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.
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.Read more
The Children's Section has graphic novels for:
- 1.The Illustrated Acts of the Apostles
- 2.The Illustrated Gospel
- 3. The Rosary
- 4. Saint Tekakwitha
- 5. Saint Teresa of Avila
- 6. Philip Neri
- 5. Saint Francis and Brother Duck
The Official Commemorative Edition of "Pope Fran-cis In America" is by the register. December 8th is the beginning of the Year of Mer-cy. Do check out the display of books for this spe-cial year that is by the register.
Have a happy, holy week!Read more
Another of the many blessings that our school provides us this time of year is the Thanksgiving School food drive and the Turkey Wars contest. Each year the school food drive provides over 35 overflowing banana boxes of food! Much of this bounty of food helps us top off the Christmas food boxes that we deliver in December. A very special part of this food drive, and a fond memory to many STA parents over the years...is the Thanksgiving procession by the 4th graders on the final day of the drive, the day before Thanksgiving. As the Wednesday school Mass begins, each of the 4th graders process down the center aisle of church, each with a canned item in hand, and each adorned in clothing depicting their family’s roots, or country of origin. How sweet is the scene...as Japanese Kimono’s, Scottish Kilts, Irish Green and outfits covering all the globe file into the church! And the Turkey Wars contest in the 7th and 8th Grade classrooms always creates quite the stir...as students collect money for St. Vin-cent de Paul and vie for the top spot! Much needed funds are donated to our St. Vincent de Paul conference through this competitive and fun contest! We are truly blessed to have such full support from the students, teachers, parents and our Ace Principal, Mrs. Mary Coffman! Many thanks to all who help us care for those in need!Read more
Plate collection for November 15th $14,768Read more
Previous Week Donations Dropped off $2,802
Weekly Average Auto Tithe (5 Sundays) $9,428
Weekly Total $27,016