SMIC E-Bulletin-November 6, 2022
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time; November 6,
From Father Nathan...
Dear Friends at Saint Mary’s Immaculate Conception Parish and Saint Frances Cabrini Parish:
Praised be Jesus Christ! This Tuesday the 8th is yet another Election Day in our Nation. More so than in prior years, I’ve been relatively quiet on the topic this time around, in part for lack of profound wisdom to offer about it all. Certainly the Church has long-standing teachings about a variety of ethical topics that are critically important for persons and for society. These same teachings are the guidelines that we utilize to help us decide which candidates to support or which ones to oppose in an election. Simply put: a Catholic should vote differently than a secular, non-believer. That said, it has grown increasingly difficult to match up a candidate of best fit who aligns with all or even most of our Catholic teachings. Moreover, our political climate has grown increasingly dysfunctional which contributes to the growing sentiment that the electoral process as we have known it is becoming increasingly irrelevant. Simply put: why bother voting at all?
These are challenging dilemmas in our democratic process to be sure. In the aftermath of the overturn of Roe vs. Wade, the pro-life movement no longer coalesces against a common, national legal foe. Certainly we are all opposed to abortion, but with Roe now gone, what exactly does it look like to advance a pro-life legislative agenda? It appears to vary by state, circumstance, and location and this puts strains on the customarily Republican lock on this issue that for many years had served as the default decider in Catholic voting behavior for large segments of the faithful. With opposition to Roe no longer holding the bloc together in the same way it used to, the Republican Party has become fragmented on another key ethical issue which is the opposition to same sex unions. It is a gut-punching realization that in some situations a Catholic may have to vote for a candidate who is opposed to abortion but who also has no qualms about protecting the legal status of same sex unions. How does one weigh those issues out in the balancing scales of what is more important? I suppose abortion would be the decider but it comes at the cost of supporting a candidate that is not going to support God’s plan for the family and traditional marriage which is gravely unfortunate.
Perhaps the most compelling (albeit tedious) question a Catholic voter can ask as we hit election day would be this: of the two candidates of each major party and the choice before me, which of the two seems less likely to directly attack and oppose the Church’s freedom to operate freely according to our Gospel principles? Depending upon the major party platform in question, or the stated political aims of a given candidate, which one is going to let the Church carry out our mission without forcing us to conform to mandate after mandate imposed in the name of secular notions of equality? This seems to be the most pressing question of this current campaign and of this moment in history. As time passes I would not be surprised if even this question becomes irrelevant as we simply make peace as believers with the fact that no matter who is in power, we are going to be persecuted, and we will be dealing with an agenda that as believers we simply cannot agree with.
At that point it probably will be a truly meaningless exercise to vote, and at that point maybe the Church’s modern flirtation with mild endorsements of liberal democratic models of government as the preferred means to order society will be over with. I do not sense that this point of total despair for our nations electoral process has arrived yet. Therefore, voting is still an important activity if it is viewed, as I am viewing it in this election, at least at a minimum as a way to protect the Church’s room to operate without harassment. The fact is that we do live in a fallen world which means that no system of governance is perfect, nor will any nation (including our own) last forever. Christians live in a world of ever shifting political realities while the one, common Gospel endures. This brings needed perspective on the rising dysfunction around us. Christians are also called to hope, and we are commanded to work for a better and more Christian world. For now that still means voting. What it will mean in later years is not for us to know right now, and we quietly place those questions about “tomorrow” into the provident hands of God as we engage the reality he has placed before us today.
*Father Nathan will be making is annual retreat this week from Sunday afternoon the 6th, through Friday afternoon the 11th.
While on retreat he will not be responding to messages.
Please keep him in your prayers.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
MASS OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
Sunday, November 6th at 3pm
LaVern “Sonny” Carstens
Readings for the week of November 6, 2022
Sunday: 2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14/Ps 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 [15b]/2 Thes 2:16—3:5/ Lk 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38
Monday: Ti 1:1-9/Ps 24:1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6/Lk 17:1-6
Tuesday: Ti 2:1-8, 11-14/Ps 37:3-4, 18 and 23, 27 and 29/Lk 17:7-10
Wednesday: Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9/1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17/Jn 2:13-22
Thursday: Phlm 7-20/Ps 146:7, 8-9a, 9bc-10/Lk 17:20-25
Friday: 2 Jn 4-9/Ps 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18/Lk 17:26-37
Saturday: 3 Jn 5-8/Ps 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6/Lk 18:1-8
Next Sunday: Mal 3:19-20a/Ps 98:5-6, 7-8, 9/2 Thes 3:7-12/Lk 21:5-19
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Saint Mary’s Rummage Sale is over and what a sale we had. Again this year we had a room full of treasurers donated by our parishioners who we thank so very much. Also we want to thank all the youth who showed up both weekends and worked really hard setting up and taking down tables and putting supplies under the stage. A big thank you to the team of volunteers who came every day, folding, hanging, and
arranging items for the sale. Because of all of you our net income is $12,365.95, half of this will go to Saint Vincent de Paul to help them help others in the community.
