Fr. Terry’s Sharing…
Good News of Glad Tidings! And don’t we all need more of that in our lives. As I get older and have more years behind me than in front of me (although nothing can out do the eternity ahead of me in God’s plan because He is a compassionate God), I am more mindful of how the past has shaped who I am now. The same can be said about our parish church and family. As I look back on the litany of pastors, God has been good to St. Michael Parish. We started with Msgr. Michael Doyle from 1979 to 1989. Then Fr. Michael Wensing was our pastor from 1989-1999. Next came Fr. Joseph Vogel from 1999 to 2004, a time with us shortened by the birth of our daughter parish – St. Katharine Drexel of which he became the founding pastor. Last on our list is Fr. Chuck Cimpl from 2004-2015. Each in his own way brought his talents, ministry, and love of God to help us grow and prosper in God’s Kingdom here at St. Michael. But the history of the parish has three legs. The second leg is all those who served St. Michael as parish staff. Truth be told, it is their efforts that often make the pastor look very good. I should know as I see it every day. The third leg is all the members of this parish, from those who helped start our parish to all of us today. It is you who found a home here and decided that this parish and it’s parishioners can give something lovingly to those who follow. You have invested your lives, your faith, your hope, and your love here at St. Michael. And it shows by all the good things happening here and the fact that almost every weekend we have guests visiting us who compliment how welcome they felt, how prayerful their experience was, and how they will be back. Take a bow…and Thank You. What a great foundation for our lives!
We want to pass it on to those who come after us, God would expect no less of us. We want to do that with gratitude in our hearts and a celebration of who we are. One way we celebrate is offering a thank you and at the same time caring for our present/future needs, is our banquet event to honor former pastors and provide the funds for our staff. Last year we honored Msgr. Doyle and raised money to help with the salaries of our staff. They are such a treasure to us, we don’t want to lose them. And we recognize that they are sacrificing on the salaries they make to minister here. All of them could make much more in the secular world, but they believe in the goodness of this parish and God’s kingdom.
Fr. Mike Wensing will be honored on Sunday, October 6 at 5:30pm. Details are in this bulletin. Fr. Mike has been gone from the parish for twenty years and some people might not know him. As an introduction, he will be with us at all the Masses on the weekend of Aug. 31/Sept. 1. Come and celebrate our roots of faith with gratitude and provide for our future as we acknowledge God’s presence in our midst here and now.
Fr. Terry’s Sharing…A Hodge Potage of Sharings!
First up, the Children’s sharing in the giving envelopes of Stewardship:
¨ I helped with Vacation Bible School.
¨ I picked up candy and cracker wrappers in the pews.
¨ I picked up the dog’s toys and boy is he messy.
¨ I vacuumed.
¨ I watched my little sister.
¨ I cleaned up after my brother, why does there have to be more food on the floor than his plate?
¨ I saw a homeless person and said a prayer for him.
¨ I told Fr. Tom he was the greatest.
¨ I loaded the dishwasher, but could not unload it because they all go higher than I can reach.
¨ I saw a woman in the Chapel praying and I said a prayer for her.
¨ I helped put the puzzle away.
¨ My Dad was sad and I made him smile.
¨ I cleaned my room for the third time today.
¨ I helped other kids with their projects.
¨ I drew a picture for Fr. Tom to put on his fridge so he would not forget us.
¨ I loved and forgave my brother even though he did not deserve it.
¨ I helped Grandma get up when she fell and put a bandaid on her cut.
¨ I put dresses on my dolls so they would not be cold.
¨ I helped my babysitter cook supper.
¨ I shared my books with a little girl that had none.
¨ I gave smiling hugs as I cleaned.
¨ I helped by making Mom and Dad’s coffee.
¨ I helped my Dad even though he said he did not need help, but I told him everyone needs some help.
¨ I made a homemade birthday card for Grandma.
¨ I watched my sister while Mom went to the grocery store.
¨ I played trucks with my little brother even though it was boring.
¨ I found a quarter and am giving it to the church.
¨ I shared my candy bar even though my sister did not share hers with me.
¨ I helped feed my cousin’s cats and chickens but not the chickens to the cats.
¨ I helped my Mom make sandwiches for Dad working outside and then I sat with him so he would not have to eat alone.
¨ I helped my cousin.
¨ I helped take out the garbage.
¨ I did not yell today.
¨ I drew a picture of Mom as a queen because she is special.
¨ I went to a baptism and helped hold things for Father.
¨ I held my sister’s hand as she crosses the street.
¨ I helped set the table.
¨ I colored pictures to set the meals on.
Things they said they were praying for: my family, the poor, Mom, the sick, my sister’s First Communion, the church, peace, Dad, for better behavior, for my neighbors, my grandma, for my swim teacher, the homeless, our country, the veterans, my daycare, my sister who has cancer, my friends from school that I miss, I prayed for those suffering from the floods, for the farmers, for Jesus who helped me, for those in nursing homes, for my sister’s wedding, for those who are sad. Out of all these, by far, the most said that they were praying for the poor. Thanks to parents for raising compassionate children.
When driving on trips, my Mom used to put all sorts of things in a big bag. We would take turns picking something out and then we had to make a prayer about it. Some of the ones I remember: A map and praying that we would not get lost and see new things. A bell…that we would not miss anything important and listen to the songbirds along the way. A ball…that we would play nicely together and laugh a lot. A vase…so we would not stop to “smell the roses” and enjoy nature’s beauty. It taught us to be creative, to pray in a fun way, and to enjoy each other. What things would you put in a bag to travel with?