Deacon Russ


Sunday, July 23, 2017 

 SHAPE UP!—I drove by Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping in Columbus on Saturday morning around 8:30, and the parking lot was full of cars. The thought occurred to me that folks paid good money just so they could get up early on Saturday morning to sweat. And, with the way the weather has been lately, one can sweat without having to pay for it. I am sure that our men and women in uniform at Camp Atterbury can vouch for that as well as can the inmates at the Edinburgh Correctional Facility who have no air conditioning. While being in good physical shape is not a bad thing, I tend to think that many of us worry more about the health of our bodies than the health of our souls. When is the last time you sweated over your soul? I think where our souls are concerned many of us are content to be “pew potatoes.” Yes, we come to church on Sunday, or maybe Saturday night, then return to our “regularly scheduled program” of appeasing our bodies rather than exercising our souls. There is a program on EWTN radio commonly called “The Lord’s Gym.” Terry Barber and Jesse Romero will give you a spiritual workout. And, I think we all need more of that unless you are already a saint. We are sinners, striving to be saints. Jesus tells us that we are wheat among weeds. At least I hope none of us are the weeds. Satan wants nothing more than for us to join him in Hell. We have to do spiritual exercises like reading the Bible and spiritual books, praying the rosary, entering our “inner room” and spending quiet time listening to God. Then, serving our sisters and brothers.

WELCOME FR. JAMES—Please join us in the Knue room after Masses this weekend when we will have an opportunity to welcome Fr. James Brockmeier to Holy Trinity. Food and drink will be provided. Please join us!

NEW CHURCH ROOF—We have analyzed our bids for the new church roof and it looks like the winning bid will cost us roughly $123,000, but we need to add a conservative contingency of perhaps 10% just to cover unknown issues and pay the architects their 6% and we are looking at the possibility of a total cost of around $142,000. I hope it doesn’t end up being that much, but we’ll use that number for the time being. Now, we have that much money squirreled away, but the finance council and I do not believe it would be prudent to spend everything just in case another issue comes up. So, we are looking at possibilities. A couple parishioners have approached me about making a special one-time gift. I’ll have more to say about this in future bulletins. Thanks to those who have regularly contributed to our parish improvement fund as well as those who support the regular collections as we have been putting 10% away each month.

5TH ENCOUNTER—Did you know…

That 4 groups of Spanish-speaking people have been meeting over the last 8 weeks? Did you know that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) invited them to do so? And did you know that almost two-thirds of U.S. Catholics younger than 18 are Hispanic, the great majority of these (93%) were born in the United States?

These groups have been involved in a process called V Encuentro (Fifth Encounter), and it is “a priority activity of the USCCB Strategic Plan of 2017-2020. The main goal ...is to discern ways in which the Church in the United States can better respond to the Hispanic/Latino presence, and to strengthen the ways in which Hispanic/Latinos respond to the call of the New Evangelization as missionary disciples serving the entire Church.”

The 5 sessions that each group has engaged in were designed to give individuals an opportunity to grow in their faith by reading the experience of the disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24, where they had given up hope until Jesus walked with them, listened to their sorrow and despair, spoke to them of the history leading up to the crucifixion, and revealing Himself to those disciples when He broke the bread for them at dinner, after which they returned rejoicing to Jerusalem realizing that He, indeed, had risen from the dead.

The individuals who were meeting in groups were encouraged to invite others back to the Church and to the faith of their childhood.

V ENCUENTRO—Sabías…

¿Que 4 grupos de hispanohablantes se han reunido en las últimas 8 semanas? ¿Sabía usted que la Conferencia de Obis-pos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB) los invitó a hacerlo? ¿Y sabía usted que casi dos tercios de los católicos estadounidenses menores de 18 años son hispanos, la gran mayoría de ellos (93%) nacieron en los Estados Unidos?

Estos grupos han estado involucrados en un proceso llamado V Encuen-tro, y es "una actividad prioritaria del Plan Estratégico de USCCB de 2017-2020. El objetivo principal ... es discernir las formas en que la Iglesia en los Estados Unidos puede responder mejor a la pre-sencia hispano / latina y fortalecer las formas en que los hispanos / latinos responden al llamado de la Nueva Evangelización como discípulos misioneros sirviendo La Iglesia entera ".

Las 5 sesiones en las que cada grupo se ha involucrado fueron diseñadas para dar a los individuos la oportunidad de crecer en su fe leyendo la experiencia de los discípulos en el camino a Emaús en Lucas 24, donde habían perdido la esperanza hasta que Jesús caminó con ellos, A su pesar y desesperación, les habló de la historia que conduce a la crucifixión y se reveló a esos discípulos cuando les partió el pan para la cena, después de lo cual regresaron regocijándose a Jerusalén dándose cuenta de que Él, de hecho, se había resucitado de los muertos.

Los individuos que se reunían en grupos a escucharse mutuamente, a invitar a otros a la Iglesia y a la Fe de su in-fancia.!