Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - by yaosaigeng


									                                                           November 13, 2011 Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary

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                       Fr. Humberto Palomino, P.E.S.          The foolish and prudent virgins - The invitation of Jesus is very clear: "Therefore, stay
                      Pastor of the Church of St. Mark        awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour." (Mt 25, 13)

                              In this parable specifically Christ suggests that there is a kind of sleepiness that involves all of us. Notice that the main difference
                  between the groups of virgins is not in the fact that one group was sleeping and the other not; what makes them different is the way they
                  were prepared for the banquet, how they anticipated their waking. Some didn’t prepare for it at all. The tiredness of the activities defeated
                  them, it was too much for them, and they surrendered to sleep without thinking of what would happen later.
           On the other hand the other group knowing that the night could defeat them, found a way to have oil for the lamps, so that when they awoke they
could find something to defeat the night.
           As we see, it is a matter of awareness. Some of them where conscious of the fact that they could fall sleep and prepare themselves for any
inconvenience and the others simple let the tiredness overcome them.
           What do we do to prepare ourselves for our awakening? First it depends of what kind of sleepiness we are talking about. It is the sleep of death?
Actually that sounds very connected to the end of Ordinary time, this is what we are approaching in the liturgy of the Catholic Church as we come to the last
chapters of Matthew.
           The ones that let sleep take control of their lives are just assuming that after the reality of this world nothing else will happen.
           On the other hand save oil for the lamps, save light and even though the body will suddenly be defeated by tiredness and sleepiness, there will
always be enough light to keep them from sleeping. What light are we saving? What can defeat darkness when we are sleeping, in other words when we are
dead and the night of our lives will inevitably overshadow us?
           The first reading (Wis 6: 12) talks about " A Resplendent and unfading wisdom", a light that corresponds well to the oil of the gospel (Mt 25: 1-
13). Because even though the sleepiness of death will come to everyone, wisdom is not subjected to the empire of death. The light of wisdom will stay with
us when we listen to the voice: 'Behold, the bridegroom (Mt 25: 6) It is good to remember that this wisdom is much more than just knowledge. It is not
against knowledge, but there is more than that. This wisdom comes to those that look for it "and found by those who seek her."(Wis 6:16). It is wisdom that
helps us in the art of living.
           The message then will be: Learn to live this life in order to prepare for the life that will come after.
           I would just like to say something about the hour and the final encounter in today's parable. All the virgins were invited to the wedding, all of
them were waiting for the bridegroom. This was the proper custom of the Jewish people. To wait for the bridegroom doesn't have a joy that can be compared
to on earth. The wedding is a day of joy and happiness in the Book of the Song of Songs 3:11
If we are waiting, we are not lost in uncertainty without purpose and meaning. We are called to SHARE the joy of the coming of the bridegroom, the
coming of our Lord and Savior, in the intimacy of a banquet that is clearly anticipated in the Holy Eucharist. Christ is giving all of us the anticipation of
plenitude of joy from His Heart in the midst of His Bride, The Church.
Like In the Mass, after the Mystery of Faith, we say "Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory". Today we say
Lord, Come to our lives and help us to prepare many more hearts for your coming, Amen.

A STRONG FAMILY UNITED IN CHRIST - As one of the C.A.R.E.-a-thon co-chairs, along with Brigid Kostka and Mary Voigt, I worry.
After all, we are planning an event that involves 300 children under the age of 14. Many of whom are given tools, set loose in the neighborhood
and expected to do some quality work. It is an ambitious project; one that wouldn’t work everywhere. So why does it work at St. Mark’s?
I believe our Strong Family United in Christ is part of the answer. It isn’t just a nifty marketing tagline. People at St. Mark’s show up and take
care of each other. It’s part of what a family does. During C.A.R.E.-a-thon, volunteers directed work teams, made yard calls, hauled leaves, loaned
tools and more. Close to 60 volunteers made C.A.R.E.-a-thon happen. School parents, parishioners, alumni and members of the UST Rugby team
all worked side by side with our students. Through their example our children learned kindness, hard work and how to give generously of their
time. Other members of our Strong Family opened themselves to accept help. These amazing, generous people gave permission for a team of
students (remember, all under the age of 14) to work in their yards. By doing so, they allowed our kids to put their Catholic values to work in a way
no classroom can teach. From them, our children learned humility and the joy of helping others.
C.A.R.E.-a-thon also works because of the Holy Spirit. I’m no theologian, but I’ve been brushing up on the Holy Spirit as my oldest daughter goes
through Confirmation. And the gifts of the Holy Spirit are clearly all over C.A.R.E.-a-thon. I see the gift of understanding in how volunteers
model many wonderful attributes of a follower of Christ. I see the gift of wisdom in the faces of Episcopal Church Home residents as they visit
with our youngest markers. I see the Holy Spirit in the way things just seem to work out. How else do we always end up with enough tools,
volunteers and projects at the right place and time? And most certainly, we C.A.R.E.-a-thon co-chairs rely on the gift of fortitude to take on such
an event.
I do still worry. However, with the help of the Holy Spirit and our Strong Family United in Christ, I know it will all work out in the end. Thank
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Today’s Readings: #961- Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Ps 128; 1                              Mass Intentions for the Week
Thes 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-30.
Psalm #128 ”O happy are those who fear the Lord and walk in his         11/14              10:00 a.m.         +Patricia A. Kittleson
ways.”                                                                  11/15              10:00 a.m.          Marilyn & Steve Judd
Next Sunday: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt          11/16              10:00 a.m.         +John E. Fitzsimmons
25:31-46                                                                11/17              10:00a.m.          +Kathy Pelkey
                                                                        11/18              10:00 a.m.         +Rita Seitz
                                                                        11/19               8:00 a.m.          CCW

