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A Note from Fr. Mike Byron ~ For the week of Sunday, October 18, 2020
One of the things that this season of the year always evokes in me is the sense of how fleeting it all is. As I am amazed by the stunning colors of the trees, and breathe in the cool air, and enjoy walks around the (still liquid) lake, I am fully aware that all of this will be different in just a few weeks. I tend to take all of the pleasures of summer for granted while it remains warm and sunshiny and green, but I don’t now. Things are changing, and dying, and becoming cold and bare. It is a time to be more aware of how precious the seasons of verdant growth and life are.
Actually, all of the seasons are precious for different reasons. Just as there is a necessary rhythm to the cycle of nature, so too is there a necessary rhythm to our spiritual journeys, both as individuals and as a community. As the Book of Ecclesiastes so wisely says in the Bible, there is a time for everything under heaven. Fall reminds us that the quest to find God involves seasons of bitter endurance as well as seasons of ecstasy. It sometimes involves a letting go of passing pleasures, and the taking on of burdens which can be unwelcome. I have never liked winter, though I've lived in this place almost all of my life, and winters can often seem interminable to me. But it is part of the annual turning.
Rather than dreading what is ahead, however, perhaps a time like right now can be an opportunity for gratitude for what is going on right in front of our eyes—the ripe harvest, the lovely trees, the last of summer's blessings.
We'll have time enough to pout in January.
Fr. Mike Byron
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Week of October 4:
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Total Week #14
YTD Actual 503,330
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YTD Variance (54,670)
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CATHOLIC SCHOOL VIRTUAL BOOK DRIVE
October 3–October 18
The Twelve Baskets Ministry is going virtual this year! We have a long-standing tradition of providing much-needed books for the Blessed Trinity Catholic School library. Even though we can’t collect books in person this year, we can still contribute virtually! Blessed Trinity’s Amazon Wish List contains 90 book titles. Pax Christi members who wish to participate in this drive can simply click on this link -
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PAX CHRISTI SCAVENGER HUNT
October 13–November 18
Join us for the Pax Christi Scavenger Hunt to celebrate Stewardship. It's a fun, interactive, online Scavenger Hunt, and it's great for the whole family! You will explore our history, ministries, and discover some interesting facts about Pax Christi. You don't need any special skills to play. There will be some surprises, too! You can choose to participate in one activity or several. The deadline for entries is November 9. Winners will be contacted by phone or email. Let the adventure begin!
A CONVERSATION ABOUT FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP
Thursday. October 15, 7:00-8:30pm
Join Fr. Mike and members of Pax Christi for a conversation about Faithful Citizenship, Catholic Social Teaching, and our call to participation in public life. This event is virtual. After you register, you will receive a Zoom link for the event by email.
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MOM'S ROCK: EMPOWERING YOUR ENERGY!
Tuesday, October 20, 8:00-9:30pm,
Via Zoom, No Fee
Please join Robin Richards, MA, EDs, who will share with us self-care and wellness strategies for building and maintaining the energy that it takes to best support our children. By combining holistic tools with the science behind them, you will gain strategies to increase wellness in the home, workplace, and beyond.
Tuesday, October 31, 5:00pm Live Stream Mass
As a parish community, it is our tradition to set aside this special evening to pray with those among us who have experienced the death of a loved one during the past year. All members of the community, especially those who have experienced a death, are encouraged to watch the Live Stream Mass as a source of comfort and remembrance.
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PARISHIONERS' ART EXHIBIT
This year's exhibit will be VIRTUAL!
Submissions due November 1, 2020
This year’s exhibit, presented by the Pax Christi Art Committee, will be viewed by the community VIRTUALLY, at any time of day. Guidelines and application procedures for this year’s Parishioners’ Art Exhibit are NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE -
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Our prayer team members know the relationship that is developed with God when praying for others. And those with loved ones who have been prayed for know the power of their prayers. If you love to pray, then perhaps God might be calling you to join the Prayer Team. Prayer Team members thoughtfully pray for requests that come through the Care and Support staff from emails, phone calls, and website submissions to the Prayer Intentions Wall. A prayer for someone can be as simple as, ‘Lord, please be with Susan.” How comforting you could make someone feel by letting them know that their loved one has been prayed for simply by clicking the “I prayed for you” button after each request on the website’s Prayer Intentions Wall.If this ministry is calling you, or for more details about joining our prayer ministry, contact Kyle Finken email@example.com or 952-405-7231.
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