What belongs to God? Jesus says “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” What would I say in my life belongs to God?
If we think about a list of “belongings,” we might consider a home, car, computer, phone, tablet, books, furniture, keepsakes, souvenirs, clothing, memories etc. Whatever we possess, we might say belongs to us. So in this manner, what do we “own” that belongs to God?
Might it be possible for us to recognize that everything belongs to God? If I did not have my life, what would I be able to do or own? If I did not have a talent by which to earn money, what would I be able to do or own? If I did not have health and ability, what would I be able to do or own? What do I possess that is not a gift from God?
Stewardship is the willingness to recognize that everything I have is a gift from God. Stewardship is the willingness to share what I have from this belief; what God has given me belongs to him and is meant to assist to do the work of his mission. The language of this understanding is espoused in our logo – “Receive with gratitude, give with joy.” Grateful that we have been given so much and knowing that it belongs to God, with joy, we share that gift so that others might have it too.
What belongs to God? How are we giving to God what belongs to Him?
Sharing news about the parish . . .
November 1 is the Feast of All Saints. When a holy day of obligation falls on a Saturday or Monday, the Bishops may choose to lift the obligation. The day remains a holy day; Catholics are released from the obligation to attend Mass. Since November 1 falls on Saturday and the Bishops have lifted the obligation, one Mass is scheduled for the Feast of All Saints: November 1, 8:30 a.m. Please plan to attend and celebrate the heroes of our Church!
Diocesan Annual Appeal – our goal is $99,193. Progress is $11,758 cash received. Every member is needed to offer a contribution on the road to meeting our goal. Having received your pledge card, please prayerfully consider what you are willing to support, fill out your pledge card and return it. If we can meet our goal by April 1, our rebate will be increased; these monies help us to do extra maintenance projects within the parish. Thank you in advance for your willingness to support this important work!
The pilgrims are on their journey! We are connected by our prayer during Eucharist and the intentions that we remember as we pray. See everyone upon our return!
On November 16 St. Anne Parish will celebrate its 65th Anniversary as a parish. To celebrate this event, parish members are invited to stop after Masses during that weekend to enjoy refreshments and share stories about St. Anne Parish. Plan to join in the festivities as we give thanks to God for 65 years of growing in faith!
May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!