                                                     A CHILD’S TRUE CHRISTMAS
                           On Saturday, December 3, St. Mark’s Council of Catholic Women will sponsor a Christmas
                   program for children and their parents and grandparents to experience the true meaning of
                   Christmas and the joy of giving.
                   Meet in St. Mark’s School Cafeteria from11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. where children will have the
                   opportunity to make Christmas gifts and crafts, purchase gifts in our “Children Only Store,” create
                   Christmas cards for St. Mark’s homebound and nursing home residents, and enjoy a soup and
macaroni & cheese lunch. Lunch will be served for a donation of $1.00 with all proceeds going to the Heifer Project
International, a wonderful self-help organization.
        If you would like to help, we would appreciate items for the “Children Only Store” - small new or very gently
used items for every member of the family (especially men’s gifts.) Items may be left at the Parish Center. Also, if you
would like to help the children in making gifts and crafts, please call Kathleen Olson at 612-727-3392. This is a
wonderful way to begin the Christmas Season.

            HOLIDAY BULLETIN DEADLINES                                                              Emmaus
                        Thanksgiving                                    “Stay with us” (Luke 24:29) These words reflect the deepest
         The deadline for the November 27th bulletin                    yearning of the human heart. Like the disciples of Emmaus,
             Is Thursday, November 17 at 10am.                          after encountering Christ we cannot say anything but: Stay wit
                          Christmas                                     us! He who sees His face is simply astounded by His infinite
         The deadline for the December 25th bulletin                    beauty and finds in it the fulfillment of all his desires. Like St.
             Is Thursday, December 15 at 10am.                          Paul we consider everything as “rubbish” next to Jesus (Phil
                         New Year’s                                     3:8). We were made for divine life and we cannot expect
         The deadline for the January 1, 2012 bulletin                  anything but Christ to satisfy our longing for happiness.
           Is Wednesday, December 21st at 10am.                         Emmaus is an opportunity to have an encounter with Jesus, just
                                                                        as the disciples of Emmaus did. After this night of adoration,
                                                                        confessions, praise and worship we will not be able to say
                     Volunteer Spotlight
                                                                        anything but: Stay with us Lord! This is the first step towards
When the C.A.R.E.-a-thon team needed additional help hauling            having Perpetual Adoration at St. Mark’s. On every 3rd Friday
leaves, one of the people who came to the rescue was alumni,            of the month starting on November 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. we
parishioner and business owner, John Gleason. Teaming with              will come together as a family to worship the one true God,
UST Rugby player, Drake Sprinkman, John covered territory south         Jesus Christ truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the
of Marshall Avenue, collecting leaf bags as fast as Care teams filled   Altar!
them. John is also a familiar face during set-up for the Annual
Parish Festival. Of C.A.R.E.-a-thon he said “I was glad to help,
and if I’m here, you can count on me next year!” As a member of                Coffee and Donuts will be served
the Army, John fuels and repairs black hawk helicopters, and could       after all the Sunday Masses in Carolyn Hall.
potentially be deployed to Afghanistan this summer. If you’re                     Your hosts this week are our
looking for year-round help taking care of your commercial or                          St. Mark’s Ushers.
residential property, please give John a call at 651-307-6127.
   *For snow removal or snow plowing, sidewalk shoveling or ice-                       Festival Choir: Advent and Christmas
salting contact John at Minutemen Snow Plowing, or Ross Robey                     Festival Choir is the expanded seasonal choir open to singers
at 651-253-2711.                                                        high school age and older. Rehearsals are generally held on Thursday
   *For fall or spring yard clean ups, weekly lawn care, tree           nights at 7PM in the Church. Rehearsals for Advent and Christmas
trimming and removal, or any other landscaping need, call John at       begin on Thursday, November 10. New and returning singers are
                                                                        warmly invited to participate.         Please      contact       Cindy
Gleason Landscaping.
                                                                        Holupchinski at 645-5717 for more detailed information.

