A special collection is being held in all parishes of the Diocese of Harrisburg this weekend for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. This is a part of the U.S. Catholic Bishops emergency collection to assist the millions of persons affected by this unprecedented catastrophic weather event. Please pray for the families that have lost loved ones and all who have lost homes and businesses along with their sense of peace and normalcy. Your prayerful and financial support is urgently needed. Please give generously.
Next weekend we will have our annual Missionary Co-Operative Appeal. This year we have Father Paul Prabel from the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky. The missionary activity involves working with some of the poorest individuals and families in the United States. This former bishopric of our own Bishop Gainer is set in the heart of Appalachia. Our own missionary efforts from our parish through the Father Beiting Mission helps us realize how desperate the needs are of our brothers and sisters in Kentucky. When I was there last year I was shocked at the amount of poverty right in our own country. Please be generous this year. The sacrifice you make can do major good for people whose lives are so different from our own. Remember the words of Jesus as you make your contribution this year: “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers or sisters, so you do unto me!”
You can learn more about this mission here.
About the Diocese
St. John Paul II established the Diocese of Lexington on March 2, 1988, erecting it from portions of the Archdiocese of Louisville and the Diocese of Covington.
The diocese encompasses an area the size of Maryland, Delaware, and Rhode Island combined, half of which is in the heart of Appalachia. Roman Catholics comprise over 44,000 of the 1.5 million people in the area or 3% of the overall population, concentrated primarily in the larger cities and towns.
Of the 60 parishes in the diocese, roughly 40 rely on external funding to meet daily expenses. 12 parishes are missions to other parishes in the region. Thee diocese offers the Mission and Ministry Program, providing over $1 million annually for applicant parishes, schools, and outreach ministries in the mountains.
A Snapshot of the Diocese of Lexington
The mountains of Eastern Kentucky and the rolling hills of the Central Kentucky’s Bluegrass region are places of contrasts. The natural beauty and richness of the land belie the grinding poverty and desperation that also exists there. Some wealth stands cheek-to-jowl with deprivation… fine homes next to decrepit manufactured homes. Businesses trade in the same communities where a virtual barter economy still reigns. Beautiful vistas reside by devastated landscapes.
The extraction industries, mining and logging—long the life blood of the region, are dwindling, along with their dangerous but well-paying jobs. Minimum wage jobs are the norm. Many young people leave the area for greater opportunities.
Unemployment rates in most of the Appalachian counties run to 25% or more. Poverty afflicts over 30% of the population. Educational attainment is low, with over 75% of people over the age of 20 lacking a high school diploma. Access to healthcare professionals is well below the national average. Wolfe County, Kentucky, consistently ranks as one of the poorest counties in the United States, with a poverty rate of almost 31%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Beyond the urban areas, Catholics account for less than 1% of the population. While most people in the region self-identify as Christians, some 60% are unchurched. Outreach ministries of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington - in all of these areas: education, material assistance, healthcare, etc. - are likely the only contact the needy will ever have with a religious community.
· 16,426 Square Miles
· 50 Counties
· 44,303 Members
· 60 Parishes
· 2 Oratories
· 43 Active Diocesan Priests
· 17 Active Religious Order Priests
· 85 Deacons
· 45 Women Religious
· 9 Seminarians
· 1 Accredited Secondary School
· 13 Accredited Primary Schools
· 13 Federal & State Prisons
About Today’s Presenter: Fr. Paul Prabell: A native of Kentucky, Fr. Paul Prabell has served in Central and Eastern Kentucky for 45 years. He has served as a parish priest, campus minister, and director of priests’ personnel. He presently is serving as the rector of Christ the King Cathedral in Lexington.
Youth from our parish Life Teen group will be traveling to Mishawaka, Indiana with Catholic Heart Work Camp to assist those in need from June 10-16th. A few of our parish youth have not been able to fundraise the full amount needed to cover the cost of their Summer Mission Trip. This is a great opportunity to help a teenager make a difference while offering a teen the unique experience of serving and growing alongside their peers.
If you would like to make a contribution towards sponsoring one of these teens, you can donate online, send a check to the parish office marked "Mission Trip" or contact John Triscik. All donations are greatly appreciated and 100% tax deductible.
Pictures and a summary of the Mission Trip will be shared once the group returns in July. We are excitedly awaiting to see all they will accomplish this year! As always, your prayers are also much appreciated!
*The donation link above will direct you to our Youth Donation page. If you prefer to contribute through your Parish Online Giving account, please click here.
Still thinking about a New Years Resolution? With a new year comes the tradition of “New Years Resolutions”. It’s not too late to adopt one yourself! May we suggest SIMPLIFYING your life with our parish Online Giving Program. You can save yourself time by enrolling and scheduling your tithing and other offerings to deduct electronically from your checking account or credit card. Our program provides you full control of your account - at any time - by logging onto our secure website. This convenience allows you to change the amount and frequency of your gifts when it suits you.
