm and it never ceased to catch me unaware and to touch me.  Our God is a God of Gifts.

Secondly, the Air Force.  Every year I see Air Force men & women in these marvelous blue & white bike outfits with big, upright wings on their back.  I remember other years when we had 50 or 60.  This year there were ca. 115, according to one guy I asked.  

 

Air Force 1

 

The Air Force, not only riding, all 120 plus of them, but helping anyone who came up with a flat, a dropped chain, or an accident.   They were everywhere and I told them I was really proud of them.  Sign up next year, Ryan, Chebino.

 

The men and women not only rode the 500 miles, they also stopped to help bikers who had a flat or who had dropped their chain.  And, of course, they patched bikers up who had scratches & bruises.  Likewise, they can phone in for an ambulance, of which I saw a bunch.  I would see them all along the road.  I am so proud of these Air Force people.  Our God is a God of Gifts.     

Likewise, David, himself stopped once and patched up a girl he saw fall down.

 

Bike Anybody

 

Oh, my gosh, where did I put my bike?   A typical scene in every town we entered.  

 

 

Thirdly, on the second day coming out of Shenandoah and heading toward Creston, going up a hill, I spot a three wheel bike with two people.  One person is a woman in, say, her thirties.   Next to her was an older man, slender with white hair.  She is pedaling.

On the back of the tricycle there was a hand written sign.  “My father is 81 years old and he has stage 4 cancer.  This is his first Ragbrai.”   Wow.  Talk about being moved. 

 

Bridge 1

 

Does life get better than this?? 

 

 

This was only part of the story.  A guy had ridden past this dad & daughter, had dropped his bike up the hill, run back down, and was pushing the three wheeler up the hill.   Further up the hill I saw another guy had dropped his bike on the shoulder, and he, too, was running down to help push. 

Our God is a God of Gifts.

 

Crowd 1

 

And you were hoping to get through this town in how many minutes?  And you still have not reached the town square.

 

 

Because of many of these & many other similar moments, when I finally arrived at the marvelous, mighty Mississippi, I just had tears streaming down my cheeks. 

Our God is a God of Gifts.

What are yours today?

 

Zoe & Bern

Our God is a God of the Gift of cuddly grandmothers for lovely girls like Zoe.

 

 


Announcements

Rosemary’s Blessing of The Week

Come, O Dancing God,

Spirit of Life and Love,

of  Beauty and Diversity,

stir up my soul,

bathe me in your light,

and unleash my own spirit

that I may dance with you

and be light for those around me

and reflect your love to all that I meet this week.

Edited and adapted from a blessing by Fr. Andrew M. Greeley

 

  Rob 1

 

Rob reading from Wisdom.

 

Our Special Thanks

  •    For  the Readings:   Rob & Beth
  •    For The Team:   Kevin & Georgie & Buddy
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Alison
  •    For the Special Communion Cups:  Jan & Sir Charlie
  •    For the Pictures:   Rick & Connie, Mike & Beth
  •    For the coffee and extras:   Mike & Jackie
  •    For the altar & sound: Hue & Jackie
  •    For the Music:   Ray & Bethany & Shonda & David
  •    For all who helped with communion   

 


Beth 1
 

Beth reading from Hebrews.

 

 

Birthdays:    Eric Wittek, Lynda (56, Monday), Emery (27, Wednesday), Stephen Farmer (26, Friday), & Carrie (Wednesday)

Anniversaries:

Hue & Linda, (41, Tuesday)

Mike & Judy, (52, Monday)

 

Rosemary 1

 

Rosemary reading her Blessing of The Week.

