Masses said at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish:  I have just been made aware that we have run out of stipends for weekday Masses offered at Sacred Heart. It seems, there are not as many people in the parish making requests for Masses to be said for special intentions. 

It is my assumption that a priest assigned to the parish, paid by the diocese, would say daily Mass for the people regardless of whether there is a special intention for that day or a stipend to be paid to him (a stipend only ever goes to the priest who says the Mass, money left—in a Will, for example—for Masses for the deceased never goes to the “parish” but always to the priest who says the Mass and only when he has completed the request, one-by-one, at the set stipend for each as made clear by the Bishop). 

If you know family members of other parishes who have Mass intentions (from a funeral for example) or who want to have a Mass offered for someone’s special need or request, please tell them that we can accept that request at Sacred Heart presently.  Especially for weekday Masses, even an over-abundance (when the case) from St. Jude could be said at Sacred Heart, if the person requesting the Mass is agreeable to that and would want to attend at Sacred Heart instead of St. Jude that day.

Hopefully, more members from Sacred Heart will choose to request a Mass to be said for a special need or for remembrance of a loved one on the anniversary of their death, a birthday, wedding anniversary, or some other notable occasion when it is good to remember that loved one.

The other day, someone sent me an interesting insight and commentary on many in today’s society.  Let me couch it, and then share it with you, along with a little commentary of my own.

We are living in a day and age when many want to turn away from organized religion or if they stay, they want what the sociologists often refer to as “a feel-good form of Christianity” that offers no challenges, but just lets you show up dressed fit for the ballpark, belly up to the Starbuck’s kiosk before it starts, and then sit down to a preacher who will tell—if at all challenging—that his words of course do not apply to you since you are here and therefore are not “one of them.”
Others turn away from church altogether under the premise (in their mind) that those in the church do not live up to what they proclaim.  Sad to think that such well-educated people—usually at the full expense of their parent’s sacrifices for them—cannot distinguish between a challenging Church that preaches the Gospel and in an unwavering way regardless of the trends of culture may be in a given day, and those within the church who, may like all the sinners who are invited to come hear the challenge, might have feet of clay!  The human element that has always been in the church (or any organization that may seek to guide and direct us) is NOT the Church itself or the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Many today seem to only want to hear what they want to hear and what makes them “feel good.”  To that I would share the words of someone most probably never will read, though one who many should read, H. Richard Niebuhr.  He once spoke a
generation or so ago of before, “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” An English theologian summed up most of the preaching he had heard in the United States: “Might I suggest that you try to be good?” 
If no one lives faith any longer and no challenge of the Gospel is being preached to today’s crowd, then what indeed will ever challenge them to know that there is truth outside themselves, helping them not to succumb to today’s relativism?  Sadly, nothing, and the world created by such will not be a good one for if the individual alone is the source of what is true or right or to be accepted, what will happen will be that the strongest (or most violent, or authoritarian, or even terrorist group) will be the one who wins with their thought and takes over.  Who or what would challenge them if the relativist position of the individual sets the bar or the rules is the way life is approached?

Just something to think about. . .
 -Fr. John