Last week, I spoke of Christ’s challenging demand to give an accounting. You will find in the bulletin this weekend, the Annual Parish Report. This is an accounting of the parish stewardship from the fiscal year, which runs from July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The parish leadership, staff, and I bring this accounting with no fear of not having failed to be good stewards. I think as you read it, you will see that much good for God and His kingdom was accomplished here at St Mary and in Rush County. From our work forming and educating students in our parish school and religious education to outreach to those in need at our door, the parish has responded. We have continued to care for, maintain, and upgrade our facilities, even as we stoke the hearts of believers to a deeper love and relationship with Christ and the Church.
Hopefully, you did a prayerful review of your own financial stewardship last weekend following the homily. Today, I would encourage you prayerfully to increase your time volunteered and financial support to the parish and school. We do so much good, and yet there is so much good left undone. As I have frequently said, I’ve never once had to worry about paying the bills at St Mary. Yet, I will add, I do sometimes worry if we as a Catholic Christian community are doing enough to bring the Good News of Christ and the Church to those about us. This is a much deeper and more profound concern than paying the bills. I simply ask you to pray to God with your spouse and family about your stewardship of God’s resources.
Also included in the bulletin is a report on the 2016 Parish Fall Festival. It was an excellent year for the parish. While the number of meals served was slightly down, the funds raised and fun had were definitely up. It was a wonderful weekend for all involved. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
St Mary, Mother of the Poor and Marginalized, pray for us. ~ Fr. Gries
Tuesday 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m.
Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Saturday 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday 6 p.m. - 6:25 p.m.
Led by Fr. Jeremy Gries
Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom
Nov. 30 Acts 10 - St. Peter’s “un-Kosher Picnic”
Dec. 7 Acts 11-12 - Church in Antioch
Dec. 14 Acts 13 - 14 - Paul’s 1st Missionary Journey
Bring your Bible & Catechism
Come to one, Come to all
Monday- Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Emergency Number: (765) 932-2588
St. Mary Food Pantry: (765) 932-2588
ARE: Jill Kuntz