From The Pastor’s Desk

From The Pastor’s Desk

It always surprises people when they say, “What do you mean, I am not a member of the parish? I have gone to church here for 3 years, etc.” My response, “You are not listed. Did you ever register?” Well…no, but you know me. That may be true, that I know a person; but if they have not registered, they could just be attending mass here because it is convenient. Belonging to a parish at the very least, means being registered and attending mass on a regular basis, (Christmas and Easter liturgies is not a regular basis).

Our Children learn from example. Many adults believe that children do not understand many things; but as a former teacher and being around young people constantly, believe me they understand.

ST. AGNES FALL BAZAAR...A PARISH EVENT

ST. AGNES FALL BAZAAR...A PARISH EVENT

Coming the weekend of Nov. 2/3 we will hold our annual parish bazaar. There will be several booths for you to come and browse and, hopefully, find something for yourself or a Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. If we support our vendors they will continue to come each year and support our causes! We can always use volunteers to help for an hour or two each day:

From The Pastor’s Desk

From The Pastor’s Desk

For the past two years I have been presenting an adult class on Sunday mornings. One set of classes covered St. Paul the Man, another set of classes covered Church history, another set looked at the New Testament. This fall I began a set of classes which I have titled, The Beginning of the Church. I chose this topic because many people do not have a good knowledge of early church teachings and doctrine, how and why they developed.

The Catholic Church gave the world the Bible, the Church didn’t come from the Bible. The Bible is not a historical record of events, but it is a book of FAITH. The New Testament is the most reliable of ancient texts. The earliest copies date to the early 200’s. The originals of the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have not survived, but their copies have survived.

CONFIRMATION NEWS

CONFIRMATION NEWS

The next Confirmation session will be held Sunday, Oct 13th beginning at 3:00 pm in the cafeteria. All candidates should plan on attending. Remember if you were not baptized at St Agnes, a copy of your Baptismal certificate is required. Contact Iris Bounds at ibounds@stacathedral. org with any questions.

LADIES OF THE PARISH!!!

LADIES OF THE PARISH!!!

All are invited to our upcoming PCCW activity; "Wreath Making Party!" The event will take place Tuesday, Oct 22nd from 6:30-8:30 in the dining room. We will have all the supplies necessary to make a fall wreath or a Christmas wreath. We will have wreath bases, pine cones and every kind of ribbon to create your own festive wreath. More importantly, you can spend time with other ladies of our parish. What a great way to create community among our ladies!

      From The Pastor’s Desk  When I mention stewardship, is seems like people only think about, “Father wants more money!” Within marriage, money is a lot of times a touchy subject due to budgets and unexpected emergencies, so it is within “church”. It is not easy to tackle this subject within the parish family. So let’s forget about money, budgets and talk about true stewardship.  This past weekend the Parish Council hosted St. Agnes Stewardship Fair. We have not had one here at St. Agnes for at least four years. It presented many of the different ministries which our parish is involved in both here in the parish as well as in the community. Many of the ministries are a combination, parish and community.  It is easy to look at the examples of the Saints before us and throw our arms up in defeat, saying, “Giving up all of my possessions is not realistic—I have a family to take care of. So I guess I cannot do this stewardship thing.” But that thought process is kind of like missing the “spirit” of the law because one is so focused on the “letter” of the law. In the spirit of the great Saints before us, let’s all consider how our lives, our priorities, and our decisions reflect Christ and make some changes where necessary.  Ask yourself: How can I use ten minutes this day, or an hour—whatever is the case, to thank God for all of the blessings he has bestowed on me? I have $5, $50 or $500—how can I use it to help others in need? I have skills in music, computers, listening, carpentry, gardening—whatever talents you’ve been blessed. How can I use these gifts to show God that I love my brother and sister as I love myself?  Stewardship isn’t a contest of who can give the most money. It isn’t a popularity contest of who is in the most activities. And it certainly isn’t a “Who’s Got Talent” contest of who has the most impressive gifts from God. Stewardship is a very personal commitment to God and to our faith community. And just like jumping back on the diet wagon after you have eaten a dozen donuts, Stewardship is a decision to be made daily—hourly—one at a time. It is never too late to choose Christ as the first priority in your life. And making that choice certainly does not mean that you walk away from your job, your house, and your belongings. Stewardship simply means remembering that all we have: in our bank accounts, in our resumes, our hobby rooms and on our calendars…ALL we have is a gift from God and we should treat it all accordingly.  I do want to take this time to thank all the many volunteers who help around our parish plant. I will not try to name people because I will leave some of you off the list as I keep seeing different people doing different things. I also want to thank all of you who give in the collection to help keep the parish solvent. If you ask pastors, “what is your biggest concern”, almost all will tell you, “Is there enough money to pay the bills this month.” So again I thank all of you who use your Sunday envelopes, and ask those who do not contribute, to please consider helping to pay the family bills.  SAVE THE DATE: Tickets for SCHS’s production of Hunchback of Notre Dame, Nov. 14,15,& 17, go on sale to the public Oct. 12, 2019

When I mention stewardship, is seems like people only think about, “Father wants more money!” Within marriage,

money is a lot of times a touchy subject due to budgets and unexpected emergencies, so it is within “church”. It is not

easy to tackle this subject within the parish family. So let’s forget about money, budgets and talk about true

stewardship.

