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Bulletin for September 15, 2013

Bulletin for September 15, 2013

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Published by: Michael Evernden Csp on Sep 13, 2013
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Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 15, 2013
Registration for
Children’s religious education programs
for the coming year will be Sept. 15
beforeand after the 9:30 Mass in the foyer of the church.*Family Gathering RE (2
Sunday’s at 10:30/Carvlin Hall)*Pre-School (ages 4-5) during the 9:30 Liturgy*Pre-School (ages 4-5) during the 9:30 Liturgy*Children’s Liturgy of the Word (grades 1-5) during the 9:30 Liturgy
Sunday, September 22 we will celebrate “Catechetical Sunday” with an official Blessing of the religiouseducation teachers. These are all volunteers who faithfully teach at least one Sunday a month (sometimesmore), attend in-services and study for each class they teach.We are thankful they have accepted the “call” of God to help us in this special ministry where they touchthe lives of our young people. If you have an interest in being an aide in either Sunday pre-school orChildren’s Liturgy of the Word, please give us a call.
 The St. Philip Neri Peace and Justice Commission is working with New Seasons Market/Seven Corners tohost a special noontime Thanksgiving meal for persons who are without family, friends, resources, or arehomeless during the holiday season. If you are interested in helping with the planning, please sign thesheet in the back of the Church or contact Meg Eberle Ainsworth,eberlemk@comcast.netor 503.281.6499.We will contact you about a planning meeting.
 The book sale is scheduled for October 12 & 13
, so it’s time to start cleaning out your bookshelves. Weare accepting hard cover, paperbacks, music (commercial CD’s only), commercial DVD’s. This year we arealso including religious items, statues, art work, plaques, crosses and crucifixes.
Items will be accepted the weekend before the sale.
For more information, contact Rose in theoffice.
It was a really good picnic – even the weather cooperated. THANK YOU Pastoral Council and staff andvolunteers for all the work putting this together for us. AND – the Contemporary Group (our Liturgy musicgroup on the second and fourth Sundays) and some of their friends entertained us with toe-tapping musicthat we could sing along to. Maybe we can arrange an event this coming year where we can be inside
Carvlin Hall and get a little dancing started! Thank all of you for a wonderful time!
Sunday, September 15:9:30 am MassSavasti,Spanu (A)Church10:30 am MassDeaf Community MassChapelMonday, September 16:8:00 am MassJohn Spanu (A)Chapel Tuesday, September 17:8:00 am Mass†Patricia HartChapelWednesday, September 18:8:00 am MassAnnunziata De Rose (A)Chapel Thursday, September 19: 8:00 am Mass†Jill M. RaschioChapelFriday, September 20:12:10 pm MassFor Single parentsChapelSaturday, September 21:8:00 am MassFor our ParishChapel4:00 pm MassFrank & Mary IgnazzitoChurchSunday, September 22:9:30 am MassSandra WalkerChurch10:30 am MassDeaf Community MassChapel
Please fill out a Mass Intention Form (located in the foyer of the Church) if you would like a Masscelebrated for you, for an anniversary of death, birthday or marriage, or some other special event. You canalso call the office.
Church cleaning for September 16 - 22: Bill Dietzler and Mary Gablesberger
First Wednesday and third Wednesday (Oct. 2 & Oct. 16) of the month:
B- Catholics, 7:15 in the Paulist Center
Second Sunday of the month (Oct. 13):
Second collection.
Second Tuesday of the month (Oct. 8):
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 9-5 St. Paul’s Chapel.
Third Sunday of the month (Sept. 15):
FABULOUS French Toast breakfast hosted by the Breakfast Club
after the9:30 Mass.Second and Fourth Sunday (Sept. 8 & 22):
Lee and James Xiong will be offering seasonal flowers __________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
Next Sunday’s Scripture Readings:
Sunday in Ordinary Time:September 22, 2013
Reading 1,
 Amos 8:4-7
Responsorial Psalm,
Psalms 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
Luke 16:1-13
Reading 2,
First Timothy 2:1-8
Please prayerfully consider if you can serve as a catechist(teacher) for either Preschool (ages 4-5) or Children’s Liturgy of the Word (grades 1-5) for this school year.We need at least two more volunteers for Children’s Liturgy and one more for Preschool. Teachingexperience welcome, but not necessary! Cynthia Wong and Mary Kavanaugh will conduct aworkshop/retreat for both new and returning catechists on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9:30 am until noon.Please contact Cynthia at 503.508.2981,cynwong54@yahoo.comor Barbara Harrison,barbarah@stphilipneripdx.org, 503.231.4955 to volunteer and reserve your place in the workshop. Teenhelper volunteers are welcome!