                                                          MEN OF ST. MARK’S
Please consider joining a group of St. Mark’s men for a pre-Christmas retreat at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Prior Lake. This year’s
retreat will be from Friday evening, December 9 through Sunday morning, December 11. It will be led by Archbishop Harry Flynn. Here is
a link for information: or contact Don Kieffer at 651-647-9937 or Pat Sweeney at 651
-645-5142 for an enthusiastic invitation to join us.
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  FAITH FORMATION             The second presentation in the St. Paul Catholic Speaker Series is Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00
                      p.m. here at St. Mark’s in the Lower Church. Fr. John Paul Erickson will present, “And With Your Spirit:
The History and Theology of the New Translation of the Roman Missal.” A $5 donation is suggested. Refreshments will be served
afterwards in Carolyn Hall.
Revised Roman Missal: This weekend we will continue showing the DVD from the United States Council of Catholic Bishops
called, Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ after all the Masses.
Youth Group News
Middle School Youth Group meets today, November 13 at 2pm in the Parish Center.
High School Youth Group meets Sunday, November 20 at 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. Snacks, talk and game! Bring a
The Trip to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is being rescheduled for Spring, so as to include better outdoor activities.
It will no longer be on December 3rd.

            St. Paul Deanery Council of Catholic Women                                     UPCOMING EVENTS
                       Second Quarterly Meeting
          Will be held on Thursday, November 17th at the Church of       Coffee & Donuts                           November 13
St. John the Evangelist, 380 Little Canada Road, Little Canada, MN.
Registration and coffee from 8am to 8:45am. Business meeting,
                                                                         Finance Committee                         November 15
program, Mass at noon, followed by lunch. The speaker will be Fr.        Fr. John Paul Erickson presentation       November 15
John Paul Erickson who will address the subject of the current changes   RCIA                                      November 16
in the Mass.                                                             Turkey Bingo                              November 18
          Phone reservation must be made by Noon on Friday,
November 11th to Nancy at 651-644-2260. St. Mark’s CCW will cover
the $12 cost for all St. Mark’s Women attending. Please notify Nancy
if you must cancel as we must pay for no shows.                              FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP - SUNDAY GIVING

                                                                                                          Last            Fiscal
                                                                                                          Sunday          to Date

 Michael and Amelia Rockwood and their daughter, Fiona                   Stewardship Offering           $12,866.50     $175,104.37
     John and Jennifer McKeown and their children                        Budgeted Stewardship
              Connell, Vivian, and Fintan                                  Offering                       $11,800.00 $221,700.00
                                                                         Excess (Deficit)                (+$1,066.50) (-$46,595.63)
                 QUESTION AND ANSWER
                                                                         We ask you to prayerfully think about all the ways this
Q. Is it too late to turn in the Pledge Sunday sheets? We
                                                                         parish praises God and serves the people around us. Please
missed mass that weekend.                                                consider all that we have here at St. Mark’s and how we
A. Please turn in your individual or family pledge sheets                need to keep making strides toward sustainability. If you
to the Parish Center. If you did not receive one, you can                have already sent in your pledge, we thank you. If you have
pick one up in the back of Church. Our parish’s future                   not yet sent in your pledge card, please think what St.
success relies on everyone’s giving and support.                         Mark’s means to you and our future generations.
                                                                                 We are very grateful for a special gift of $5,000 to
                                                                         make improvements to the Daily Mass Chapel.
                              TURKEY BINGO

                           Friday, November 18                           Cretin Derham Hall’s Invisible Children Club is
                                                                         showing Tony on Tuesday, November 15 at 7PM. This
                            St. Mark’s Cafeteria                         will take place at CDH in the Commons. The film, Tony,
                          Doors open at 6:30 p.m.                        is about raising awareness about the use of child soldiers
                          with Bingo at 7:00 p.m.                        in Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in
                                                                         central Africa. There will be opportunities to support the
                                                                         effort of stopping Joseph Kony’s success, such as funding
                                                                         for radio towers that warn people when the LRA is near or
We would appreciate it if any of you would be                            children rehab centers. All are welcome to attend this free
 willing to donate Turkey, Pies and Squash.                              event.
                                                                         Thank you so much, Jordyn Meskan, St. Mark’s
 Any donors can email Steven Lendway at                                  Parishioner
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Parish Staff:
Father Humberto Palomino, P.E.S.            Pastor
Father Carlos Farfan, P.E.S.                Associate Pastor
Judy Miske                                   Pastoral Care Coordinator
Patricia Hartshorn                           Liturgy Coordinator
Keely Wojda                                  Director of Religious Education
Cindy Holupchinski                           Director of Music
Sharon Suess                                 Parish Administrator
Molly Whinnery                                School Principal
Parish Center                    651-645-5717
Fax No. 651-644-0011
Katie Pennig, Secretary
LuAnn Hanrahan, Secretary
Parish Center Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday                         8:00a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday                                8:00a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturday                                             CLOSED
Sunday                                            8:45a.m.-12:30p.m.
Parish Pastoral Council:
Craig Anderson                                            290-0335
Faith Carlson                                             324-1883
Don Kieffer                                               647-9937
Steve Magnuson                                            776-8195
John Mayhew                                               649-1505
Glenn Norstrem                                            647-0285
Manny Palomo                                              646-3564
Faith Pawl                                            952-681-0556
Robert Tibesar                                            403-0240
St. Mark’s School                    651-644-3380
Barb Sonntag, Secretary/Notary Public
Cherry Lundgren, Secretary
Child Care Center                     651-644-5030
Cassie Schwingle, Director
School Advisory Committee:
Marybeth Casement, Chairperson                              645-0297