 

 

Please Remember these special people:

For Carol’s treatment;  For John Schanot's treatment;   For Nadia's recuperation;   For a young man who is suffering from depression; For Claire's mom;  For Jan’s mom;  For Grace's mom and brother in Alberta ;   For Dee and Mike;   For Tom Good;     For Cliff & Jean;   For Loretta's brother, Don Garcia;   For Laura's sister Claudia; For Bernadette's mom;  For Frank; For Dawn;   John Simari’s friend, Ron;      For Frank's treatment;     For Anthony;   For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues;  For Frank & Mary's niece, Lisa, with cancer;     For John & Jean's son John Louis;    For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Jackie Urbanczyk's continued recovery;

 

  Offertory 1

 

Offertory with Ray & Ron, Barbara & Celeste.

 

 

For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou;  For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;    The Quinn’s granddaughter, Mikayla;   For Maureen’s daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;      For Jackie's friend, Barbara, plus Angela;   For Nadia's friend, Shannon Freeman;   For Nina Tucker's dad, Art;   For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;  Judy Thompson's dad in the hospital;  John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;  Charlie's brother in law with cancer;    Frank’s sister, Grace Campos, 84, with stage one;     Diane McClurg's mom;   For Steve Barrett, Rose, & Katie;

 

  Leo 1

 

Says Leo, "Anybody want to go for a ride on my skate board?"

 

Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill.   Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip and Ethan Michel, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's dad & niece & Annie & Kyler;    Gilberto's mom and brother; Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer;   Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter; for Mary Ellen & her Margaret, Jim, & Christopher;   for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Ryan McClurg and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President that he have great success and someday hold his grandchildren in his lap.

 

Music 1

The Best, Shonda & Bethany, Ray & David.

 

Your Finances, August 7, 2016

Expenses:   $920.00  

Outreach:   $465.00  

Donated today:  $400 to local special need

Thanks for your Generosity, Everybody.

 

Tents

 

Oops, where did I put my tent!  Ragrbrai general campground.


 

Have a Great Week, J.S

(214-783-0443)

 

Port o potty 1

 

Port-o-potty anybody?  Get in line.
 

 

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.

 

Old Geezer 1

Who let this Old Geezer out on the roads of Iowa?   Accessories include, Aviana on the helmet (How can I leave my dog at home?); Leis around the neck & on the handle bars about 8-10 strings of beads, all for kids and helpers along the way this day (ala New Orleans Mardi Gras).  The kids love the beads thrown to them.

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Reminder for Sunday, August 7, 2016, 19th Ordinary Time

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Harper says, "Welcome, Everybody, Come in."

 

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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From Kevin & John, "Welcome in, Folks."

 

 

Readings:

Wisdom   18, 6-9,  The night of the Passover was known.

Psalm 33,  Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Hebrews 11, 1-2, 8-19,   Faith is the realization of what is hoped for.

Luke 12, 32-48,  You must be prepared for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

(Less than amiable readings this week.)

 

CIMG5455
 

Mike shares his idea on the readings.

 

Community Activities:  

  1. ROMEO MEET: Friday, August 5, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.   Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.  Come hear all the gruseome details of Ragbrai in Iowa.
  2. JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together): is scheduled for Friday, August 5, 2016.

www.residenttaqueria.com  

9661 Audelia; southwest corner of Audelia and Walnut Hill.

Please RSVP so we can have a seat at the table.

 Contact Jeanne Vogel if interested in attending (pickincotton26@verizon.net)

                                                                      

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The Best Music with Shonda, Bethany, & Ray.
                                                                                                     

What is going on in Our Catholic World

  1.   A Catholic community in Boston loses their beloved church,   Corpus,  July 17, 1000 words,       Download A Catholic Church 8-4-16
  2.    Can the American Catholic community effect positively the political climate today, National Catholic Reporter, July 27, 1000 words,   Download A Catholic role 8-4-16                                                                                                                                                                                CIMG5429
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Leo, the Candle Man, at work.

 

True?

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.

Doug Larson, American columnist

 

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Wake up, Georgie, John is talking.

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

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Buddy, our special helper.

 

 

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.

 

Peace 3

"Peace, Ken," says Leo.