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Stewardship Sunday is celebrated in preparation for the advent season and the national holiday of Thanksgiving. At the conclusion of the Liturgy the Estimate of Giving cards are collected and blessed. Each family confidentially writes down the on the card the amount they plan to give next year. This amount will form the basis of the 2013 budget.
Garden Center Visit For November
Fr. Andrew told the story of St. Aloysius. From an early age he decided on a religious life and spent his time in prayer. When he was 18, he joined the Jesuits and taught catechism to to the poor. He served in a hospital during the plague of 1587 in Milan and died from it at the age of 23. The last word he spoke was the Holy Name of Jesus.
Fr. Andrew held a quilt and said, "If you look at it too quickly you will miss all the detail that is there". It is the same for counting our blessings. The older we get, the larger our quilt, when we recognize all our blessing from God. Give thanks everyday, not just on Thanksgiving Day.
The evening ended with conversation, snacks and Janet reciting her annual turkey poem.
Children's Sermon For November
This month the Children's sermon was about Stewardship. Fr. Andrew held up a dollar bill and gave out a memory bible verse "Your heart is were your treasure is" Matt 6:21. He then related this verse to how the way we spend money tell us about who we are. If we love Jesus we will spend it on the things Jesus wants us to spend it on like helping his church, helping the homeless and poor.