Buried Treasures

Dear Parishioners,

We all have different gifts. Some are blessed with athletic or musical talents, some are blessed with financial acuity, some are blessed with affability, and some are blessed with the ability to grow facial hair, particularly mustaches (myself). Whatever your gifts are, they are given to you by God and need to be put into action. That is one lesson from the parable this Sunday about the talents (cf. Matt 25:14-30).

The man given only one talent who fails to invest it but instead buries it in the ground until the master comes for the accounting, is scolded. He not only has the talent taken away (and it is given to the servant who was originally given five talents and then made five more), but he is thrown out into the darkness. This isn't about the master being harsh. It is about the servant wasting the opportunity.

Sure, it was only one talent and the master is demanding, but I bet the master would not have been as upset if the servant made an attempt at doubling his talent and lost it. The master knew what he was getting into when he gave the servants the talents. “To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—to each according to his ability” (emphasis mine).

Even the least dynamic of us has some talent. Again, it might be as simple as being a warm, affable person. We might not be the smartest or the best looking, but we have something. God doesn't deprive anyone of a gift. What is your "talent" and how can you put it to use for the glory of God?

This Sunday morning during the 9:30am Mass is Sunday School for Preschool and Kindergarten age children in the Ahearn Center. That afternoon also in the gym is the Mother-Son Dodgeball tournament. Tomorrow, Monday the 20th at 10:30am in the Church I will celebrate the Grandparents Mass.

The Boy Scouts are away this weekend on their camp out at Camp Betz near Michigan City. I was fortunate to join the Scouts for Mass last year on their November camp out, which was a great time. Thanks again to the Scouts for all they do for the parish. Their latest project was planting the area outside the ministry center.

This weekend is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection. Information about this collection, along with envelopes and prayer cards, can be found in the back of the church.

The Parish Pastoral Council will meet tomorrow, Monday, at 7pm. The The Sunday, School, and Service commissions of the PPC are hard at work to help our parish experience Jesus.

Happy Thanksgiving! Our Thanksgiving Day Mass on Thursday will be at 8am in the church. You are welcome to bring to the Mass loaves of bread to be blessed. Best to those participating in the Edison Park Turkey Trot, welcome home to our college students, safe travels, and blessings to your family on this great American holiday!

While we are on the subject of giving thanks, I want to thank everyone who has provided

dinner at the rectory

for the priests. Not only have you fed us well, you have saved the parish over $5,000! We are still in need of people to sign up (visit takethemameal.com). Fr. Laurent, Fr. Roger, and I are incredibly grateful.

Yours in Christ,
Father James

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