19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ready to open when he comes and knocks?
Does the front door of our heart and soul have a “ring” doorbell? Or is it just a plain door where you cannot see who is knocking? The sayings and parables of today’s gospel are linked together with the themes of vigilance, preparedness and fidelity. As faithful followers of Jesus, we are to be “girded” and ready for action.  Jesus lovingly addressed the whole Christian community as his “little flock.” Our good shepherd confidently says, “Do not be afraid any longer.” You are going to get the Kingdom! We are in!

That’s encouraging but be sure to read the fine print: “Give alms. … For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” And the Lord adds, “You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come” knocking at our door. Will he find us spiritually ready for him to be fully welcomed into our life? Or will we just tell him to leave the package at the door, and I will get it later?

 Bible Study With Father Bob Starts Up Again This Week!
The popular and well-received Scripture Study of the Sunday lectionary is back up and running again as we look to understand the Word of God that is proclaimed at Mass on the following Sunday. People find it very helpful in their appreciation of the Liturgy of the Word at Sunday Mass when they come and hear about the background of the Old Testament reading and the Gospel that they will hear in church. You don’t need to be a bible scholar; just bring your Bible to Feckter Hall each week on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., OR Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Rite Of Christian Initiation Of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Now is the time to consider for yourself (if you are not Catholic), is the Lord calling me, or do I just have a gut-feeling that I might be ready to become a full-fledged Catholic? Or maybe it it’s the time for a Catholic to “recruit” someone close to you to take “instructions” through our St. Bernadette R.C.I.A. process. It could be your spouse or other relative, good friend, or your neighbor. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone. Let them know how much your Catholic faith means to you. They can’t do more than say, “No thanks, not now.”

Our R.C.I.A. will start the week of September 12 on a weeknight evening (tba). To sign up, just give me a call at the parish office to set up an appointment so that I can explain the R.C.I.A. process, get to know your religious background, and allow for you to ask any questions.

“Refresh, Renew, Rebuild
This is our St. Bernadette 75th Jubilee theme that you see on the beautiful Jubilee banner in church. It could also serve as the theme of the Archdiocesan “All Things New” process, as St. Louis Catholics and our leadership respond to the current and future needs of the Catholic Church in our St. Louis community.  This month, the parish leadership on our Parish Council, Finance Council and St. Vincent de Paul Council will be reviewing the archdiocesan survey results and the strengths and weaknesses of our parish. Our goal in the Archdiocese is indeed like our parish jubilee theme – to refresh, renew, and rebuild parish life and parish structures that encourage evangelization and reaching out to the community around, so that the Church can grow by spreading the good news about Jesus and his message of salvation.

Hope You Enjoyed Last Saturday’s Parish Jubilee Barbecue!
We thank Jim Flick and the Jubilee Committee for the good work in planning and pulling off this delightful parish social event.

Next Jubilee Events:

  • Parish Mission, Sun.- Tues., Sept. 18-20
  • Jubilee Mass and Banquet, Sat. Sept. 24