On Sunday, December 7, Roarke Center will hold our Annual Christmas Bazaar from 11am-4pm. We will have a raffle table: Lottery Tickets Tree Basket, Household Items Basket, Tea and Coffee Basket, Wine Basket, Teenage Basket and Sweet Christmas Basket. There is also an opportunity to purchase handmade items, original art work and a white elephant table. Refreshments are free!
In today’s Gospel reading (MT 25:14-30) Jesus speaks to us of our responsibility to be a “…good and faithful servant” of the Lord via the “Parable of the Talents.” In Jesus’ time a “talent” was a monetary unit worth approximately twenty years’ wage for the average laborer. As a result, when the wealthy man described in the parable entrusts his possessions to the three servants “… each according to his ability” it is significant to note that even the servant receiving a single talent has been entrusted with a great responsibility. The first two servants described in the parable used the talents supplied to them and worked diligently and faithfully in the wealthy man’s absence to gain great profit for their master. The third servant, acting out of fear, was unwilling to risk his masters wrath and “…went off and buried your talent in the ground.”
Upon the masters return the servants that wisely used the gifts they had been entrusted with were praised and rewarded by the master, the third however who failed to act was chastised and thrown “… into the darkness…”
In a similar way, the Lord has given each of us different gifts and different amounts of “talent.” If like the first two servants we use these talents to gain profit for Him we will be greatly rewarded. However, should we allow our talents to be “buried” by apathy, self-centeredness or the distractions of secular society we, like the third servant run the risk of eternal darkness.
Every year this somber motif is presented to us toward the end of the Church year as a final reality check. “Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober.” so that we may be invited to “…share in the Master’s joy.”
The Parish Nurses wish to thank all who donated diapers and wipes this past weekend for the needy! Also, please remember to complete and return the Parish Survey from last weekend’s bulletin or from the website by no later than November 23rd.
The Troy Area Catholic Schools personnel came together on Monday, November 10th for the Troy Area Catholic School Administration, Faculty and Staff Retreat at Liberty Ridge in Schaghticoke, NY. This year’s theme was “Prayer” and the inspirational retreat leader David Barocse headlined a faith filled and informative day!
Religious Education, Grades 1- 8: Classes will be held THIS Sunday, November 16, and November 23.
First Reconciliation: A parent and child retreat will be held for children who will be making their First Reconciliation this Fall. The retreat will be held in the School building on Saturday, November 22 beginning at 9:00 AM. At least one parent should plan on attending with their child.
Sacrament of First Reconciliation Service: will be held on Saturday, December 6 in the church at 9:30 AM. Please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory, or at 272-0367 with any questions.
CONFIRMATION – Grades 9-10: Class is November 23. (Session 5 The Bible) Class from 6-8pm.
RCIA and Adult Confirmation: If you or someone you know is interested in receiving or completing the initiatory sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Eucharist, or if you are interested in being part of a team to help prepare adults for these sacraments, please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory, or at 272-0367.
All are invited to attend the inaugural Eucharistic Liturgy for the Year of Consecrated Life on November 20 at 7pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany. Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger will be the Principal Celebrant and Homilist. Please call 463-4447 for more information and for parking and directions.
Next week’s Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) needs your help. CCHD was founded to end the cycle of poverty in the United States by funding organizations that help people help themselves. With the tradition of improving education, housing situations, and economic development, CCHD continues to make a positive impact on communities nationwide. Your contribution will defend human dignity and help those living on the margins of our society. Please give to the CCHD Collection.
All of our classroom children remembered our United States Veterans in a variety of age appropriate ways on this Veteran’s Day. Sharing photos of family and/or friends that have served our nation, oral reports about someone that they know and research papers sharing what they have learned are just a few of them.
God bless each of our Veterans; for there is no greater love than to serve others.
Once again, for the 3rd time in the last four weeks, we depart from the usual Sunday liturgy to celebrate the Dedication of the Church of St. John Lateran in Rome. The cathedral church located at the site of the ancient Lateran family palace is the oldest church in Rome and also the Pope’s church in his capacity as the bishop of Rome.
In the Old Testament it was believed that a special presence of God dwelled in the Jerusalem Temple. Thus in today’s first reading, the prophet Ezekiel relates to us a vision of a future Temple shown to him by an angel while he was in exile in Babylon far from the Holy Land. Ezekiel describes, life giving water (Baptismal waters perhaps) flowing in all directions from the Temple.
The New Testament reading points our attention to a new source of God’s presence: the person of Jesus Christ. When Christ died for us on the cross St. John’s Gospel points out that the curtain of the Temple was rent in two. Thereby, symbolically releasing the Old Testament presence for the new mode in the resurrected Christ.
Today we celebrate His presence in all Catholic (universal) churches united with Rome, both for His real presence in the Eucharist and His presence in His body, the Church gathered to praise and thank Him.
To learn more about the Laterian Basilica click here
Religious Education, Grades 1- 8: Classes will be held THIS Sunday, November 9, followed by attendance at the Sacred Heart Family Mass at 11:15 AM (members of the Children‘s Liturgical Choir will sing at this Mass); November 16 and November 23.
CONFIRMATION – Grades 9-10: Class is THIS Sunday, November 9. (The Prayer Process) Class from 6-8pm.
RCIA and Adult Confirmation: If you or someone you know is interested in receiving or completing the initiatory sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Eucharist, or if you are interested in being part of a team to help prepare adults for these sacraments, please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory, or at 272-036