Rabbi Paul Kipnes has an interesting post I want to share with you.  It is titled “Two by Two: A Pair of 10 Lessons from Noah’s Ark” and is compiled from anonymous people and posts on the Internet.  Just because these lessons are of a humorous tone, doesn’t mean they aren’t profundities worth pondering.

NOAH’S ARK TEACHES US:

Don’t miss the boat.

Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, God may ask you to do something really big.

Always live a righteous life. Even if you are the only one; it will be noticed.

Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

When the doo-doo gets really deep, don’t sit there and complain — shovel!

Build your future on high ground.

For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.

If you have to start over, it’s good to have a friend by your side.

Listen to what God tells you. Your life might depend on it.

Two heads are better than one.

Take care of your animals as if they were the last ones on earth.

Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

When you’re stressed, float a while.

Finish what you start.

Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

Don’t forget that we’re all in the same boat.

No matter how bleak it looks, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

When God has brought you safely through the storm, don’t forget to praise and thank God.

 

What lessons have you learned, and are you still learning, during this Pandemic?  I am curious to know.  Feel free to share in the comments on our Facebook page any wisdom and insights you have realized.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

DEACON JAY is thrilled to be back home again since a Monday.  Praise and thank God from whom all blessings flow!  May he be filled with patience and peace in – God willing – a smooth and successful recovery.

BLOOD DRIVE: The Knights of Columbus and Saint Francis de Sales Parish are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, October 29 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm in the Knights of Columbus Hall/Parish Center.  You may schedule an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 800 733-2767. Donate and enter for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

GIVING TREE PROJECT  – This year the Parish will again sponsor local middle school students to help brighten their Christmas Season.  In keeping the health and safety of others in mind, this year we are asking for only donations of money or gift cards.   Letters have been mailed to all Parishioners and donations are now being accepted and will do so through December 4.  Donations can be mailed (626 S. Oakwood Avenue),  dropped off at the Parish office, or placed in the collection basket at any Mass. On behalf of the children, we thank you in advance for the wonderful and generous donations to the 2020 Season!

A PARISHIONER WANTS  WORK as a HOUSEKEEPER to help pay for schooling.  Please call Mayra Castro at: (681) 220-3269.

 

MASS SCHEDULE and INTENTIONS:

Wed 14 – 8:30 am
Dr. Ilignio Salon by the family (school only)

Thu. 15 – 10am
Mariano & Grace Massinople (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)

Frid 16 – 8:30 am
Kenneth Myers by Emily M. (school only)

SAT.  17
Olga Mastalski by Wanda Severino  (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)

SUN. 18
People of the Parish by Father Paul (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)

Margaret/Harry Houck by Jereza fam. (OPEN with PROTOCOLS)

 

WISDOM STORY from my spiritual reading:

After the flood, Noah opened the ark and looked out. He saw the earth desolate, forests and gardens uprooted, corpses visible everywhere. There was no grass, no vegetation; the world was a wasteland. In pain and dismay, he cried out to God: “Sovereign of all creation, in six days You made the earth and all that grows in it: it was like a garden, like a table prepared for a feast; now You Yourself have brought the work of Your hands to nought, uprooting all that You planted, tearing down all that You built. Why did You not show compassion for Your creatures?”

God then replied: “O faithless shepherd! Now, after the destruction, You come to Me and complain. But when I said to you: Make an ark for yourself, for I am going to flood the earth to destroy all flesh, you did not plead for your neighbors! How differently Abraham will act; he will pray on behalf of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. And Moses, when his people anger Me with their calf of gold, will offer his life for them. But you— when you saw that judgment was about to strike the world— you thought only of yourself and your household, while all else perished by fire and water!”

Then Noah understood that he had sinned.

– Midrash (collection of Jewish Biblical Commentary)

 

SCRIPTURE SELECTIONS:

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.

– Genesis 6:8-9

 

This is like the days of Noah to me:

Just as I swore that the waters of Noah

would never again go over the earth,

so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you

and will not rebuke you.

For the mountains may depart

and the hills be removed,

but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,

and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,

says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

– Isaiah 54:8-10

 

THIS WEEK’S POEM:   Beginners by Denise Levertov

Dedicated to the memory of Karen Silkwood and Eliot Gralla

“From too much love of living,
Hope and desire set free,
Even the weariest river
Winds somewhere to the sea–“

But we have only begun

To love the earth.

We have only begun

To imagine the fullness of life.

How could we tire of hope?

— so much is in bud.

How can desire fail?

— we have only begun

to imagine justice and mercy,

only begun to envision

how it might be

to live as siblings with beast and flower,

not as oppressors.

Surely our river

cannot already be hastening

into the sea of nonbeing?

Surely it cannot

drag, in the silt,

all that is innocent?

Not yet, not yet–

there is too much broken

that must be mended,

too much hurt we have done to each other

that cannot yet be forgiven.

We have only begun to know

the power that is in us if we would join

our solitudes in the communion of struggle.

So much is unfolding that must

complete its gesture,

so much is in bud.

— from Candles in Babylon, by Denise Levertov

 

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER:

May the time not be distant, O God,

when Your name shall be worshipped in all the earth,

when unbelief shall disappear and error be no more.

 

Fervently we pray that the day may come

when all shall turn to You in love,

when corruption and evil shall give way to integrity and goodness,

when superstition shall no longer enslave the mind,

nor idolatry blind the eye,

when all who dwell on earth shall know that You alone are God.

 

O may all, created in Your image,

become one in spirit and one in friendship, for ever united in Your service.

Then shall Your kingdom be established on earth,

and the word of Your prophet fulfilled:

“The Eternal God will reign for ever and ever.”

 

Let the glory of God be extolled,

let God’s great name be hallowed in the world whose creation God willed.

Let the name of the Holy One, the Blessed One,

be glorified, exalted, and honored,

though God is beyond all praises, songs, and adorations that we can utter.

Amen

 

FOR FUN:

Q. Where did Noah put the penguins on the ark?

A.     In the arctic section.

 

Q. Where did Noah put the bees on the ark?

A.      In the ark-hives

 

Q. What did Noah say when he finished loading all the animals?

A.     “Now I’ve herd everything.”

 

As the animals left the ark, Noah told them to go forth and multiply. After some time, Noah came upon two snakes who were just lying there sunning themselves…

So Noah asked them,” Why aren’t you multiplying?” The snakes replied, “We can’t, we’re adders.”

 

I think Noah might be the craziest of Biblical figures; hearing God, building an ark, gathering animals, big flood.  The whole thing sounds delugional.