Sunday, September 6, 2020

Fraternity Correction: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.


23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


·      God

o   Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us.  For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.”

·      Neighbor

o   Love your neighbor as yourself

Love of being a watcher, a true friend, spouse, parents

·      Fraternity of Correction or Maternity of Correction

·      Not to judge, but to communicate, trust, and challenge each other

·      Sweatshirt in seminary

How do we use true love that may be challenging a family member, friend?

·      If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.   If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.  If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector

Process with true love which is not always what we “feel” for love

·      But if you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself.”

 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”


Parish Bulletin Article: "2020-2021 School Year Beginning, Buckle Up!"

 Welcome to our 2020-2021 St. Thomas Aquinas School Saints team!

•          PrincipalJerry Hilfer: thank you, sir, for coming out of retirement to work in the School in which you grew in and offer us another third year!  So blessed with your expertise!

•          Office ManagerHeather McBride: your presence is terrific with your gentleness, joyfulness, and working so well with our children, parents, and families.  As you are the first person in person or on the phone for our School, great work!

•          PreschoolBrittany Lemieux: What a fantastic opportunity within two weeks for School to join our family!  We are so grateful for another great member of our team.  We are excited about your new experiences with our little ones.  Congrats, and welcome back to God’s Country!

•          KindergartenMarnie Kostiuk: your faith, excitement, and energy are pretty cool to watch teaching closely with our belief in a Catholic/Christian school.  You, too, have now given several years teaching at STA Saints, and you undoubtedly bring new energy with gratitude.

•          1st/2nd GradesJane Pierce: Praise God for your many years, continuing to educate in the “old school” into new opportunities.  Your peacefulness and great music set the class with more calmness, even when our kiddos are full of energy (and praise God with their energy!). 

•          3rd/4th GradesJoan Ecklund: As our most extended and experienced teacher for many years, continue to share your experiences.  Sometimes we do not need to build a new wheel when she has already “been there, done that,” which didn’t work.  Thanks for your many expertise to support we young pups 

•          5th/6th GradesSydney Raboin: And, congratulations to you, and an honor to help you with your first teaching position!  I am so blessed as you enter a different, new, and challenging year.  Your kindness and toughness from bias from me are running perspective in life.  Keep rollin!

•          MusicKathy Tompkins: What another new employee to share the beauty of music—a possible choir, band, and chanting.  We thank you for continuing to show these fantastic gifts, especially when it may be tough to sing loud or play instruments, which we know that you will find ways to teach well!

•          ArtMary Martha Watters: I have mentioned this to you and others, that I am big time into logic in my brain, less with noticing beauty.  Last year I walked in, caught the art from our students, and thought to myself, “My goodness…that IS art!” When I notice art like that, it may only make my day.  Great to have you again!

•          Teacher AidShay Spry: another new employee to our team, and we are blessed for your entry to support our teachers, work with our students, and continue to work with our goals, beliefs, and opportunities.  Welcome on the train!

Finally, here is the prayer that I will be offering for our employees and those working in other schools (public and home schools) this weekend:

Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe.  In times long past you sent us your prophets to teach your laws and to bear witness to your undying love.  You sent us your Son to teach us by word and example that true wisdom comes from you alone.  Send your Spirit upon these students and their teachers and fill them with your wisdom and blessings.  Grant that during this academic year they may devote themselves to their studies and share what they have learned from others.  Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Buckle up for 2020-2021!

God Bless!