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AUGUST 28, 2016

An elderly woman went to a restaurant for breakfast where the "seniors' special" was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $4.99.

"Sounds good," the lady said. "But I don't want the eggs."

"Then I'll have to charge you 6 dollars and 99 cents because you're ordering from the menu," the waitress warned her.

“You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?" the lady asked incredulously.

"YES!" stated the waitress.  "I'll take the special then," the lady replied.

"How do you want your eggs?" the waitress asked.
"Raw and in the shell," the elderly replied, and she took the two eggs home.

DON'T MESS WITH SENIORS! They've been around the block a time or two.

Summer is almost over.  Vacation time is running out. Kids will be back in school soon.  Parents and teachers are ready to journey with the kids through a new school year.  Office is busier.  The phone rings more often.  Thanks be to God, it’s been so quiet this summer.  All the old programs in the parish will start again.  I guess the attendance at Sunday Mass will pick up too.

Time flies!  Once a wise lady advised me, “Days go faster when you are older.”  I have been in this parish for about 6 years now.  The first day I talked to you in church, I urged you to entrust everything in the hands of God through prayers.  And it has been working.  The parish is getting better and better spiritually, communally and financially.  Thanks to all of you, especially those who spend an hour every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.  The prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament make the difference in our life and in the life of the Church.  If you have never tried it, consider it a project for you.  The church is open late almost every day during the school year. Prayer works.  It works for me; it works for the parish; it works for many people; and it will work for you.

One of our important services is to offer the Seniors Tea once a month.  This year we are struggling to find the leaders.  We may change it and make it as an “interact” between seniors and the youngsters.  Kids need to learn to serve. 

We try our best to care for our children.  They are the present and the future of the Church. I also read an interesting article on the internet. The author was grouping kids in 2 groups: “… Who can’t wait for school to start up again in order to fulfill his/her desire for knowledge and provide an opportunity to show off their smarts, and the many others who dread it!” 

Then the author went on to cite some reasons why they feel that way: “Some aren’t academically inclined and view each class as an opportunity to embarrass themselves in front of their peers … For other students, it isn’t the knowledge or learning process they fear, but the wanton behaviors of some of their classmates who enjoy ganging up …Others still find the public educational system completely unchallenging, and dread going to school out of sheer boredom.”

The author then advised teachers and administrators “to take steps to ensure these disaffected students feel welcome.  The need to do this is not only for the students’ sake, but for all of society.”

I agree with the author that we should do everything to look after our children.  But on their part, they also should show us their efforts, good intentions and cooperation.  The success cannot be there if only one side tries and another doesn’t.  The society, parish, parents and kids, all should work together for a better future of God’s created image.

Judge Phillip Gillian of Denver gave some advice to the young people of his community worth repeating.  It was an answer to the cry of many teenagers today.  “School is boring.  Family is boring.  Church is boring.  What can we do?  Where can we go?”

“Go home,” says the judge.  “Hang the storm windows, paint the woodwork, rake up the leaves, mow the lawn, wash the car, learn to cook, scrub the floors, repair the sink, build a boat, get a job.  Help the preacher (and your priest too), visit the sick and the poor.  Study your lessons.  And, when you are through, read a good book.  Your parents do not owe you entertainment.  Your city does not owe you recreational facilities.  The world does not owe you a living.  YOU owe the world something.  You owe your time, energy and talents so that you can enrich the world.  In plain words, GROW UP.  Quit being a cry baby.  Get out of your dream world and develop a backbone…not a wishbone, and start acting like a man or a lady.  You have no right to expect your parents to buy your every whim and fancy just because selfish ego instead of common sense dominates your personality, thoughts and requests.  In heaven’s name, grow up and go home.”

What do you think, as parents or teens, when you read these words?  God Bless you.