Albert of Cologne, was a German Catholic Dominican friar and bishop. Later canonized as a Catholic saint, he was known during his lifetime as Doctor Universalis and Doctor Expertus and, late in his life, the sobriquet Magnus [the Great] was appended to his name. . . Albert was a scientist, philosopher, astrologer, theologian, spiritual writer, ecumenist, and diplomat. . . Albert’s writings collected in 1899 went to thirty-eight volumes. These displayed his prolific habits and encyclopedic knowledge of topics such as logic, theology, botany, geography, astronomy, astrology, mineralogy, alchemy, zoology, physiology, phrenology, justice, law, friendship, and love.” He died on this date in 1280. His body is entombed in the crypt at St. Andrew’s Church in Cologne, Germany. On a bronze plaque next to the saint’s sarcophagus is a phrase that sums up so well what we Christians believe about death. It simply reads, “In 1280 he migrated to heaven.”
As we come the end of the Church’s Year, Matthew’s gospel reminds us that another certainty is judgment. Last Sunday, we heard a story about ten bridesmaids — five who were wise and five who were foolish. The ones who were not prepared when the groom came were locked out. Next Sunday we will read the parable of the Last Judgment, when people will be separated, the good from the bad.
Each of us has been gifted by God. Today’s gospel challenges us to ask ourselves, “What are we doing with our gifts and talents?” 15th Century mystic, Thomas a Kempis, puts it so well: “On the Day of Judgment we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done; not how well we have spoken, but how well we have lived.”
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION is scheduled to be celebrated at a special Mass on Saturday, November 21 @ 11am. This Mass will be CLOSED to the public, but live streamed on Facebook. Please keep our First Communicants and their families in your prayers.
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!
COMING SOON – Thanksgiving Day Mass will be at 10am, and will be open with protocols as well as live streamed on Facebook.
GIVING TUESDAY is right around the corner on December 1st. It is a day in which people are invited to open their hearts and give to charity with intention. Our website will have more information in the near future on how you can help our parish.
MASS SCHEDULE and INTENTIONS:
Mary Galasso by Elissa Lindsay (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)
People of the Parish by Fr. Paul (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)
Helen & Dario Pitotti by L. Wallen (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)
Mon 16 – 10am
Ramon & Amparo Jerezas (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)
Tue. 17 – 10am
Joseph Kosko by Mike (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)
Wed 18 – 8:30
Juanita Pfeiffer by Jacqui Lee (school only)
Thu. 19 – 10am
Elizabeth Interdonato by Sam (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)
Fri. 20 – 8:30
Connie Williams by Colossi fam. (school only)
Parishioners and Poor Souls (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)
Steve Moscarito by family (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)
Mary & Jerry Raimo by Jerezas (OPEN & PROTOCOLS)
SCRIPTURES from the BOOK of REVELATION:
And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God’s creation: ‘I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.’
— Revelation 3:14-16
Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.
— Revelation 3:20
And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
— Revelation 21:5-7
QUOTABLE QUOTES from a GREAT SAINT ALBERT:
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. Any to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: their eyes are closed.
So you should never dare to think or imagine anything before the Lord your God that you would blush to be heard or seen in before men, since your respect for God should be even greater than for them.
So commit yourself confidently and without hesitation, all that you are, and everything else, individually and in general, to the unfailing and totally reliable providence of God, in silence and in peace, and he will fight for you. God will liberate you and comfort you more fully, more effectively and more satisfactorily than if you were to dream about it all the time, day and night, and were to cast around frantically all over the place with the futile and confused thoughts of your mind in bondage, nor will you wear out your mind and body, wasting your time, and stupidly and pointlessly exhausting your strength.
POEM to PONDER: Live a Life that Matters
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.
So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from,
or on what side of the tracks you lived.
At the end, whether you were beautiful or brilliant, male or female,
even your skin color won’t matter.
So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;
not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice
that enriched, empowered or encouraged others.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter is not your memories,
but the memories that live in those who loved you.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.
— Michael Josephson
PRAYER of PRAISE:
We gratefully acknowledge that
You are our Eternal God and
God of our people, the God of all generations.
You are the Rock of our life,
the Power that shields us in every age.
We thank You and sing Your praises:
for our lives, which are in Your hand;
for our souls, which are in Your keeping;
for the miracles which are daily with us; and
for Your wondrous gifts at all times, morning, noon, and night.
You are Goodness: Your mercies never end;
You are Compassion: Your love never fails.
You have always been our hope.
For all these things, O Sovereign God,
let Your name be for ever exalted and blessed,
and let life abundant be the heritage of
all the children of Your covenant.
O God our Redeemer and Helper,
let all who live affirm You and praise Your name.
Eternal God, whose nature is Goodness,
we give You thanks and praise.
— Gates of Repentance
THE FINAL JUDGMENT
A rottweiler, a chihuahua, and a cat all die and appear before the Judgment Seat of Heaven.
God asks the rottweiler, “Why should you get into Heaven?” The rottweiler says, “I protected my family for years, and died saving them from a crazed killer.”
God says, “Well done, boy. Come sit at my right hand.”
“How about you, Mr. Snuffles?” The chihuahua says “I didn’t die heroically, but I did provide love and comfort to an elderly lady in her last years.” “Good enough. Come sit on my left.”
God turns to the cat. “How about you? Why should you get into Heaven?”
Purring loudly, the cat looks up and calmly says, “Because you’re in my chair.”
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GOOD RULES FOR WRITING: Part 1
Avoid alliteration. Always.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
Remember to never split an infinitive.
Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
One should never generalize.
Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s
Be more or less specific.
Understatement is always best.
Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
The passive voice is to be avoided.
Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
Who needs rhetorical questions?
Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.