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This week on Thursday, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, remembering not only the death of Jesus but also His glorious resurrection. This feast day comes about half way to next Easter and reminds us of the central mystery of our faith. It is also a reminder to us that crosses come to each of our lives and challenge us to live faithfully even in the middle of sacrifice, disappointment or pain. When we walk faithfully under our own personal crosses, Jesus leads to the resurrection in our own lives too.

Many times the truth of the paschal mystery is lived out in very practical ways. A person goes through some great tragedy but then finds new joy on the other side. A person sacrifices for another person or for some good cause, and then receives the joy of giving. A parent lays down his/her life for the child and then is repaid by the child in some unexpected way. We really do reap the crop for which we invest our lives, so it's important to choose our investments faithfully.

Next weekend members of our parish will be invited to commit to the many ministries that are offered in our parish. For many, this is a matter of recommitment. For others, it might be a new opportunity. For the life and vitality of our parish, it is important that we have both experienced volunteers and new participants. In a healthy parish, ministries never become hereditary appointments but always open to rotation.

Each weekend it takes many, many men, women and young people to celebrate our liturgy in a fitting manner. As I am preparing for liturgy, it is so helpful when everyone is present on the job and ready to pray. I am always grateful that so many people are willing to express their faith simply by serving in a liturgical role.

One ministry where we could always use a few more volunteers is for Children's Liturgy of the Word. This service is very helpful to children who need a little break from Mass, and they actually do learn quite a bit about the Gospel in the few minutes they gather for a lesson.

Many members of our parish serve through the various committees and councils to help discern the voice of the Spirit working among us. Others assist in the care of our buildings and grounds. Still others are active in works of charity and justice in our community. Many are involved in Religious Education or youth ministry. It takes a great amount of generosity to commit to times and places for service.

This week I invite you to pray and ask for God's guidance on how you might share what you have to build up the Body of Christ on our acre of the earth. When our generosity is inspired and sustained by God, then it becomes redemptive as we are pulled out of ourselves for the life of the community. Please do commit to specific roles of service.

This past week we began the roll-out of our fall adult formation with spirituality and Scripture study on Wednesday and Thursday. It was great to see a positive response. This week on Sunday, Deacon Dennis will begin “The Wild Goose” series at 6 p.m. in the Gathering Space. Gae French will moderate a second group study with the DVD series "Talking with God: Lessons about Prayer" at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Room 203. Wednesday and Thursday groups will also continue.

This week we also begin our new year of faith formation for children and young people. We are very grateful to all the adults who have committed to this vital process. Putting in place all the building blocks of faith formation is intricate and essential. We want so much for our children to have a healthy and firm foundation of faith.

Even with all our efforts at faith formation in our schools, Religious Ed. programs, and youth ministry, we know that the most important parts of faith formation happen at home. By far, parents are the most significant role models of faithful living. When parents pray with their children at home and pray together at Mass, they are helping build a foundation on which their children can stand firm, no matter what they might encounter in the years ahead.

Financial Report: Last weekend we were still missing a number of members who were on final summer trips or participating at the Dakota Bowl Mass. So we were happy to find $5,569 in envelopes and $2,802 in the loose offering, with approximately $10,185 given online. We have also received $4,011 for hurricane relief. Thanks so much for your generosity.

A Stewardship Testimonial: "Even though we lost everything we worked to accumulate, we still have what is most essential."

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