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Dear STA Family,

November is a month to give thanks to God for His many blessings to us. The celebration of Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays! Great food, family, friends, football, parades - what can be better than that. But above all, Thanksgiving is a time to remember that all we have is a gift from God.

As Catholics, we gather each Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist, a Greek word which means thanksgiving. Each celebration of the mass then really is a thanksgiving mass to God the Author of All Giving. The first principle to learn about stewardship is that all that we have is God’s and we are but stewards of His gifts! At some point, we will be responsible for what we've done with those gifts. As Christian stewards, we receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites were commanded by God to tithe — that is, to give 10 percent of their earnings to God for the service of the Temple. I encourage all people to follow this blessed custom, and I encourage parents to train their children in the practice of tithing from a very young age. The reality is simple: you cannot "out-give" God. You cannot out-do God in generosity.

There are many inspiring stories of generosity in the New Testament. For instance, the young boy who gave everything he had: five loaves and two fishes. With that donation, Jesus worked a great miracle and fed thousands of hungry souls. At the end of the day, the boy went home with much more than he had given. When we give sacrificially, our joy increases and our freedom expands because we imitate God the Author of Giving in whose image and likeness we are all created. Another way of saying this is that we are meant or made to be generous!

So when it comes to your time, try to give 10 percent of it to God directly each day. When it comes to treasure, try to give 10 percent of it to God each year. When it comes to talent, try to use at least 10 percent in the direct service of God and His Holy Church. Above all, try to give 100 percent of yourself to God because everything we do can and should be for the glory of God. You will be very happy, very free and very blessed if you do.

In Christ,

Father Steve


Christian families from Bethlehem

PLEASE STOP BY THE TABLES OF RELIGIOUS WARES (Nativity sets, rosaries, statues, crucifixes, charms, etc.) after all the weekend Masses of November 28 & 29.

Ayman Khair represents about 140 Christian families from Bethlehem. These families’ livelihoods have been dependent upon sales of their hand carved religious articles to tourists of the Holy Land. Due to the conflict in the Middle East, the tourism has been cut off. In order to survive, they have turned to Christian communities in the United States to purchase their items.

These hand carved religious items are beyond description. Carved from wood of the sacred olive tree, this workmanship has been traditional for these families for hundreds of years. It is hoped that through the efforts of Mr. Khair that these families have a little income and are able to stay in the Holy Land. Amazingly enough, the Christian population has dropped from 22 % to less than 2% in the last 30 years. Thank you in advance for your support.

Note: These religious item make great Christmas Gifts.

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Gift Shop

Avoid the hassle of the crowds and visit your parish Gift Shop for:

  • Nativities and Christmas Cards
  • Medals and Scapulars and Rosaries
  • Books and Videos and Music CD's
  • Saint Statues and Spiritual Pictures
  • Jewelry and Gift Items
  • Any item can be lovingly gift wrapped.

Yes, next Sunday, the 29th is the First Sunday of Advent!

Blessings on your week!

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St. Vincent de Paul

Many thanks for your outpouring of generosity in last week’s Fall Food Drive! We received over 400 bags of wonderful food during the drive! And the 5th Grade students helped us every step of the way! They helped us prepare and staple 900 grocery bags, handed out the bags after Mass and then helped us sort and process the items as they were donated. Such bright enthusiasm and cheerful giving brought wide smiles to our faces! The students all worked so efficiently and as a team to sort the food into like categories. Corn in one box, green beans in another...with an occasional question like “what box do water chestnuts go in?”!

A couple students wanted to stay after their shifts were over, begging their parents to “please let me stay one more hour”! It was heartwarming to see such dedication and desire to serve. It made very light work for the St. Vincent volunteers and put a skip in our steps. We are truly blessed to have such amazing support here in our parish...and a new crop of St. Vincent de Paul young volunteers in the wings!

Special note: Turkey Tuesday is November 24th! Our location for this annual event will be at the Food City store at 6025 N 27th Ave (Bethany Home and 27th Ave). Donated turkeys can be purchased or dropped off at this store location between the hours of 9AM and 7PM. Also, volunteers to cover the booth are welcomed. It is a fun event that children enjoy too! Many blessings and thanks from the members of your St. Vincent de Paul Conference!

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Weekly Stewardship

Plate collection for November 9th $16,045
Previous Week Donations Dropped off $2,385
Weekly Average Auto Tithe (5 Sundays) $9,428
Weekly Total $27,858

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