We must not view God’s gifts to us in a materialistic way, as though God’s grace is something finite which cannot be freely dispensed to all. St Augustine once pointed out that whereas material things diminish when they are shared - if I share my food there is less for me - this is not true in the case of spiritual goods. If I love my neighbour and can rejoice in his good fortune, I do not lessen the charity within me, but, in fact, only increase it.
The Christian response to the good fortune of others is not to feel aggrieved and resentful, but to rejoice and be glad with them as members of the one body of Christ, knowing that in so doing we are not being deprived of anything ourselves, but rather opening ourselves to receive an even greater abundance of spiritual gifts.
O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and soul because You are all good and worthy of all my love. Help me love my neighbour as myself for the love of You. Help me forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.
Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $542; Loose $99.20; Candles & Books $32; Renovations $55; Donations $530
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $530; Loose $22.25
Country Time Show: This Sunday, September 21st at 7:00pm. Come out and enjoy the show! Admission is only $6. Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country featuring: Brooklyn Blackmore, Audrey Murray, Bev Cheverie, Bob Miller, Doug Clooney, Allister McDonald.
Growing in Faith and the Call to Holiness: Br. Nathanael will be leading a prayer community. This will be open to all and will start September 30th at 7:00pm in the boardroom of the church. Please seriously discern this call to holiness and journey together, deepening our Love for God and our neighbour. If you have any questions, please see Br. Nathanael.
Bingo Equipment: The Pastoral Council has decided this will be the last call for anyone interested in starting and running a Bingo for St. Anthony’s fundraising, with our equipment. Our final decision will be voted on at our next Council meeting in October. If you have any interest or know of a group interested in starting and running a Bingo at St. Anthony's, please bring this to the attention of a member of the Pastoral Council.
Lottery Tickets: The Fall Lottery tickets are available this weekend. The first prize is a beautiful quilt and second prize is a signed picture of Nathan MacKinnon. There are 5 prizes all together. Please see Gordon at the main entrance of the church after Mass to buy your tickets or get books of tickets to sell.
Flea Market: Our next flea market is on the weekend of November 1st & 2nd. We are now accepting donations, please call Gordon at 902-469-5698.
Parish Ministries: There is a list of ministries at the back of the church that are in place now and starting up new. Please discern and sign up for one that interests you and be a great part of our parish family where the need is greatest.
St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for September is canned milk. The donation box is located near the entrance. Thank you!
Recyclables: Please continue to bring your bottles which can be recycled. All proceeds go towards our Outreach Program ~ see Rupert Lewis. Thank you!