CONFIRMATION NEWS

CONFIRMATION NEWS

The next Confirmation session will be held

Sunday, Oct 13th beginning at 3:00 pm in

the cafeteria. All candidates should plan on

attending. Remember if you were not

baptized at St Agnes, a copy of your Baptismal certificate

is required. Contact Iris Bounds at ibounds@stacathedral.

org with any questions.

ST. AGNES FALL BAZAAR...A PARISH EVENT

ST. AGNES FALL BAZAAR...A PARISH EVENT

Coming the weekend of Nov. 2/3 we will hold our annual parish bazaar. There will be several booths for you to come and browse and, hopefully, find something for yourself or a Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. If we support our vendors they will continue to come each year and support our causes!

We can always use volunteers to help for an hour or two each day:

From The Pastor’s Desk

From The Pastor’s Desk

Last weekend in my homily I talked about all the unique characters in Jesus’ parables. Many of them were not the most

upstanding, and for most of His listeners they were disturbing. Jesus was not entertaining, His parables were meant to

challenge old ways of thinking. Actually this was nothing new of God. All we need to do is study the Old and New

Testaments of the Bible. God used many different people in His plan of our salvation. I do not believe I am being

irreverent in my next paragraphs. In fact I think it should give all of hope that we can be of use to God in some way

regardless of our past.

HELP NEEDED

HELP NEEDED

Everyone enjoys coffee & donuts on Sunday mornings! Right now we need a couple of volunteers who are willing to make the coffee and lemonade. If you can help (even on occasion) we would love your help! Please call the parish office at 831-3565 or contact Iris Bounds at ibounds@sta-cathedral.org. Thank you for helping!

YOUR PARISH

YOUR PARISH

Thank you for joining us for the Stewardship Fair. We hope that you prayerfully consider getting more involved In Your parish. If you have any questions about a specific group, please fill out the ministry card in the pews or the back of church and place it in the boxes or you can call the parish office at 831-3565. Thank you for sharing your time, talents, and gifts with your St. Agnes parish. We are truly blessed to have you.

SENIORS OF ST AGNES AND THEIR FAMILIES

SENIORS OF ST AGNES AND THEIR FAMILIES

On Friday, October 4 at 1:00pm in the Dining Room, representatives for SENIOR RESOURCE NETWORKOF THE OZARKS will be present to inform, and answer questions, regarding resources in our community. In the past, a lawyer dealing with wills and probate, a financial advisor, a pharmacist, a Medicare Insurance specialist, car insurance agent and people from health care and/or\ hospice have spoken to us. Although they represent individual businesses, there has NEVER been any pressure at the meeting to use them specifically, and they are always informative.

From The Pastor’s Desk

From The Pastor’s Desk

Last weekend in the Gospel from Luke we heard one of the most endearing of the parables, the Prodigal Son. Jesus used simple word-pictures to help people understand who God is and what his kingdom or reign is like. Jesus’ teachings used images and characters taken from the everyday life and world around Him to create a drama to illustrate his message.

Youth Activities

Youth Activities

TODAY, Sunday, Sept 22nd from 6:30-8:30 PM, St. Agnes Youth will sponsor a bonfire. All youth in grades 8- 12 are invited to join us for hot dogs, s'mores, music and stories by the firepit. We will be gathering by the priest garage in the grassy area by the parking lot. Free food and Father Joseph promises to share his musical ability on the guitar. Bring a friend and a lawn chair or blanket. All are invited, no cost, but bring a drink and a snack to share. Wednesday, October 9th, 6:30-8:00pm, Movie night in the cafeteria. Mark your calendar! More details to come.

SENIORS OF ST AGNES AND THEIR FAMILIES

SENIORS OF ST AGNES AND THEIR FAMILIES

On Friday, October 4 at 1:00pm in the Dining Room, representatives for SENIOR RESOURCE NETWORK OF THE OZARKS will be present to inform, and answer questions, regarding resources in our community. In the past, a lawyer dealing with wills and probate, a financial advisor, a pharmacist, a Medicare Insurance specialist, car insurance agent and people from health care and/or hospice have spoken to us. Although they represent individual businesses, there has NEVER been any pressure at the meeting to use them specifically, and they are always informative.