At Christmas we connect with the people we love. But what if you are a child with a parent in prison – feeling lonely, abandoned and hurt?
Through Angel Tree you can connect a child with their parent behind bars and offer joy and hope to a prisoner’s family.
Saint Mary’s will again be doing Prison Fellowship ANGEL TREE on November 20th after Mass. You can pick an Angel from the tree, register it with a volunteer, purchase gift indicated and return gift by December 4th. Gifts will be delivered to the prisoner’s children with a message of love and good news of Jesus in the name of incarcerated parents.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN USHER?
We would love to have you join us! Training Provided!
Please contact Ed at 262-343-1074.
SCRIP is available after Sunday Masses in the lobby.
Our next church cleaning is November 26th at 7am.
Many hands make light work. Call Beth at 338-5600 if you have any questions or are interested in helping.
FULL SHELF FOOD PANTRY:
Thank you for your support of the Full Shelf Food Pantry.
We will be highlighting a needed item each month.
November: Cake/Brownie mixes and frosting.
MINISTRY OF THE MONTH...Saint Vincent DePaul Society
The purpose is to grow in spirituality and the mission is to help the poor. Neighbors in need of rent, energy payments or other necessities call the SVDP store. The information is passed onto a member, known as the Vincentian. The member calls the neighbor and makes an appointment for a home visit. Visits are made in pairs. Once needs are addressed, prayers are shared with the family. At meetings we have a short spiritual study and discuss any issues that need to be addressed. Meetings are held in the Holy Angels church basement at 6:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Anyone interested is welcome to come. You can contact Jean Gorman (262-338-3453) Mary Moll (262-334-3459) or Steve Wolf (262-251-7689) for more information.
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ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTION...
Austria and Germany
have a tradition of Godparents sharing a pastry known as "All Saints Braid" (Allerheiligenstriezel) with Godchildren on November 1st.
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this exciting and vibrant ministry with our friends in Honduras.
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Twinning News; October 2022.pdf
TWINNING ONLINE FUNDRAISER
We're hosting an online fundraiser for Amigos Unidos Grade School Education Program, and we'd love for you to join us! From now through December 31st, we're partnering with SERRV International, a Fair-Trade nonprofit organization working to empower over 8,000 artisans and farmers around the world with fair and vital employment. Shop 1000+ handcrafted products and foods at serrv.org?a=AmigosUnidos and Amigos Unidos will earn 20% of your purchase! You can view the products online or peruse the catalogs in the San Gaspar room. Thank you so much for your support! Contact Karen Gresser at 262-707-4962 or email at email@example.com if you have questions about our online fundraiser.
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COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Casa Guadalupe Volunteer Opportunities
Read to Succeed, Childcare, and Homework Help needed.
to learn more.
Enchantment in the Park volunteers needed from Thanksgiving through Christmas
to sign up
Grief Support Groups-
GriefShare will meet in the Holy Angels Office every Tuesday
from November 15 through February 7, from 6:30pm-8:00pm
(Loss of a Spouse and Surviving the Holidays on November 12)
5th Avenue Methodist Church; 323 S. 5th Avenue in West Bend
First Thursday of the Month 6:30pm-8:00pm
Questions? Call 262-306-2691
FORMED.org offers a Catholic program titled
“Grieving with Hope” for free and can be done at home.
Connecting Seniors with Caring Volunteers.
This organization provides local opportunities for both volunteers and recipients. They bring non-medical care, such as light housekeeping, grocery shopping, transportation, or just a friendly visit to Seniors who could benefit from resources necessary to remain independent. To register as a volunteer or recipient, call them at 262-365-0902.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter-
Promotes experiences for couples who want to
make their good marriage even better. Visit http://www.wwme.org/ for details.
Retrouvaille-Help for your Marriage
Please call (414) 502-7685 or email: Milwaukee@HelpOurMarriage.org or visit the website at
St. Dymphna Mental Health Group
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 1pm
Saint Mary's of the Hill Parish
Contact Kim Geisler at 262-229-0821 or
Normal Mass Schedule
Sundays: 7:30am, 9:30am
Monday through Friday: 6:15am
*Signing for hearing impaired at the 9:30am Mass on the 2nd Sunday of the month
**Low-Gluten Hosts Available at Mass for persons with this specific medical need. Present yourself to the priest-celebrant at any Mass by coming for Communion at the very end of the Communion line as the last communicant. Inform the priest as you approach him for Communion that you need a low-gluten Host.
Normal Confessions and Adoration
Thursdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm
Normal Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 12Noon
on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 1:00PM