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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

13 Oct

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

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An absolutely perfect Sunday morning. I couldn’t have asked for nicer weather, in he 60’s and the sky a crystal clear blue. That’s why this Psalm and song popped into my head.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus entering a village where ten lepers asked, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” He cleansed them, but only one returned, fell at the feet of his healer and thanked Him. He was a Samaritan, a foreigner.

Jesus said in reply,

“Ten were cleansed, were they not?

Where are the other nine?

Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”

Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;

your faith has saved you.”

My take on it… sometimes we ask for God’s help, but we forget to thank Him when our prayers are answered. But also, how many times do friends and family do something special for us, and we often take it for granted. It’s funny, I was thinking about that e other day. I thought, I need to make some special hand painted cards and send to people that have been so kind and generous to me, and just say “Thank you for all the times I forgot to say thank you.” This Gospel reading spoke to me.

After Mass, Mr. Jerry, Helene and I stopped for coffee and conversation, then I stopped at the grocery store to buy more stuff that I really don’t need, but… it was on sale.

Another walk around the neighborhood with Bella. She loves the cooler weather. So do I. Then, I decided to work outside a couple of hours. It’s been too hot for weeks, but… this is the day the Lord has made… for working outside.

I had a nice chat with my friend Debbie, from back home in Chicago. She texted me a cool shadow picture of her Halloween decorations and I did an Artisto application to it. My friend Debbie is awesome. We’ve been friends since BC… before children. I think about 1977. Thanks Deb, for all the friendship and kindness all these years. (Your other best friend is kinda skinny there.)

Now, I have to walk the dog again and think about getting something to eat. Yikes! It’s almost 7 and I haven’t eaten anything but a handful of Bugles and nuts. Crazy!

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Our Parish Picnic

7 Oct

“Life is like a picnic. You make preparations, spread out the blanket, open the basket, and assemble the guests. Then, the ants invade and it pours down rain. Grab your stuff and run like crazy!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today was a special day at St. Gabriel. Not only were we going to have our Parish Picnic at noon, but Bishop Kelly, our former Pastor, was officiating at 9 am Mass. He was there for the dedication of the Bishop Kelly Center, formerly our old sanctuary and offices.

I had a little trouble comprehending today’s Gospel. Hmm? You tell your servants to prepare your meal while you eat and drink after they’ve tended the fields? Do you thank the servant for doing what was commanded? Hmmm…? I probably would say, come on in and have supper with me after they worked the fields and tended the sheep. That’s just me.

Lk 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

“Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the servant for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless servants; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”

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My take on it… long and short… God expects us to do much more than just the minimal amount of what is expected. If you are a good and faithful servant, you will honor your master above and beyond the call of duty. Go the extra mile.

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After Mass and the dedication, Helene and I went over to the parish hall where they were setting up for the picnic and ministry fair. We didn’t sign up for a special duty, we were “gophers.” The gym was lined up with tables of all the different ministries available, and members had info and sign up sheets. I’m already part of the Welcome ministry, but I signed up for the 60+ group. I guess the only criteria is you have to be over 60. Well covered there. They just meet once a month for fellowship. I can do that.

The Knights and men’s groups cooked the hamburgers and hot dogs out back, and the rest of the food was a pot luck. The women’s club set up and other volunteers helped out wherever they could. There was a ton of food. Catholics like to cook! Almost as much as we like to eat and socialize. There were all kinds of fun things for the kids to do, with bounce houses, slides, games etc. oh, and face painting was a big hit.

It was a fun and informative afternoon. My friend Lynn asked Father Don how he came about to becoming a priest after he had graduated with a degree in electrical

engineering. He felt the call after realizing that engineering was not his true calling. We are very fortunate that he answered that call.

A great day at St. Gabe’s. Happy Sunday my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

30 Sep

“An arrogant rich and a humble poor both need help! The former needs help to be human; the latter needs help to live humanely!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

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Another delightful Sunday. I was happy because Mr. Jerry was feeling strong enough to go to Mass this morning, so I picked him up a little after 8. He maneuvered like a champ with his cane and back brace, but those hard wooden pews and an extra long service paid their toll. But, he was delighted to be able to get back to Mass and receive the sacraments this morning after several weeks of convalescing after back surgery.

Today’s Gospel: Jesus told the Pharisees the story of the rich man who dined like a king every day, yet never gave a single scrap to poor Lazarus lying outside his door, sick and starving.

When the poor man died,

he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.

The rich man also died and was buried,

and from the netherworld, where he was in torment,

he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off

and Lazarus at his side.

And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me.

Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue,

for I am suffering torment in these flames.’

Abraham replied,

‘My child, remember that you received

what was good during your lifetime

while Lazarus likewise received what was bad;

but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.

My take on it… You can have all the money and possessions in the world, but if you are selfish, never helping those in need, then you are a very poor sad excuse of a human being.

