12 October 2009
Time to Refuel
It seems as though with the advent of October, the semester is in full force! The cold weather has come, and with it- exams and heavy homework. Villagers are busier than ever this month, with loads of schoolwork, fall sports, and the excitement of school plays and homecoming dances. Sometimes we can become so consumed with anxiety and busyness, that we think we'll get ahead if we skip regular prayer time, Village meetings, or even Sunday Mass! The frustrating thing is, when we stop nourishing our bodies with spiritual food, we start running low on energy and joy.
When we make time for Jesus, or better yet- when we surrender all of our time to Jesus, He will take care of everything else. Jesus calls to each of us in our busyness:
"If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?' or 'What are we to drink?' or 'What are we to wear?' All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil." (Gospel of Matthew 6:30-34)
This Sunday, you're all invited to come and take a load off. Jesus said, "Come to me all you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest" (Gospel of Matthew 11:28). God knows that we need rest from all of our activities, and He comes to each of us in the Eucharist to nourish us and give us strength to go on! As the Catechism says, “the church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love.” [Catechism of the Catholic Church #1380]
Come this Sunday for our monthly time of Eucharistic Adoration, and some real discussion on Whole Life Worship!
You are in my prayers,
The Village News
Next Sunday 10/18: Whole Life Worship
Join us this Sunday from 5-6:30pm for our monthly night of Eucharistic Adoration! “The church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love.” [Catechism of the Catholic Church #1380] This Sunday we’ll be discussing Whole Life Worship! When we experience times of worship as being boring, it’s because we just don’t understand what we’re doing. We were made to worship, and when we do we are fulfilling God’s highest vocation for man! Transform your experience of worship from just singing to just living for Him.
This Thursday: Dead Theologians Society
Join us this Thursday from 7-8pm for our (now) regular DTS meeting! We will gather in Beth’s Office for snacks and social time starting at 6:30, move to the Church Choir Loft at 7pm, and have more snacks and social time from 8 to 8:30pm. If things are busy, feel free to skip social time. DTS is an opportunity for you to encounter the Saints and receive the graces you need to become a Saint yourself!
Saturday's Service Day Recap
On the morn of October the 10th, 2009 Anno Domini, eight lonely sojourners set out on the ultimate journey. Vitalized by the 9 o’clock morning Mass, we set out to spread the word of a great ministry, The Pregnancy Help Center. Giving out more than 299 pamphlets to area residents, we entreated them to assist with physical or monetary donations to be collected next month! We then traversed to the aforesaid Pregnancy Help Center to witness firsthand the destination of next month’s collections. After the enlightening journey, we famished travelers returned to St Thomas the Apostle Parish for vittles; pizza, cheesy doodles, and an eclectic collection of beverages to celebrate our hard work! Join us next month, Saturday, 11/14, as we amass the munificent donations and transport them to the Pregnancy Help Center.
More about The Village:
Our mission is to prepare each of us for our encounter with the Risen Christ, especially in the Blessed Sacrament. Some of us may have doubts like our patron St Thomas did. Others have already joined St Thomas in those words of faith, "My Lord and My God!” Like St Thomas, we are asking real questions, having real dialogue, and developing real faith. The Village meets on Sunday nights from 5-6:30pm, in addition to having socials and service days. The highlight over and above all of these activities will be our Fall Retreat! Check us out online at www.findthevillage.com for more info.