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Fr. Chuck’s Bulletin Article 1/18/15

Cimply Putting It…

When will we ever learn?…Probably one of the greatest testimonies of the fact of original sin and how we fail to learn from our past, is the problem of racism in our world.  Today it has rekindled in many of our cities in the USA.  What has our history taught us?  Have we really learned anything from our past?

Monday we honor Martin Luther King.  If you ask somebody who Martin Luther King, Jr. was, or if you go by what you might hear or read in the media, you will probably be told that he was a great civil rights leader and social activist.  This is true.  But at the heart of it, Martin Luther King was a Christian pastor—he was an American Baptist Minister. 

One of King’s favorite terms was what he called the “Beloved Community”.  As he promoted justice, his goal was not to defeat his opponents, not to bring down the oppressors, but to bring about reconciliation.  As a minister he often prayed for his enemies. 

One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King comes from an essay he wrote called  “The World House”.  Here’s a part of it.

“Some years ago a famous novelist died.  Among his papers was found a list of suggested plots for future stories, the most prominently underscored being this one:  “A widely separated family inherits a house in which they have to live together.”  This is the great new problem of humankind.  We have inherited a large house, a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together—black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu—a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace…All inhabitants of the globe are now neighbors.”

Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people share in the goodness of the earth.  In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger, and homelessness will not be tolerated because human decency will not allow it.  Racism, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.  In the Beloved Community, disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries instead of military power.  Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred.  As early as 1956—I was just 4 years old—King spoke of the Beloved Community as the end goal. 

Some of King’s detractors like to point out that he was a human being, that he had faults, and human foibles.  This is true.  He was certainly not a saint.  He made mistakes in judgment.  He put his marriage to the test.  He suffered from human facilities, like anxiety and depression.  But Christianity proclaims a God who came to us as we are, accepted us as we are, forgave us and gave us new life, and thus revealed that we do not have to be perfect in order to be loved by God. 

It is often in suffering where we come together.  I remember a story of a news correspondent who told about a time when there was a bomb that exploded in Israel.  Bloodied people were everywhere.  A man came running up to the correspondent holding a little girl in his arms.  He pleaded with him to take her to the hospital.  As a member of the press he would be able to get through the security cordon that had been thrown around the explosion scene.  They jumped into his car and rushed to the hospital.  The whole time the man was pleading with the correspondent to drive faster.  Sadly the little girl’s injuries were too great and she died in the hospital.  When the doctor came out to give them the news the man collapsed in tears.  The correspondent was lost for words.  Finally he said, “I don’t know what to say.  I can’t imagine what you must be going through.  I never lost a child.  But the man said, “Oh, no!  That girl is not my daughter.  I’m Israeli.  She was Palestinian.  But there comes a time when each of us must realize that every child, regardless of that child’s background, is a daughter or a son.  There comes a time when we realize that we are all family.” 

I wonder if I’ll ever see that time?

Two items for your consideration…First, if you have not yet scheduled a sitting for our new St. Michael pictorial directory, would you do so?  You can schedule a time online on our Parish website or by calling the Parish office.  Remember there is no cost to you and you receive a free picture and a new directory. 

Second, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of our Diocese, Bishop Swain will be celebrating an all Diocesan Catholic School Mass at the arena this Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.  If your schedule permits, please join us.  It is to celebrate Catholic Schools Week and Bishop Swain has always wanted to attempt to get all the Catholic School children in our Diocese together for a Mass.  It promises to be a wonderful celebration.

I feel so privileged to be part of this great family of St. Michael Parish.  We are called together each weekend.  Called to follow the Lord together, called to live together in this Beloved Community.  May it be so.  Amen.

Make it a great week.  clc

 

January 2015 Newsletter

Dear Parishioner:

Do you need some R & R?  As I was writing some last minute Christmas cards a couple of days before Christmas, the Parish Office phone rang and I answered it.  I thought for sure the woman on the other end was going to ask for the times of our Christmas Eve Masses.  The previous 7 calls wanted to know that information.  Instead she asked for the times of our New Year’s Eve Masses.  I was somewhat taken back and then asked her why she was interested in those Mass times.  She told me how she likes going to Mass on New Years for it was good to reflect on what had happened the past year and on what might happen in the coming one.  Then she asked me this question:  “Can you reflect forward?”  Most of the newspapers, TV, and radio stations have been about what happened the past 12 months.  But can we reflect forward?  Do we dare?  What might happen if, as we come to the end of this year, we were to take some time and make a list of reflections for 2015?  Maybe we could even take that list and put it somewhere so we can look at it occasionally.  The list might include living more peacefully, being more open to the surprising grace of God, or of gifting others with joy when we are tempted to slap them silly with sarcasm.  Yes, we all could use some R & R— Rest and Relaxation—but we may want to add another R & R to our lives—Reflect & Resolve.  It might posture us for the New Year.

New Year—New Envelope – For the past three years our offering envelope packet included our Inspired By Faith capital campaign green envelope.  I am so thankful to all of you who have made that campaign such a success.  In the past three years we have increased our office area, renovated our Nave & Commons areas, and resurfaced our parking lot.  The total cost was almost 2 million dollars.  We accomplished this without outside fundraising assistance, and we did not have to borrow any money.  You are amazing!  Now we want to keep our facility in fine shape so we have included in our 2015 offering envelopes a Facility Improvement Fund.  The money we give to this fund will be saved for repairs as they come up.  If you are able, occasionally placing some money into that envelope will help us build up a fund so that when we need to make repairs we will have the resources to do so.  Again, my heart is full of gratitude for your generosity to our Parish.

