Pastor's CornerRemember a time when jealousy or envy reared its ugly head and you wished you had something that someone else owned? Maybe it was a house, a car, a bank account, or even that luscious green lawn. All humans have had that feeling before and some of us more often than others. After the emotion hit you, hopefully you considered all the good gifts you did have in your life and gave thanks for them. Let’s pray that you are still not hanging onto those feelings. Unfortunately, we do live in a world that seems to fuel those desires and push us toward wanting more and more.But let’s level the field here. Did you ever hear of someone who died and was able to take any of those things into the afterlife? The reality is that nothing we have in this life truly belongs to us. We come into this world with nothing and as time goes by more gifts are entrusted to us but we never truly own them. So whom do they belong to anyway?Of course, you know the answer. All that we have has been entrusted to us by God; to be cherished, cultivated, and then given back to him for his glory. God doesn’t need any of these things, and we only need them short-term. All that we need long-term is God. If he is all we need in the end, I bet our lives would be more fruitful and happier if we focused on that now instead of later. - Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
Upcoming Events:Sunday School Classes: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29Confirmation Rite of Enrollment: October 15, 11:00 am MassFirst Reconciliation Parent Meeting: October 15, 9:45 am, ChurchRegistration for fall Sunday School, K3-GR10, is ongoing! Classes have begun. The registration form may be downloaded here, and returned to the Religious Education Office for processing or emailed to email@example.com. Paper copies are also available on the desk outside the Rel Ed Office. Fees may be paid by check, or via FaithDirect, www.faithdirect.net, church code AL611 9 (or click here for more info on FaithDirect). A few teachers are still needed. Please contact Megan Everett if you can help.
Stewardship: Parishioners Answering God’s Call in HospitalityOn a Helena Facebook page a mom asked if there were any church groups for moms that would include prayer, activities and childcare. Several POP moms responded and invited her to our M.O.M.S Group. The mom mentioned that she was not Catholic but would like to try it. She was welcomed unanimously by the POP moms regardless of her faith.Please submit your stewardship story examples to firstname.lastname@example.org. They may be edited for space consideration.
Live the Liturgy - Inspiration for the WeekTrue love does not measure itself against the love of others. If I am truly in love with God there is no need to compare myself with others or succumb to jealousy if others appear closer than I or because I have loved longer.Authentic love does not consider benefits or privileges. It simply desires to be in the presence of the One who is loved. God invites all of his children into a relationship with him. It does not matter when along our life’s journey we accept that invitation. It is only important that we do. In our Gospel today, the owner of the vineyard promised the usual daily wage to everyone, regardless of what time each started working. God promises love and eternal life to all who enter into relationship with him. It does not matter when. This is God’s pure merciful gift. It is God’s to give as God desires.
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