                       St. Mark’s 7th Grade Chore Group
                   St. Mark’s 7th Grade Chore Group workers
                   are anxious for opportunities to start earning
                   money for their trip to Washington, D.C. in
                   the Fall of 2012. Get one of those 7th
                   graders to do light housework/cleaning,
                   babysit, walk the dog., rake leaves, and yes,
eventually shovel snow!!
Please contact Cynthia Eicher at 651-260-5478 or Gina Labey at
651-717-8830 to get a student lined up for the work you need
done. The minimum hourly wage is $7/hr.

     Council of Catholic Women Meeting & Luncheon
         Everyone is invited to our next meeting of the St.
Mark’s Council of Catholic Women. A short business meeting
will be held on Saturday, November 19th, at 10:00 a.m., in
Carolyn Hall followed by a presentation by author Patrick
Mader. Mr. Mader has written several children’s books on
family life on a Midwest farm. His presentation “From Seed to
Harvest” will be followed by lunch. Child care will be provided
upon request.
          Please call Vickie at 644-7724 by Thursday,
November 17th. We hope to see you there.
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                   Schedule of Celebrations
Saturday Evening Mass:
          Upper Church, 5:00 p.m.
        (Sign Language Interpretation at this mass)
Sunday Masses:                      Upper Church 9:00 a.m.
                                    Upper Church 11:00 a.m.
Weekday Masses*
Monday through Friday                   Side Chapel 10:00 a.m.
Also, Tuesday and Thursday             Side Chapel       5:15 p.m.
Saturday                                Side Chapel     8:00 a.m.
   *(Side Chapel is located at N.E. Corner of church)
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Fridays, 10:30 a.m..-8:00 p.m. in the
Daily Mass Chapel - Confessions from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday Confessions:            3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
For Baptisms: Call the Parish Center to arrange.
Baptism Enrichment Night: Please call Sharon at the Parish Center.
For Weddings: The bride or groom, or their parents must be a registered
Parishioner of St. Mark’s. Wedding arrangements must be made at least 6
months in advance with Fr. Palomino.
Rosary:          6:45 p.m. Monday, May through October
                 except Holidays) and daily after 10:00 a.m.
Mass (except School and Funeral Masses)
Prayer Chain:     For prayer requests, call the Parish Center
                     at 645-5717

     Thank you to all for making C.A.R.E.-a-thon 2011 a success!
Below is a quick recap of fundraising results:
*$33,014.81 overall was raised.
*86% of K-8 students participated in the fundraising.
*Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grades had 100% participation.
*7th grade phone-a-thon callers raised $1,755 in 2 hours - watch out
*Enterprising grade-schoolers held bake sales outside of school and at a
UST football game.
*Alumni and parishioners donated approximately $2,500.
*Alumni John Kern (Kern Lawn Service) and John Gleason (Gleason
Landscaping & Minutemen Snow Plowing) donated leaf hauling.
*While we did not achieve the overall goal of raising $36,000, we raised
more money per student than last year.

                Justice and Peace Committee News
The weekend of November 19 and 20, we will be taking a special
collection. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development began
in this Archdiocese more than 40 years ago. It is supported by the
US Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is a nationwide program
that awards funds to groups that are working hard to bring people
out of poverty. I am on the advisory board for local allocation of
those funds. Along with Cheryl Peterson and Kathy Tomlin, eight
lay people from across the Archdiocese visit sites and help the
Archbishop decide the most deserving organizations. We are
allowed to keep 25% of the money collected to do this, and the rest
is sent to the National level. So, please come prepared to give what
you can. There will be more information as well as envelopes in
the pews. Thank you for your consideration for this Just cause.
Gratefully, JoAnn Mason and the Justice and Peace Committee.

               Prayer Shawl Knitting Ministry
                 We will be meeting again on
               November 16 and December 14
             from 1-3 p.m. in the Parish Center.

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