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From The Pastor's Desk - August 5, 2011

Dear Parishioners,
As we hear this Sunday in the Gospel of Matthew of the miracle of Jesus walking on water across the top of the Sea of Galilee and St. Peter’s attempt to do so, let us remember that what seems impossible can be made possible by holding onto Christ. Doing what Jesus calls us to do is not always easy, especially living the moral life to which he calls us. Forgiving someone who has deeply hurt us can seem impossible. A married couple can find it very challenging to reject the sin of contraception thinking that it is easier to trust some chemical or device rather than God. Refraining from the juicy piece of gossip that one would relish to pass along might be for some so difficult to do. The list could go on and on as to the things that we find daunting in following Jesus. How many times does it seem that he calls upon us to “walk upon water?” While he might not call us to literally walk on water as he bid Peter to do, he does summon us to “walk by water.” What do I mean by this? It is by the water of Baptism that we can come to live all that Christ calls us to do and be. Whenever we face a difficulty in living as his authentic disciples, we should ask Jesus to stir up the power of the sacrament of Baptism in our souls. While the reception of Baptism happened at some moment in our lives, whether as an infant or at an age when we were aware of receiving it, the Lord has poured into our souls the very power of the Holy Trinity. While we might struggle and sink sometimes as Peter did, if we keep reaching out to Jesus by calling upon him to vivify the power of the water of Baptism in us, over time we will see that we come to have the ability to live our Catholic Christian life to its fullest and thereby can spiritually “walk on water.” So, whenever following Jesus seems impossible remember to “walk by water,” by the water of Baptism.

As the new school year is just around the corner now that we are in August, our regular parish activities will be starting up again. Here are some of the activities of which to be aware that will be happening:

  • Religious Education (CCD) will begin again on August 31 with a Fall Festival for our families and children.

  • The Great Adventure Bible Series Study will be offered again this fall. This fall there willbe 11 sessions on the Book of Revelation. This will start on Monday, August 29 at 7:00PM. All are welcome to come.

  • On Sunday, August 28 (time to be announced), there will be an information and planning meeting for the start of a newopportunity for single, unmarried women in our parish called “Sole Sisters.” The plan is to meet twice a month, one time being for spiritual enrichment and the other time for some social activity.

  • The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will be offered beginning in September. If anyone is interested in becoming Catholic, whether never baptized or already baptized in another denomination, please contact me at 253-2889 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to set up a time for us to visit about this.

  • “That Man Is You,” a faith enrichment program for Catholic men, will be offered beginning this fall. Details will be coming soon. Details will be coming later about such things as the schedule for our youth group activities and other adult faith formation opportunities that will be offered beginning in the fall, so watch the bulletin for these as well.

Have a blessed and wonderful week.
Fr. Gutowski

This Week

Prayer Intention for the Week
For the sick: Joyce Cockerill, Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green, Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin, Dorothy Foged.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Sat., Dec. 9, Springfielder at Heart Dinner
Sun., Dec. 10, Christmas Open House 3 – 5 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 13, RE, 6:15 P.M.