2014 Church Offering reports will be sent out to you toward the end of the month of January.  The statement you will receive can be used for your tax records and report.

As I say good-bye to 2014 and anticipate the New Year, I want to thank you for the past year and your sharing of your time, talent, and treasure with our Parish family.  I also want to thank you for the Christmas gifts—gift certificates, Christmas goodies for our parish staff, gifts of cash and gifts offered to charitable organizations given in my name.  I wish I could write an individual note to you all, but I don’t believe I would have the time to do so.  I hope this will suffice that I offer you my sincere thanks for the many ways you support me in my ministry.  My prayer is that 2015 will be a year of amazement and gladness, not a year of anxiety and sadness.  May it be a year of grace and gratitude, not a year of fear and ingratitude.  I wish for a year of giving and forgiving, and not a year of grudges and resenting.  Please give us O Lord, a year of opening up and reaching out, and not a year of closing down and shutting out.  Lord, for all the new beginnings of this New Year, Thank You!

Happy New Year!

God Bless all of you!

Fr. Charles L. Cimpl

Christmas Day morning breakfast!

Breakfast from Bob’s Café

Christmas Day morning!

Bob’s Carryout & Delivery, 1312 W 12th St,

will host its annual charity breakfast from 7-10 am,

December 25th, Christmas morning.

A free-will donation is asked for a breakfast of pancakes & sausages, served either in a warm to-go box or for limited seating.  Just stop in, or for a large order call ½ hour before (575-2627) to have it waiting for you when you arrive!  Owner Ben Weiland is donating all the food & supplies, with 100% of the proceeds going to the St. Michael youth missions.  Knights of Columbus families will be volunteering.

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OF PRAYER FOR LIFE

National Night of  Prayer for Life

Monday, 12/8, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

We are invited to unite our prayers with Catholics throughout the country in an effort to help bring the world back to Christ and to bring about an end to abortion.  The hours coincide with Our Lady of Guadalupe’s appearance to Juan Diego.  The hour of unity, when the faithful in all four times zones across the U.S. will be praying, is 11:00 p.m. our time.  You may pray at home; suggested prayers are available at:

www.sfcatholic.org/dwc/Files/OfficeofRespectLife/PDFs/Instructions&Prayers.pdf

Or if you would like to come to our Chapel during

this time, please contact Sylvia in the parish office.

Thank you for your prayers.

 

Advent Giving Trees

Advent Giving Trees

A way to share your generosity with those in need:  Please take a paper ornament from one of the trees.  Then, you are asked to buy the item written on it.  Your gifts benefit those served by the following agencies [indicated by the letter(s) on the ornament]:

AAdvent Baby Shower

CFamily Connection

CIChildren’s Inn

FSt. Francis House

GGood Shepherd Center

*HHBishop Dudley Hospitality House   *New!

PHope Prison Ministry 

VSt. Vincent de Paul Holy Innocents Ministry    

Then you’ll place your unwrapped gift under the tree, with the ornament taped to it, and we’ll deliver!

Those who will be blessed by your gifts

Thank You!

 

December 2014 Newsletter

Dear Parishioner:

Happy Thanksgiving! As you receive this monthly newsletter you will be preparing for Thanksgiving. As I go through my list of blessings and prayers of gratitude each day, I thank God for the wonderful opportunity the Lord has given me to be among you fine people. I am truly blessed to be part of such a great community of faith—St. Michael Parish.

The Season of Advent begins this weekend. I don’t know how many of you have ever heard of Susan Werner. She is a singer-songwriter who grew up in Iowa. Her genre of music includes folk, jazz and Gospel. One of her songs, May I Suggest, states “May I suggest to you…this is the best part of your life…Just turn your head and you’ll begin to see the thousand reasons that were just beyond your sight.”
This time of year some of us begin to wonder about the best days. The busyness of everything around us during the Advent Season might have us question if this is the best part. Advent’s message is about looking for God—who, becoming human, is constantly with us in everything imaginable in our everyday lives. God is here, right here, right now. Advent summons us to be watchful for the many ways of God’s faithful presence. Advent reminds us that each day is always the best part of our lives, for there are thousands of reasons, thousands of ways, God is with us.
In preparation for Advent Pope Francis said this: “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them. I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk. Whenever we take a step toward Jesus, we come to realize that God is already there, waiting for us with open arms.”

Parish Pictorial Directory – It’s time for a new St. Michael pictorial directory. We are going to begin the pictures in January 2015. You will be able to sign up for your picture setting on line or on the weekends before and after Mass. I hope you will do so. The directory is a great way to get to know people. Sometimes we wonder who that person is when we see them reading at Mass or distributing communion or just sitting by them at a parish function. There is no cost for the picture and no hard sell to purchase pictures. That is totally up to you. Each person and family will receive a free directory just for participating. Check out the enclosed sheet that advertises our upcoming directory.

The last of the Inspired By Faith Capital Campaign green envelope is included in this packet. Thank you to all you of who have used them the past three years and thanks to you who have made an extra donation to the campaign so we could complete our parking lot and not have to take out a loan. I am so appreciate of your generosity. If you can make an end of the year, or an end of the campaign donation it would assist us in making all the final payments. Again, my thanks for those who have done so and thank you to those considering to do so.

I conclude with this Advent Prayer…
Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, Come, Lord Jesus!” Amen

God Bless all of you!

(Rev.) Charles L. Cimpl