needs loving,caring families interested in expanding their family through open adoption. We’re looking for couples whoare willing to join in a ministry to women facing an unexpected pregnancy. Next Orientation Class isNovember 1 & 2, 2012. For more information, or to schedule a free informational interview: Shawn Cass atscass@catholiccharitiesoregon.org, 503.238.5196.
Most of us can reconstruct the parables (stories) of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the return of theProdigal Son. How do we find what is lost and who is looking for what?We all lose things. Last week I lost, or misplaced, my Starbucks coffee mug. I have searched diligently forit, but as yet have not found it. Most of you know my fondness for coffee. Obviously the mug is still on mymind or I wouldn’t be writing about it. Half way through the week I was wondering why I was spending somuch time fretting over such a mundane item. We can, often times, spend enormous amounts of timesearching for the mundane, and precious little time searching for things that really matter. Jesus knows us very well. He knows our penchant for seeking inconsequential things. I mean, if you haveninety-nine sheep, what’s so important about one wayward lamb? What about the woman, searching for alost coin, worth less than a penny today? Why exert such effort to welcome back a disloyal child as in thestory of the Prodigal Son? The stories (parables) Jesus tells aren’t told simply to shed light on daily activities but to point tosomething far more important; they point to a relationship, a relationship between God and ourselves. Thelamb, the lost coin and child represent a lost relationship with the Divine, and how far God will go to seekout and reestablish that relationship. Interesting that all the effort is on God’s part represented by theshepherd, the woman and the father in the Prodigal Son story.Erasmus,a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologianprovidedcommentary on the Prodigal Son by saying “he saw first who loved more tenderly,” and that said Erasmus,is God, waiting for His child to come home. This is very important seeking and finding.We are all “lost” to some degree or another. We are trying to find our way and in seeking we settle forlambs, coins and Starbucks mugs. The really interesting thing is that what we are really looking for isburied deep within each and every one of us. This longing we feel is coming from within, deep within us.We are trying to find what satisfies us, what will make us whole (holy), we are trying to find our way hometo our true selves. What we are looking for is already present within us.Barbara Harrison uses the word Namaste at the end of all her notes and emails. This signature points us inthe right direction. The gesture Namaste represents the Hindu belief that there is a Divine spark withineach of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by thesoul in another.
means bow,
means I, and
means bow,
means I, and
means you. Therefore,
literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you." It is a profoundrecognition of our connectedness, our oneness with each other and all creation.We call that Divine spark the Holy Spirit, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The closest we come to Namasteis “peace be with you” and we respond, “and with your Spirit.” Paul tells us to greet one another with a“Holy Kiss” which is what we do at The Kiss of Peace, we greet each other in the unifying bond of JesusChrist within each and everyone of us.May we be more intentional in our gestures as we greet one another in the unifying bond of the Spirit of the Risen Christ within us.
Fr. Michael Evernden, CSP
If you wish to have the Sunday Bulletin sent to you via email, please send your request and email addressto Star atstars@stphilipneripdx.org.
Have you been thinking about becoming a Catholic? Do you know someone who has questions about theCatholic faith? We will begin our faith journey on Sunday, October 6 at 10:45 am in the Paulist Center.Please contact us atbarbarah@stphilipneripdx.orgor call us at 503.231.4955.
 The Book Group will meet on Monday, September 30 from noon until 1:00 in the Paulist Center. We willbegin the discussion on “The Sins of Scripture” by Episcopalian Bishop Spong. It’s controversial, but a wayto check what we believe.

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