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Thank You Parish Family

Dear Parish,

When thanking a large group, our biggest fear is that we will somehow forget someone so we are doing our best to remember everyone who made our first ever Fall Festival Booth such a success.  Without the countless volunteers who worked in the booth, those who donated soft drinks, made corn, closed the booth, performed maintenance and set-up / took down the booth, helped with advertising, cooked the food and remembered us in your prayers . . .  THANK YOU!!   We were amazed at what your love and support could do to make our first year so successful.

Here are the numbers for the week:

               Total Gross Sales:           $27,759

               Total Food Expense:        $8,668

               Partnership with MEO    $3,000

               Booth Space for 2022     $989

               Final Total Income         $15,102

We have heard that a lot of the booths on Franklin Street did not come close to these kinds of numbers.  And remember, we did this with $2 tacos and $3 corn as our price points.  Marian Educational Outreach was so thrilled with our success.  Expect even bigger and better for 2022.

Finally, we have to set aside a special recognition and huge thank you to José Ramirez and his amazing crew at El Charro.  Without their time, talent, and treasure we would have never been successful.  Their devotion to this Fall Festival project and this Parish is beyond measure.  Please continue to thank them by visiting both El Charro and El Patron often.

Sincerely,

Your Fall Festival Booth Team

All Saints Prayer Garden & Pollinator Park

Watch this brief video of the spectacular Monarch butterflies in All Saints Pollination Park.

While monarch migration is a well-known phenomenon, it’s not the norm when it comes to butterflies.
In fact, the vast majority of butterflies and moths overwinter in the landscape as an egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, or adult. In all but the warmest climates, these butterflies use leaf litter for winter cover. Great spangled fritillary and wooly bear caterpillars tuck themselves into a pile of leaves for protection from cold weather and predators. Red-banded hairstreaks lay their eggs on fallen oak leaves, which become the first food of the caterpillars when they emerge. Luna moths and swallowtail butterflies disguise their cocoons and chrysalises as dried leaves, blending in with the “real” leaves. There are many such examples.

Everyday Stewardship ~ Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments

What’s in it for me?

I think we’ve all been guilty of looking at a situation and wondering what’s in it for us. It doesn’t matter if it’s a particular work assignment, someone at the parish asking for help with the mission trip bake sale, or your spouse asking if you’ll take over the grocery shopping this week. Often, our first reaction to one of these requests is a heavy sigh and the thought: “If I do this, what will I get?”

Sometimes it surprises us to realize that the Apostles were no different. We tend to idolize these contemporaries of Christ as giants who walked with the Savior. But in reality, these individuals were merely human beings struggling to commit to the task of everyday stewardship.

In the Gospels, we see glimpses of them longing for praise and affirmation. We see them jockeying for positions of power within the group of twelve. We see them expect earthly rewards like honor and admiration. We see them acting a lot like us.

But in the end, we see them transformed by the grace of God. Like all the saints, their holiness stems from their commitment to their call. They stumble through, and as they stumble, they keep trusting God. They keep turning to Him. They keep asking for help. They don’t give up just because they keep failing at it.

We are defined by what we give when we have no hope of being reimbursed, rewarded, or recognized. The Apostles understood this, eventually, and they gave accordingly. Most of them gave their very lives.

Remember, they’re just like us. If they can do it, we can too.

— Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

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LA CORRESPONSABILIDAD DIARIA ~ RECONOCER A DIOS EN LOS MOMENTOS ORDINARIOS (Everyday Stewardship)

¿Qué hay para mi? 

Creo que todos hemos sido culpables de mirar una situación y preguntarnos qué hay para nosotros. No importa si se trata de una asignación particular de trabajo, alguien en la parroquia que pide ayuda con la venta de pasteles para el viaje misionero o tu cónyuge preguntándote si te puedes hacer cargo de la compra de comestibles esta semana. A menudo, nuestra primera reacción a una de estas solicitudes es un suspiro profundo y el pensamiento: “Si hago esto, ¿qué obtendré?”

A veces nos sorprende darnos cuenta de que los Apóstoles no fueron diferentes. Tendemos a idolatrar a estos contemporáneos de Cristo como gigantes que caminaron con el Salvador. Pero en realidad, estos individuos eran simplemente seres humanos que luchaban por comprometerse con la tarea de la corresponsabilidad diaria.

En los Evangelios, tenemos vistazos de ellos anhelando elogios y afirmación. Los vemos compitiendo por posiciones de poder dentro del grupo de los doce. Los vemos esperar recompensas terrenales como el honor y la admiración. Los vemos actuando mucho como nosotros.

Pero al final, los vemos transformados por la gracia de Dios. Como todos los santos, su santidad proviene de su compromiso con su llamado. Ellos tropiezan, y mientras tropiezan, siguen confiando en Dios. Siguen volviéndose hacia Él. Siguen pidiendo ayuda. No se rinden solo porque siguen fallando.

Nos define lo que damos cuando no tenemos ninguna esperanza de ser reembolsados, recompensados ​​o reconocidos. Los Apóstoles entendieron esto, eventualmente, y dieron correspondientemente. La mayoría de ellos dio su propia vida.

Recuerda, ellos son como nosotros. Si ellos pueden hacerlo, nosotros también podemos.

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

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Live the Liturgy ~ Inspiration for the Week

It’s the positions of power and great authority that people often admire. We equate success with six figure incomes, high positions, management, and influence. We even go above and beyond to find favor with our bosses so that we can get a little extra recognition and maybe the next promotion when it comes up. This is the way of the world. Those who have their values set on earthly things are going to work by earthly rules. We forget that it doesn’t work that way in the Kingdom of God. Success is measured not from the place of status, influence, or prestige but from the place of humility, service, and sacrifice. The authority that one hopes to achieve is not an authority over others but an authority that comes from wisdom and developing one’s relationship with God. Jesus flips the tables on our priorities. Even the first disciples had a tough time understanding this. They really thought that they would somehow receive a privilege or bonus from being faithful. We often operate under that same illusion.

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VIVIR LA LITURGIA ~ INSPIRACIÓN DE LA SEMANA (Live the Liturgy)

Son las posiciones de poder y gran autoridad las que la gente suele admirar. Equivalemos el éxito con ingresos de seis cifras, altos cargos, administración e influencia. Incluso hacemos todo lo posible para encontrar el favor de nuestros jefes para que podamos obtener un pequeño reconocimiento adicional y tal vez la próxima promoción cuando surja. Así es el mundo. Aquellos que tienen sus valores establecidos en las cosas terrenales van a trabajar según las reglas terrenales. Olvidamos que no funciona de esa manera en el Reino de Dios. El éxito no se mide desde el lugar del estatus, la influencia o el prestigio, sino desde el lugar de la humildad, el servicio y el sacrificio. La autoridad que uno espera alcanzar no es una autoridad sobre los demás, sino una autoridad que proviene de la sabiduría y del desarrollo de la relación con Dios. Jesús cambia las tornas de nuestras prioridades. Incluso los primeros discípulos tuvieron dificultad para entender esto. Realmente pensaban que de alguna manera recibirían un privilegio o bonificación por ser fieles. A menudo operamos bajo la misma ilusión.

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