Even in death, the selfish rich man asked for pity, begging Abraham to send Lazarus to quench his thirst. Did he have any pity on Lazarus while he was alive? No! You can’t take it with you, so why don’t you share a little while you’re alive? When you’re dead, you can’t help anyone.

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After Mass, Jerry needed a few things from the store, so we stopped at Tom Thumb, then back home. I’m sure he was exhausted. I got home by 11:30 and called Zelda, as we had made plans to go to the movies this afternoon. We decide to check out “AD ASTRA.”

I didn’t know anything about the movie, but I like sci-fi type movies, and I like Brad Pitt. Win-win.

We sat in the comfy reclining leather seats at the new McKinney North Cinemark. With the dark screen, eerie soft music, feet up and all relaxed, and quiet dialogue, I’ll have to admit, I think I nodded off about 27 times. Zelda said she enjoyed the movie, and I think I did too, from what I saw of it. Oops! I think I was tired after getting up early for church and maybe about six hours of sleep. I have trouble sleeping at night. Maybe I should go to the movies every now and then, and get in a good nap. Sorry Brad Pitt. It’s me, not you.

After the movie, Zelda and I had a nice lunch at Panera. When I got home, I was able to FaceTime with my little girls. I have the most adorable grand daughters.

Someone was painting with watercolors bequeathed from her great-Grandma and namesake. Someone up in heaven is smiling.

And, she loves to play piano like her great-grandma, too.

And this little angel has the most delightful smile and giggles. The highlight of my Sunday.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

23 Sep

“If money’s where you find happiness, you’ll always be poor.”

~ Unknown

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A beautiful Sunday morning. I arrived at church just in time to scurry down the hall to greet my friends at the side door, getting off the bus from the Chateau Senior Living. The smiles and hugs are heartwarming. More smiles and hugs greeting at the front door, greeting families, and oh, the beautiful babies and toddlers are so precious. A wonderful way to start my day.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling the disciples about a rich man confronting his steward for squandering his property. The owner asked the steward to prepare the accounts. The steward feared he would be dismissed with no where to go, so he decided to call each of the master’s debtors and change each of their notes to half of what they owed. This way, the steward would have won their favor and perhaps they would help when he was dismissed.

When the master learned this, he wasn’t angry but rather commended the dishonest steward for being prudent.

The person who is trustworthy in very small matters

is also trustworthy in great ones;

and the person who is dishonest in very small matters

is also dishonest in great ones.

If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth,

who will trust you with true wealth?

If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another,

who will give you what is yours?

No servant can serve two masters.

He will either hate one and love the other,

or be devoted to one and despise the other.

You cannot serve both God and mammon.”

My take on it…if you spend your life just worrying about yourself, and doing dishonest things, and cheating, lying, stealing, and MONEY becomes your only master, then you are just cheating yourself. You may die rich, but then guess what? Then, you’re dead. A lot of good money does you then. Money isn’t the root of all evil, it’s how you attained it and what you do with it that matters.

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After Mass, I stopped at McDonald’s for an iced tea. I was by myself, but I saw three ladies from church there, so I asked if I could join them. We chatted a while, and talked about where we were from and families, etc. Then, I went over to the store for a few things. I called Mr. Jerry to see if he needed anything, as he’s been laid up a while after back surgery. He didn’t, but said I could stop by for a visit. I arrived in time to watch the start of the Cowboy’s game, and watch Mr. Jerry squirm and moan after each bad play. I didn’t stay long.

It’s been a good Sunday. I took an evening walk, but it was pretty cloudy and muggy out. But, I do have some cool sunset pictures from the other day. We’ve had some really gorgeous sunsets lately.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

16 Sep

“Accomplishments don’t erase shame, hatred, cruelty, silence, ignorance, discrimination, low self-esteem or immorality. It covers it up, with a creative version of pride and ego. Only restitution, forgiving yourself and others, compassion, repentance and living with dignity will ever erase the past.”

― Shannon L. Alder

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Another beautiful Sunday, and great morning to meet and greet hundreds of friendly faces at St. Gabriel’s before 9 o’clock Mass. Today was Father Don’s birthday, so every one sang happy birthday after the announcements.

Today’s Gospel from Luke was about some people complaining that Jesus welcomed sinners and eats with them. Jesus told parables about a man with a hundred sheep who lost just one sheep. He searched and rejoiced when the one was found. Also, a woman with ten coins, lost only one coin, yet searched and swept, then rejoiced when she found it.

Then, the last, and more familiar story of the prodigal son who moved away and squandered all of his inheritance and returned destitute and repentant. His father welcomed him with open arms and rejoiced. The son who had remained at home, loyal and hardworking was angry. The father said, “My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.

My take on it… like the faithful son who was always good and loyal, you are always in God’s favor and will be rewarded. And, like the prodigal son, if you lose your way and your sins are many, if you learn from your mistakes, you repent, and change your ways, making atonement, vowing to sin no more, THEN, you will also be welcomed with open arms. But, the key words here are repent, remorse, and change. Both are equally loved by the Father.

