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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am pleased to inform you of the hiring of two new staff persons who will be joining our Notre Dame Parish team and assisting me in my ministry. (You may recall that I am in the process of restructuring the clerical/support/IT offices of the parish and have reduced five jobs/functions down to three. I hope to announce the third new hire, namely, a director of IT and digital evangelization, soon.) The two new hires are:
As our new parish office manager and secretary I have hired Ms. Michaelyn (Mikey) Bachmann. Since January of 1992 until recently Mikey has been the parish administrative assistant and coordinator of RCIA/Adult Formation for St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle, Illinois. Mikey’s daughter and her family, including Mikey’s granddaughter, live in Parker. Mikey had been hoping for an opportunity to move to Denver to be near to her daughter and family; Notre Dame offers her that chance. In addition to nearly 25 years’ experience as a parish administrative assistant, Mikey recently received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology from the Catholic Distance University. As parish office manager and secretary Mikey will coordinate the activities that occur in our office, including reception and phones, central purchasing, records keeping and management, scheduling of facilities, etc. We are blessed that she will be joining us.
I have also hired Mr. Rian Ross to be our new administrative and ministry assistant. From 2005 until recently Rian was the Director of Ministries for All Souls Parish in Englewood. He will assist me personally with my ministry as pastor and help me with major parish projects, for example, our 60th anniversary celebrations, ministry fairs, evangelization campaigns, organizing special events, etc. Rian actually began last Thursday. We are blessed to have him serving us; I know you will enjoy working with him.
Finally, you may have noticed that this past month we have not had a pianist, organist, or cantor for many Sunday Masses. Regrettably, Notre Dame was no longer able to afford the hourly stipends we had been paying to seven of the accompanists and cantors. (Last year those stipends totaled around $41,000.) Consequently some of these musicians chose to leave. Because of their departure we are searching for others, accompanists and cantors, to volunteer their talent and time and to serve the liturgy and the people of Notre Dame. If you could do so, contact me and we’ll get you set up to do just that.
In that same vein, one of the things the parish pastoral and finance councils and I will be working on in the new year is the renewal of our parish through a spirituality of stewardship: stewardship of one’s time in prayer; one’s talent in service; and one’s treasure through tithing. St. Paul teaches us that we are all to be “stewards of the mysteries of God.” Stewardship is a very biblical and Catholic spirituality, one especially suited to being lived out in family and parish life.
Please note that November 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation, All Saints Day.
Mass times for the Holy Day are as follows: Monday (Anticipatory Mass) 4:00pm. Tuesday, November 1st Mass times are: 8:00am, 9:15am (School) 5:30pm.
October 23, 2016
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 Sir 35:12-14, 16-18
The LORD is a God of justice,
who knows no favorites.
Though not unduly partial toward the weak,
yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.
The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,
nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.
The one who serves God willingly is heard;
his petition reaches the heavens.
The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;
it does not rest till it reaches its goal,
nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,
judges justly and affirms the right,
and the Lord will not delay.
Reading 2 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18
I am already being poured out like a libation,
and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well; I have finished the race;
I have kept the faith.
From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
but to all who have longed for his appearance.At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf,
but everyone deserted me.
May it not be held against them!
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
so that through me the proclamation might be completed
and all the Gentiles might hear it.
And I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom.
To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Gospel Lk 18:9-14
Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
and despised everyone else.
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity --
greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance
and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and prayed,
‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
for whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
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