Presbyterial Convocation: Every Year most every diocese in the world will have an annual gathering of priests. The Diocese of Owensboro usually has our gathering of priests in the month of January. This year the convocation will be January 16-19 at St Meinrad, Indiana. It is a great time to be with brother priests. We celebrate Mass together and prayers and also will be having discussions and talks on different topics. This year’s topic is “Reclaiming the Value and Power of the Christian Funeral”. It will be presented by Dr. Thomas Long. Thomas G. Long, is an ordained Presbyterian Minister, he served as the Bandy Professor of Preaching at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta from 2000 until his retirement in 2015. Please keep all the priests of the diocese in your prayers as we have our annual gathering.
$300 Plus:At the end of the year 2016 I was glad to see that we were $300 above in our collection. Thanks to everyone for your generous gift to the parish especially during the Christmas and New Year season. Thanks for your faithfulness in giving to God. God blesses a cheerful giver. Please continue to be generous as you can. Especially if there are families who have not yet started please consider giving. I am not asking anything that I myself don’t do. Being an order priest I too tithe in my own way every month according to my ability. It is not to make it known but to tell that each family can contribute according to their own ability. We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse. What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. - Albert Pike
Christian Unity Week:This is an annual 8- day period observed from January 18th to the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, January 25th, during which Christians of various denominations come together in prayer for the restoration of full unity among all Christian people of the world. The goal – that there will be one flock, one shepherd- John 10: 16. This observance began in 1908 started by Thomas Watson, an Episcopalian from New York. In promotion of this Christian Unity Week, St Stephen Cathedral is hosting a Hymn Festival and prayer on Thursday, January 19th at 6 pm. Please participate in this if you can.
New Family Reception: We welcome all new families to the parish. If there are families that don’t go anywhere, please invite them to our Precious Blood Family. I am very glad to know that in 2016 we had 21 new families join this parish. The names of those families are listed in this week’s bulletin. I want to invite each of the new families who joined our parish in 2016 to join me in the rectory on Tuesday, January 31st for a get together at 6pm. Special thanks to Andy Johnson who visits every new family and welcomes them to the parish by giving them homemade bread.
Vincentians:The other day I was driving down 4th Street and saw a big line of people in the cold weather, standing in front of the Help Office. It’s a sad fact that there are many homeless and poor people in our midst. In our daily lives we come across so many of these people. When we drop by the library to catch up on our reading or get a book, we may spot someone sitting in the corner pretending to read (the book is upside down), we know he or she is there to get in out of the cold. When we stop at McDonalds for a quick cup of coffee, we see out of the corner of our eye someone drinking a cup of coffee– was there the whole time nursing that same cup of coffee. He or she is also there to be out of the cold. Let us not forget to thank God for our daily blessings. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society does a great job of reaching out to people. Thanks to all those who work with our St. Vincent DePaul Society. May God reward you for your goodness.
Fr. Suneesh Mathew
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, January 16th due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Father will be attending the Priest Convocation at St. Meinrad from January 16th - 19th
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS
Special thanks to our 58 families who shopped at Kroger between 09/01/16 and 11/30/16. You have helped to contribute $481.11 to Precious Blood through the Community Reward Program.
Re-enroll at www.Kroger.com/communityrewardsor call 1-800-KROGERS, Option #3, for assistance. Also, any new supporters can call 1-800-KROGERS, Option #3 for assistance in enrolling the first time if needed.
Thank you for being part of our Kroger Community Rewards fundraising program!
OLD CHRISTMAS CARDS NEEDED
We are collecting front covers of old Christmas cards (no personal writing on the inside cover) Card covers will be sent to St. Jude's Ranch for Children. They will recycle your old cards and make them into new ones that will later be sold. All proceeds go to St. Jude's Ranch. Also accepting Thank You, Birthday, Anniversary, Get Well, Sympathy, etc.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Today's responsorial Psalm is the theme song of the good steward: "Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will." May I, too, stand ready to offer myself and my gifts in the service of God.
Readings for next weekend will be
Isaiah 8:23-9:3 1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17 Matthew 4:12-23
We invite you to read and study these passages for your own reflection as we prepare for the liturgy we will celebrate as a parish community.