In addition to being a good steward of your finances by tithing to the church regularly, you will also be stewarding our natural resources by eliminating the printing of the offertory envelopes that are mailed each month.
If you have questions or would like to help enrolling in the Online Giving Program, please contact Jackie Abel at (717) 533-7168 ext. 121 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your generous Stewardship to our parish!
The Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families (located in suburban Harrisburg) is in need of the following donations: silverware (especially teaspoons), laundry detergent, blankets (twin size), towels and washcloths, personal care products, and air mattresses (or small cots). If you can help, please contact Yvette Dick, Interfaith Shelter House Manager at 717-652-8740. Thank you for your generosity!
*A very generous parishioner has offered to transport any items collected at our parish to the shelter. If you would like to donate items, you may bring them to the lobby area outside of the parish office door. Please be careful to place them in the bin marked “Interfaith Shelter” to ensure they are not mistakenly placed with items being collected for the Annual CCW Christmas Bazaar.
World Mission Sunday, this year on October 23, 2016, celebrates the mercy of God as we extend His loving heart to our neighbor half a world away, through our prayers and sacrifices.
What is the Origin of World Mission Sunday?
In 1926, Pope Pius XI instituted World Mission Sunday. He asked for prayer, animation, celebration, and offerings for the Missions. His concern was to engender a sense of responsibility in people for supporting the Missions throughout the world.
The first commemoration was in 1927 and the Pope asked that it would be observed in every diocese, parish, and institute. It was to be a true World Mission Sunday. The collection on the first World Mission Sunday, like today, is for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, providing support for the life-giving and hope-filled work and witness of priests, religious, and lay pastoral leaders in mission churches.
What happens on World Mission Sunday (October 23, 2016)?
Your prayers and generous support on World Mission Sunday directly benefit the Mission Church today. That support reaches clinics caring for the sick and dying, orphanages providing a place of safety and shelter, schools offering education from kindergarten through high school. Your help provides for seminarians preparing for the priesthood, and religious Sisters and Brothers in formation programs. All of this takes place in 1,111 mission dioceses, mostly in Africa and Asia, where the poorest of the poor receive an education and health care while experiencing the loving heart of our Lord through the service of priests, religious, and lay faithful.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.IAmAMissionary.org.
This information was obtained from our Diocesan website: http://www.hbgdiocese.org/evangelization/the-diocesan-office-of-the-missions/world-mission-sunday-next-to-last-sunday-in-october/
Annual Mission Trip Support: Fr. Beiting Appalachian Center
There will be six men traveling to Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center in Louisa, KY on October 30, 2016.
The Mission Center has not assigned us our fall project yet, but we will let you know in further bulletins as soon as we know what we will be asked to do.
As usual, our volunteers take along all their own tools and
pay for their own meals, travel and incidental expenses. In addition, we almost always buy a variety of items needed to complete the jobs we have accepted. If you would like to help with these expenses, please send your donation to:
Larry & Jan Duckart
5455 Ridge Road
Elizabethtown, PA 17022.
For our records, please note on your check that this is for FBAMC. Thank you in advance for your generosity & support.
How Much Should I Be Giving To The Church?
In our Catholic faith “Tithing” is understood as giving 10% of your gross income - with 5% being given to the Church and 5% being given to the poor.
Tithing is a responsibility for all Christians and should be taken very seriously. However, there are legitimate exceptions to tithing such as family members living in poverty with very little money to cover their basic needs. Those who have the ability should make their best effort to tithe. Those who say their budget does not allow them to tithe but are buying things that are unnecessary, should look at where they are able to cut discretionary spending. By cutting discretionary spending, they are placing God before themselves. Regardless of the circumstances, every family should try to sacrificially give something no matter how small the gift. Jesus gave us an example of this in Mark 12:41, where the poor widow gave a few pennies from what she had to live on. In Tobit 4:8, Tobit tells his son Tobiah, “Son, give alms in proportion to what you own. If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance; if you have but little, distribute even some of that. But do not hesitate to give alms."
Is tithing still necessary in the Catholic Church today?
Yes, tithing is absolutely necessary in the Church today. When God introduced the concept of tithing in the Old Testament, He told the Israelites this contribution was necessary from them to support the work of the Levites and the poor in the community.
Today our Church still needs this support. In addition to being called to care for the poor among us, the need exists to cover the expenses and financial obligations we incur as the Church operates in a commercial society. Salaries, benefits, insurance, maintenance, utilities and service fees are all expenses that result as we work to fulfill the mission of our parish and meet the needs of our parish community.
“Each year you shall tithe all the produce that grows in the field you have sown... So that the Levite who has no share in the heritage with you and also the alien, the orphan and the widow who belong to your community, may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake.” Deuteronomy 14:22, 29
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