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October 26, 2016, 12:00 PM

A word at mid-week, 10/26

Happy mid-week to you all!

It must be part of the human DNA that we often look around at others to see how we compare to them. We wonder how we stack up against others - our neighbors, co-workers, even other family members. We are bombarded daily with images and messages that can easily tempt us to equate our sense of self-worth with how smart we should be, where we went to school, our net worth, what kind of family we have, how much we have accomplished, where we live, and what kind of job we do and the list goes on and on.

In our Gospel for this past week about the Pharisee and tax collector who went up to the Temple to pray, Jesus reminds us that God is not interested in how good we look or how much we want others to think we have it all together. God is not interested in our comparing ourselves to the Pharisee or the tax collector or anyone else. He is not interested in our tendency to label others as modern-day Pharisees or tax collectors. But, God is interested in our hearts being open before him and being open to discovering what is of true and ultimate worth, discovering the unique person we were created to be. Please see my sermon, below.

This week is the Diocesan Convention! It is an especially important convention this year as we will elect our 11th bishop. I hope you have taken the opportunity to view all of the videos and read about each of the candidates. It is a good slate of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I will post results on Facebook as soon as I can, so stay tuned!

One of the goals for our strategic plan is to do a community event each month. For October, St. Matthew's will have a booth THIS COMING SATURDAY at the Irvington Halloween Festival. If you can help, please contact Andrew Lloyd-Jones! (see ad below)

The Coffee Hour this coming Sunday will be Hosted by Amanda Lloyd-Jones and Flour-De-Lis Bakery. There will be samples to share from the fall and Christmas menu and you will be able to place your orders! 

On Monday, November 7 at 6:00 pm, St. Matthew's will participate in the diocesan-wide prayer vigil on the election-eve. We will be hosting an Evening Prayer service. Please plan to attend.

On November 6, Brenda Iacocca's vocal group, VOCE, will be performing the Rutter requiem at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Our current interim Music Director, Robert Bolyard, will be singing as part of this group. 

God's love to you all! Fr. Frank


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