Weekly Prayer & Update – October 2

This Week’s Gospel Reflection

Sunday, October 4 – Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Written by Colleen Sisolak, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Did you never read in the Scriptures:

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?”

Lord Jesus, we are reminded this weekend that You are that cornerstone, and that You were and are still rejected by so many. It is easy to feel discouraged and want to give up when our invitations to have others connect with You are met with “No,” yet we MUST continue to persist and encourage in a loving and gentle way. We, like You, MUST meet people where they are, observe, listen, pray for and welcome.

Heavenly Father, the gift of Your Son is so clearly the greatest of blessings. May we not only accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but also love Him, model Him and share this knowledge with others, so that they, too, may one day be welcomed into the gift of Your heavenly kingdom.


Sign Up for Mass October 3 & 4

We encourage you to pre-register to save time when you check in at Mass (check-in not required for outdoor Mass), as well as to help us gauge attendance. Pre-registering is not required, however. Kindly sign up for Mass by 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 3. Here’s how:
  1. Click here and then click the “Sign Up” button of the Mass you’d like to attend.
  2. Select the number of people in your household who will be attending from the drop-down menu.
  3. If you’re already in the Flocknotes database, the system will recognize you when you click the sign-up button. If not, enter a contact name and email or phone number if prompted.
  4. Click Submit and close the sign-up window/tab.
  5. You’ll receive an email confirmation after your sign up is complete. The confirmation email gives you the ability to modify or cancel your registration after you’ve signed up.

Parish Mission Follow-Up Sessions – “Unwrapping Your Gifts”

If you weren’t able to participate in the Parish Mission with David Sanborn, we invite you to watch the recordings here. Then, dig deeper into this conversation by attending three follow up sessions, “Unwrapping Your Gifts”, Thursdays, October 8, 15 and 22 from 7-8 PM via Zoom.

These 1-hour sessions will provide an opportunity to break open your gifts, discuss ways you can cultivate those gifts, move beyond hesitation to action, and how you can align your gifts to the parish mission and core missionary principles.

What does this really mean? You will, in a small group, grow in your relationship with the Holy Spirit and better understand what is wanted from you and for you.

October 8, 7-8 PM – Cultivate your Gifts

October 15, 7-8 PM – Build Your Gifts for the Community and Parish

October 22, 7-8 PM – Align Your Gifts with the Core Mission of SJE

To register for “Unwrapping Your Gifts,” click here.

Our Daily Bread Casserole & St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry Collection – This Sunday, October 4

We will be collecting frozen casseroles for Our Daily Bread as well as non-perishable food items for the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry on Sunday, October 4 from 8:30-11:30 AM in the parking lot next to the chapel/bell tower.

Volunteers for both efforts will have their cars parked there for the drop-off, and they will remove your donated items from your vehicle. For safety’s sake, please wear a facial mask when dropping off. Please do not bring any items into the narthex or the church hall.

Disposable casserole pans and recipes are available in the plastic bin in front of the parish office. The recipe may also be downloaded here.

We appreciate your donations to help feed those in need!

Blessing of the Animals This Sunday, October 4 at 12:30 PM

In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we will have a blessing of the animals on Sunday, October 4at 12:30 PM in front of the church, rain or shine. Kindly make sure that all animals are leashed/contained and controlled.

Virtual Catholic Conference

The COVID-19 crisis has posed one of the greatest challenges to business professionals and the viability of their organizations. Beyond the pandemic, social unrest in the United States and many other parts of the world calls for inspired, attentive, and determined leaders in the workplace.

The Virtual Catholic Leadership Conference is an incredible way to unite as Catholic business professionals to be inspired, innovative, and serve as a beacon of hope in the workplace.

Register here for free.

The free event goes from Thursday, October 8 through Saturday, October 10. Hosting more than 70 presenters on topics of business ethics, servant leadership, work/life balance, and more, there is something here for the Catholic business professional at any stage in their career.

For more info, visit: https://www.virtualcatholicconference.com/Legatus2020

Confirmation During 11:30 AM Mass on Sunday, October 11

Let us pray for our 27 Confirmation candidates and their families as we prepare to welcome Bishop Adam Parker, who will be confirming these candidates on Sunday, October 11 at the regularly-scheduled 11:30 AM Mass. We’re planning for an outdoor celebration, but please note that should the Mass need to be held inside the church, space will be extremely limited. We anticipate the Mass to take about an hour and a half. All are welcome for the outdoor celebration. Regardless of location, we plan to livestream the Confirmation Mass via Facebook.

Share Your Love for SJE! 

Publicity Volunteers Needed

In preparation for the parish’s upcoming 200th anniversary, we’re looking for volunteers to help with publicity and communications. This is a fun way to get involved and help promote the celebratory events that will take place between April 2021 and May 2022. For more information, contact Jenn Ehrlich at ehrlichje@sjehydes.org or 410-592-6206, ext. 104.

Pastoral Council Induction

Blessings to the Pastoral Council Members who were inducted last weekend!