One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision, “Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you. No one will attack and harm you, for I have many people in this city.” – Acts 18:9-10
There’s no wonder Paul was nervous about preaching in Corinth. It was a very important, wealthy, port city in the Roman Empire, and had earned for itself a reputation for sinfulness. Would it even be worth it for Paul to preach the Gospel? Would he be in danger? Why bother?
It’s funny how, almost 2,000 years later, we act the same way. We think that our times, our situation, are so contrary to the Gospel that it’s just better for us to keep our faith to ourselves. Let’s just keep our heads down and maybe everyone will leave us alone. They won’t judge us, or make fun of us, or hate us. But they also won’t be called to conversion, and worse, we won’t be putting our trust in God. Our response to God needs to be the same as Saint Paul’s was, because God’s message to all of us is the same thing he said to Paul:
Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.
Some news and notes:
PRAYERS: Please pray for the repose of the souls of Betty Tate and Bob Rivers, both of whom died this week.
GUATEMALA: Don’t forget to join us in the social hall after the 8:00 and 10:00 Masses this weekend for the Guatemala Mission Breakfast. You can take Mom to brunch and support the orphans in Patzun, all without leaving church. What a deal!
GENESIS: The Pro-Life committee will be in the narthex this weekend for the annual collection for Genesis of Pittsburgh. Genesis provides services and education to pregnant women so that they won’t be afraid to choose life. Please be as generous as possible.
MAY ALTAR: All are welcome to honor our Blessed Mother by leaving flowers at the temporary May Altar in the sanctuary. Don’t worry if you can’t leave flowers; your prayers will honor her more. Special thanks to A.T. Merhaut, Inc., for loaning us the beautiful statue.
FAITH FORMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY: Formation doesn’t stop just because it’s summer. Check the bulletin for important upcoming dates in both programs.
VOLUNTEERS: Without exaggeration, volunteers are what keep a parish moving. We’re looking for more recruits in two specific areas. First, we need more assistance with liturgical ministries: lectors, Eucharistic ministers, sacristans, etc. Please contact Mary Jordan if interested. Secondly, we need people with green thumbs to help maintain the various gardens and flower beds around campus. Please contact Ben at the parish office if interested.
RUMMAGE SALE: Our annual rummage sale will be June 8 & 9. Drop off begins May 23, from 10 AM – 3 PM. See the bulletin for complete details.
DIAPER DERBY: The Pittsburgh Diaper Derby is about babies racing to help other babies. Children 5 and under will walk, toddle, or crawl their way to the finish line to raise money for single moms and needy families in Pittsburgh. The event happens at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium on May 19. For more info, visit www.pghdiaperderby.com or call Jen Schellhaas at 724-816-0849.
And that is, I believe, all the news that’s fit to print this lovely Friday. I’m going to go back to praying for an end to allergy season. Have a great weekend and know that you are loved. See you at Mass!