29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Oct 19th, 2019 by Parish Office | 0
Image of Woman asking Judge for assistance, "Because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me" - LK 18:5

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

The gospel today reminds us that some prayers need to be uttered again and again and again, such as a prayer for peace and justice, prayers for health, prayers for the poor and homeless, prayers of gratitude to God.  The purpose of our prayer does not change God’s actions or attitude, but has a profound effect on our own. Those areas of our faith life we struggle with the most need to be in our daily prayer plan.

This is why we take a weekend each year to ponder and pray on Offertory Giving to our Parish. The Offertory is a part of the Eucharistic Liturgy. Right after we listen to the Word of God and right at the be-ginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we pause to take up a collection and then bring forward in a procession our gifts of Bread, Wine and the Collection basket.

There are many reasons the church gives us this as a part of the rite each Sunday. A reminder to be grateful, a reminder to be generous, an opportunity to be sacrificial in our service of God and neighbor are a few. We place the gifts of bread and wine on the altar and pray “Lord, accept this SACRIFICE.” These gifts are symbols of all the sacrifices we have made in the past week and the ongoing sacrifice of self in loving and grateful service to God.

To me, this is one of the most important parts of the whole liturgy. My personal gift, my personal involvement in the great Covenant at the altar. So, each year as I ponder and pray and make my pledge, I am grateful for the opportunity to give even more of myself to God.

With love,

Father Tom

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