“No servant can serve two masters… You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Mammon: opulence, deep pockets, affluence, riches, luxury, plenty) All of us must give some time to “mammon.” We need resources to live and we want more than just “enough.” We have to plan for the future. Sometimes, however, our work ethic gets in the way of our really living and participating in life. Or, we may always want “more.” Sometimes I hear people say “What ever happened to enjoying the ‘simple’ things of life, many that cost little or nothing at all?” Yes, work is necessary, but our work ethic needs to be examined frequently: what am I sacrificing; am I using my time well; what or whom do I neglect? I have always admired countries where they take a siesta in the afternoon or where they close down for a month in the summer. We can be proud of the work that we do, but sometimes our work works against us.

Many thanks to all who participated in the Gala and the Raffle. The Commemorate Journal is available at the reception desk and represents the work of many people, especially our Anniver- sary Committee and Fr. Tim Shreenan, who designed it. We will put the names of the Raffle winners in the bulletin next weekend although they have been contacted by now. Now we prepare for the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the Transitus on October 3 and the Masses on October 4th. This brings our 175th Anniversary to a close. Prayers and Blessings as we move into our 176th Year!

-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.