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After Mass, Helene and I stopped at McDonald’s for a drink and a chat, scooted over to the grocery store for a few things, then went over to visit

Mr. Jerry, who was feeling much better after his back surgery a few weeks ago. I forgot to post this cool picture of Mr. Jerry enjoying an adult beverage after a long dry spell.

It was good to see his smiling face.

When I got home, I had many well intentioned plans of getting some housework done. So instead, I took a nap. 🤦‍♀️

But, I didn’t fall asleep right away, and my nap was short lived. So, I got up and went for a late evening walk. I went and picked up my doggie buddy, Bella. We had a nice long walk.

We were just in time to catch the gorgeous and brilliant sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Awesome Friends

9 Sep

“Giving materialistically is the soft option, but when you give from what you do for others then your reward is immeasurable contentment.”

― Stephen Richards

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It was an early 6:30 alarm this morning, I needed to feed and walk the dog, frost my cupcakes for brunch later, get ready and dressed for church, pick up Miss Jeanne from the assisted living place, and get to church by 8:30 in time to greet before Mass. The glowing orange sun was just easing up above the horizon when I walked the dog around 7. The cupcakes got frosted, I got changed, picked up Miss Jeanne, and I got that all that done with three minutes to spare. I pulled up to the side door at church, got Miss Jeanne’s walker out of my trunk, and parked by 8:27. Mary usually picks her up when she needs a ride, but she was on a retreat this weekend. I was very proud that I got that all done on time,

A lot of smiles and hugs at the door. My little friend Liam always scurries up to see what matchbox car I have hidden in my purse. Today, it was a police cruiser. Look at that smile.

Today’s Gospel from Luke was about Jesus telling the crowds that in order to be His disciple, you must give up everything, and follow Him. He used the examples, if you were building a tower, you would first sit down, make a plan and make sure you had enough funds. If a king was to be engaged in a war, he would make sure he had enough soldiers, if not, he would send envoys to settle a truce.

“No one who does not carry his cross and come after me can be my disciple.”

My take on it… this life is like a preparation. Like building a tower or engaging in a war, make sure you are prepared for the outcome, the grand finale. Sit down and make a plan and make sure you are doing your best to be prepared. You only have one chance at getting it right. As for carrying your cross, we all have our own crosses to carry in life, but it’s how we handle the burden that counts.

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After Mass, I asked Miss Jeanne if she’d like to stop at McDonald’s for coffee. The sweet 91 year young lady said that she’d live too. She doesn’t get out much, so it would be a treat. She lost her husband last year, so she’s been very lonely. We had a nice conversation about friends, family, church, etc. A couple of ladies stopped at our table to say hello and introduce themselves. They said that they see us all the time at church and it’s nice to know people’s names. (I already forgot. But, I’ll keep at it.)

Miss Jeanne.

When I got home, I let the dog out again, changed clothes and got my cupcakes ready for the picnic brunch at Miss Pat’s and The Magnificent 7. Of course, a couple of dozen were dropped off at my fire station on the way. We have seven friends that live in the same apartment complex, so,when they host a party, we just go from apartment to apartment and mix and mingle. It was mostly our Single Mingle group. It was a potluck and there was SO MUCH food and lots of wine, mimosas, and various beverages.

A wonderful Sunday with awesome friends. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

2 Sep

“How does one remain humble at the sight of glory ? the answer is simple no glory ever truly belongs to any mortal man.”

― Shemar Stephens

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A beautiful Sunday morning, with many smiling faces and hugs greeting at the door before Mass.

The Gospel from Luke today was the parable of the guests at a wedding feast, and how they took the places of honor. He said it was better to take the lowest place, then the host might come and invite to a higher place. Also, don’t invite friends and rich relations, but invite the poor, crippled and blind, and those who cannot repay you. Then you will be blessed.

11 “For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be raised up.”

My take on it… well, this I learned from my sweet angel mother. Never be boastful or proud. Mom always taught us to give from your heart without expecting anything in return. She was always doing nice things for people. Random acts of kindness for strangers are the best. Your joy comes from the act of giving.

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I wasn’t sure what to do with the rest of my day. Usually I stop at the store, but I still had a fridge and freezer full of food, so I went straight home. I decided to roast all my left over veggies. I had carrots, celery, broccoli, spinach, and cauliflower with some olive oil and garlic.

Then, I saved half for another time, and made some pasta for the other half.

Well, you would think that would have satisfied my cooking frenzy. I didn’t feel like eating any of it. So, I texted Helene and asked her if she and the gals might want to meet later at Braum’s for dinner and ice cream. I was hankering a frozen yogurt twist cone. That was my dinner. I love their frozen yogurt, plus it was nice to meet some friends for dinner and laughter.

I came home in time to take a nice long walk and catch the sunset. Even the bunnies were out for an evening stroll.

The perfect end to a perfect day. Happy Sunday, my friends.