It is from the SkitGuys website/blog and includes a funny video look at the topic. I hope you enjoy and that the message 'hits the mark' with you today!
Have a great one!
Read This: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)
Watch This: http://skitguys.com/blog/post/living-to-hit-the-mark
Think: There are some people reading this who know exactly what God has called them to do and how they can best serve him. But there are more than a few others out there who struggle to figure out how we fit in to God’s big picture, who feel a little awkward and insignificant in the midst of the masses. There’s so much pressure to make something of yourself—to have a tangible list of accomplishments ready to rattle off to strangers and family members alike. With such huge expectations it’s no wonder so many lose focus and, before long, lose their motivation to even try.
But no matter how average or quirky you are, God has gifted you with a unique combination or talent and passion. You have a calling. We all do. And you don’t have to go looking for it because God’s already told us—to glorify him by loving him and loving others. Matthew 22: 37-39 says, “Jesus said to him, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” This is God’s purpose for your life; this is your target.
But it doesn't just happen. We have to be focused in a world clouded with distractions. We have to be intentional with our time, our relationships, and our finances. It will play out differently in people’s lives—for some it may lead to a life in ministry, for others it might be being the best teacher, businessperson, friend, or neighbor you can be. You don’t have to be famous or popular to make a difference. You don’t have to have a big name to have a big life. If you obey God’s most important instructions, you can’t miss the mark.
Ask: After the Apostle Paul’s conversion, he worked tirelessly for the sake of the gospel. Do you have the same confidence as him in the key verse? Why or why not?
Pray: Ask God to help you be focused and intentional in everything you do today and every day.
Hi Again LIGHT Families,
Hope that this rainy day finds you dry and productive since we are forced to stay inside. Or maybe it’s a lazy day at your house, in which case…I’m jealous!
Summer seems to be quickly drawing to a close, and with it comes a time to reflect on the wonderful season that it has been. One of my personal summer traditions is to play hooky from Mass up in the “Big City” (as some of you know, I live down in South County) and instead go incognito as a vacationer at a parish by my home. There is a small chapel nearby that is frequented by visitors from all over who are enjoying our lovely RI seacoast. It is always a treat to go to Mass with them, as I catch their carefree and relaxed spirit by pretending that I am one of them – just for an hour!
As I entered the chapel a few weeks ago and had a quiet moment of prayer before the liturgy began, I took some time to reflect on what the difference was between that vacation crowd that surrounded me and the ‘normal’ mass crowd back at my home parish. I love the other regulars who I attend 9:30am Mass with at St. Catherine’s and I miss them when I don’t go. I know them to be people of great faith, with a generous spirit, who are devoted to our parish family and its well-being. There is a bond there which is unmistakable and I’m very happy to be a part of it. But this vacationing crowd also had an allure. It is by looking back on our lesson from last fall when we talked about being in Right Relationship with God, that I was able to put my finger on it.
Those families who seek out a different church when they are away from home know what it means to be in Right Relationship with their Creator. Those who make their Mass experience a priority know that time with God is not just another appointment on their calendar, but that it is essential for their relationship with the Father. (I am in no way implying that those of us who attend Mass at our home parish do not do this!!) But, to be surrounded in great numbers by this type of crowd is really a spiritually uplifting experience. These families know that God does not belong in a box, to be taken out when it is convenient. They know that they must make time for Him, as they make time for any other relationship that is important in their lives. Check out this fun video clip on NOT keeping God in a Box.
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to get your tickets for the parish picnic that will be held on September 7th! They can be purchased after Mass the weekends of August 23/24 and August 30/31.
Hello Again LIGHT Families!
I feel as if it’s been forever since I have been in touch. I hope that you are all in the midst of a fun and relaxing summer season.
Things are going smoothly at the parish with the transition of pastors and our new ‘affiliated’ status. Father Plante is settling in to the big job of overseeing both St. Francis and St. Catherine’s. There have been minimal changes to how each parish operates, but some are necessary in order to make it possible for one man to manage two separate churches. The biggest change that you will notice is in the Mass schedule. It different at both places, so here it is (just FYI) in case you are still not straight on times and places!
St. Francis of Assisi
Saturdays: 4 pm
Sundays: 11:00 am
Monday & Wednesday: 8 am
St. Catherine of Siena
Saturdays: 5:15 pm
Sundays: 7:30 am & 9:30 am
Tuesday & Friday: 9:00 am
Another change that is on the horizon is that families of St. Francis will be joining the LIGHT program this year. I know we will all welcome them warmly and make them feel at home. Their numbers are not large, so we will not need to add another LIGHT night and will continue with Gatherings on Tuesdays at 5:30pm and Fridays at 6pm.
MiniLIGHT will be held the weekend of September 13/14th. Like last year, you will be able to choose from a Saturday evening or Sunday morning option. That weekend, we will join for Mass, share a meal, take care of administrative detail, and then introduce the theme for the year.
Before we turn our attention to a new topic, I thought it would be helpful to look back at what we covered last year; to remind ourselves how we are all called to live in Right Relationship with God, others, ourselves, the environment, and the world and to use our finances and our technology responsibly as we do. So look for some reflections on Living Jesus’ kind of Justice during the month of August.
One quick plug, the St. Catherine Parish Picnic is coming up on Sunday, September 7th at 12:30pm in the church hall. Tickets will be on sale after masses at the end of August. The picnic will feature great food as well as some fun activities for kids. I hope that you’ll consider joining us as we end the summer together as a parish family. The committee is looking for Master grillers, bakers, salad makers, and an assembly crew. If you are able to help, contact Connie at 737-1933 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, many of you have been asking about Father Friedrichs. He is very well and enjoying the ‘easy life’ of retirement at his beautiful lakeside cottage: connecting with family and friends, enjoying the summer activities of our great state, and getting in some much needed (and deserved) R&R. He misses us, as we do him, but knows that we are in great hands with Fr. Plante.
Have a great day everyone! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!