| on 07/27/2016
This weekend we hear the parable of the rich man who tried to “possess” earthly riches and sought happiness in the things of this world; however, you know as well as I do that “money does not buy us happiness.” So, a logical question could be, “What can bring us happiness?” The answer to that question is simple, one only need to look over the Corporal Works of Mercy: Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving drink to the thirsty, sheltering the homeless, burying the dead, visiting the sick, and visiting the imprisoned. You may ask: How would this bring me happiness? Again the answer is simple—because you are doing these acts of mercy out of love.
As I have in the past, I again would like to speak about our Society of Mother Teresa meal ministry (as well as the Immaculate Conception Food Pantry at McKinley Center). This ministry, which began with a desire to simply feed the needy, has blossomed into a ministry that aids and helps many people who are in need of the basic necessities of life. The reason this ministry continues on and thrives is because of the incredible generosity of the people of this parish. My brothers and sisters, never underestimate your impact in giving help to those less fortunate than us—it is due to your generosity that we continue to help so many in need. (Your support is provided by your generous monetary donations to the Collection for the Needy and your use of the “blue bags” filled with donations of non-perishables and paper products.)
Speaking of helping those in need – as we end the month of July we begin to realize that summer is quickly coming to an end, and with the end of summer comes the beginning of school. Sadly, many in our community view this time of the year as a time of struggle due to the fact that school supplies can be quite costly. Beginning next weekend, and continuing for the next three weekends, we will be hosting another event, “Christmas in August” to aid children who may need help in getting back-to-school supplies. We are asking, if you are able, please purchase items for students. A list of needed supplies can be found in next weekend’s bulletin and of course on the website. Please consider helping out those in our community who may be in need of school supplies and allow the Corporal Works of Mercy to bring you (and them) happiness!
May The Lord Bless You and Keep you,