February 12, 2017
Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.
— Leviticus 19:2b
Today is announcement weekend for the 2017 Joliet Diocese Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal and next weekend (February 25/26) will be pledge weekend. I want to thank you for your tremendous response to last year’s Appeal. Your generosity surpassed our parish goal and we received a rebate of over $10,000 that has gone back to our general fund. As you consider a gift to this year’s Appeal, we remember that we are held in God’s hands. We are reminded today in our first reading from Isaiah that the Lord will NEVER forget us. In Matthew’s Gospel today, Jesus exhorts us to trust in God – that God will provide. That is the key to being the good stewards that Paul speaks of in our second reading. Trust that we are always held in God’s Hands!
St. Thomas the Apostle Church is one of 120 parishes that make up the Diocese of Joliet comprising the counties of DuPage, Will, Kendall, Grundy, Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford. As you can see, our Diocese is quite diverse – from Chicago suburbs to farmland. Our Diocese extends almost to the University of Illinois! Each and every one of us is a part of the Diocese of Joliet. The Diocese of Joliet does many things that an individual parish cannot do alone. Without your support, the diocese cannot provide services that benefit ALL the parishes of our Diocese. Some of the services St. Thomas benefits from include the guidance, support, and training that our Directors of Faith Formation, Patti, Peggy, Chari and Brett receive. The Diocese provides priests and deacons to serve our parish. There are 54 Catholic elementary/high schools (including our All Saints Catholic Academy) that receive oversight and direction from the Catholic Schools Office. The diocese makes available employee insurance, property insurance, and other items at a lower cost than an individual parish could afford. The diocese, through Catholic Charities and other agencies, provided over 122,000 nights of shelter for the homeless. In all, over 600,836 Catholics in our Diocese are in some way served through the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal.
Our parish goal for 2017 is $163,867. Please help us once again surpass our goal with a pledge or gift next weekend.
First Reading — Take no revenge and cherish no grudge; love your neighbor as yourself. (Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18).
Psalm — The Lord is kind and merciful (Psalm 103).
Second Reading — You are the temple of God, and holy (1 Corinthians 3:16-23).
Gospel — Offer no resistance; love your enemies (Matthew 5:38-48).
Readings for the Week
Mon: Sir 1:1-10; Ps 93:1-2, 5; Mk 9:14-29
Tues: Sir 2:1-11; Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40; Mk 9:30-37
Wed: 1 Pt 5:1-4; Ps 23:1-3a, 4-6; Mt 16:13-19
Thurs: Sir 5:1-8; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Mk 9:41-50
Fri: Sir 6:5-17; Ps 119:12, 16, 18, 27, 34, 35; Mk 10:1-12
Sat: Sir 17:1-15; Ps 103:13-18; Mk 10:13-16
Sun: Is 49:14-15; Ps 62:2-3, 6-9; 1 Cor 4:1-5; Mt 6:24-34