May 17, 2008 – More Random Thoughts

Greetings on this beautiful sunny day (finally!).  Days like today can certainly help lift one’s spirits and help us forget about things like $4.00 gas, politics, natural disasters (well, at least for a little while).  As I have done before, I don’t really have one subject to talk about, just a few random thoughts floating in my head:

– I did something yesterday I haven’t done for a while – I plopped down a few bucks on lottery tickets.  I’m not sure why the big jackpots make playing the lottery so much more alluring, as if my chances to win are any better than they otherwise would be.  Of course, I won a big $0.00 as usual.  I even promised God that I would give $10 million to the church if I won.  Oh well, maybe next time.

– I have been thinking about some ideas for changing/adding to our web site.  One thing I am thinking about is a “tribute” page to those in the military.  The page would certainly include something about those from our parish currently serving in the military.  It could also include something about those from our parish who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and those in our parish who are veterans.  Also, it could include those who may not be from our parish, but who may have ties to someone in our parish.  If you have any ideas about this, or have someone you would like included on this tribute page, e-mail me at webmaster@maryhoc.org.  I’m not sure when I will get this page going, but it is certainly on my agenda of summer projects.

– If you get a chance, check out the home page on www.maryhoc.org.  This month of May is devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and I listed a few links that have devotions, prayers, and many other things related to Mary.

– Finally, I have a “feel good” story to share with you.  I won’t include names, but a parishioner of ours is a neighbor to someone who is a Catholic that hadn’t been to church for a while.  This parishioner was on her way to Sunday Mass and saw the neighbor walking along and said something to the effect of “you’re walking the wrong way,” meaning that the neighbor was walking the opposite direction of church.  Lo and behold, the neighbor thought about those words and attended Mass.  The neighbor told the parishioner that coming to Mass really felt good and uplifting, and now the neighbor is attending Mass regularly again!  Do you know of a neighbor or friend or family member who hasn’t been to Mass for a while?  Do you know someone who has mentioned wanting to learn more about the Catholic Church?  Have you invited them to come back to Mass or to come to RCIA?  As you see, sometimes a simple invitation can go a long way.

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!  Say a few prayers for the Cardinals (3 games behind the Cubs?!?!?!  The horror!!!!!).  Peace.

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