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Turkey Bingo has become a valued tradition in our parish that attracts die-hard Bingo fans along with those who simply like to socialize with other parishioners. This is another parish event where all are welcome.

In addition to Bingo, this event also includes a silent auction.

Members of our parish and several merchants have donated some really attractive items. This year, we have fewer items, some of the perennial favorites, some homemade, some artistic, and some group activities. The items represent the generosity of those who donated and we hope several bidders for each item will make the event interesting and profitable for our parish.

Income from Turkey Bingo will be distributed to our Youth Ministry account, to our Parish Food and Diaper Pantry, and to debt reduction. Mostly, we want this to be a fun event where people can gather, laugh together, and go home knowing they are part of a great community.

On Tuesday this week, the Church will remember St. Josephat, Bishop and Martyr. Josephat's story is very interesting and inspiring, and quite revealing of the life of the Church.

Until 1054, there was basically one Church, spread across much of the known world of that time. The Church developed a bit differently from place to place because of cultural accommodations. Even though there were local differences and occasional squabbles, the many local churches stayed in union with the Holy Father in Rome.

In 1054, the unity of the Church broke down when the Holy Father and the Patriarch of Constantinople came into conflict and mutually excommunicated each other. From that time on, we can speak of the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Church with its many different branches. The many bishops of the West looked to the Pope as their center of authority and unity. The many bishops of the East looked to the Patriarch of Constantinople.

Basically, this division has persisted down to the present day, despite many efforts to overcome the division. The Orthodox Church of the East and the Roman Catholic Church of the West celebrate the same sacraments, but we are not in union.

Over time, many of those who separated from the Orthodox desired to return to union with the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. Through patient negotiation, many local branches of these churches did regain unity with Rome. They kept many of their local customs and manner of celebrating the liturgy. So on the ground, they looked different from the Latin Rite with which we are so familiar but became fully in union.

Among these groups that returned to unity with the Holy Father, there are many branches of the Roman Catholic Church. We are not familiar with them because few are living in this area of the United States. There are many of them found in the Mideast and in Eastern Europe. In areas of the United States where these groups settled, we still find many of these branches of the Church, such as the Maronites or Melkites.

Some customs include using leavened bread for Communion, allowing married priests, extensive veneration of icons, and liturgies that would not be familiar to most of us. And still, these branches of Catholicism are fully in communion with the Pope and with us.

To return to St. Josephat, he died a martyr for his efforts to bring about more unity among the different branches. Feelings about religion often run on the hot side!

Financial Report: We are happy to report that our parish ended the month of October on the right side of the budget ledger. Last weekend we found $7,365 in the offertory collection.

In a sort of preliminary way, the changeover to our new online giving platform has been going well. We have received a number of new participants. If there is anyone who needs some help making the change, I know that Anne in our Parish Office would be glad to help.

One of the perennial issues that all pastors face is the financial stability of our parishes. And of course, we depend on the generous response of parish members to achieve this goal. Since I have been at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, I have been very grateful to the many members who contribute regularly and generously, not only to our ordinary income but also for special needs, such as our Parish Food and Diaper Pantry, debt reduction, building fund or diocesan and national collections.

This is kind of an anxious time in the life of many churches as fewer people join parishes or become involved in the life of traditional churches. We are very blessed at our parish when people dig deep to express their faith and move forward in hope.

A Stewardship Testimonial: "The month of November always reminds me to count my blessings. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays."

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