Well, we had another wonderful attendance at the Monday night Bible Study – “You Make Me Crazy” – how to deal with the “Crazymakers” in your life. I am so happy that this Bible study seems to be meeting the needs of so many. Relationships are difficult! We want them to be fulfilling, but so often, they are draining! Fortunately, the Word of God gives us excellent guidance in dealing with other people.
This week our topic is “RESOLVING CONFLICT”. We are going to study seven Biblical steps for resolving conflicts in our relationships so that we can avoid the damage that unresolved conflict can cause in our lives. Come! Monday, 7:00 pm, a one-hour teaching in Fr. D’Arco parish hall, with yours truly teaching.
Our Knights of Columbus have been doing a lovely thing – they have been hosting Saturday night Bingos for the support of different ministries here in the parish. Last Saturday was for the Catholic Daughters. It was so nice to see so many people there, all having a good time and enjoying one another’s company in support of a good cause. And I can give personal testimony that the Frito Pies are excellent (as we all know, Frito Pies are one of the fore basic food groups 🙂 This is really a pleasant way to spend a Saturday evening and to get to know your fellow parishioners.And many thanks to our wonderful K of C for being at service to our other ministries. What a fine group of Catholic men. Gentlemen, if you are looking for a guy type of thing to be involved with the Church, the K of C is for you.
And don’t forget our Small-Group Bible studies that are listed in the bulletin. They are really growing and good things are happening there. The important thing in a big parish like ours is to get involved in a small-group study or ministry, where we can find the Christian community that allows us to know and share with our brothers and sisters in the parish.
Some more short bits of tender wisdom:
Today, after my 72-hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to be at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed uo, she realized that I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said:
“On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”
Today at 7 am, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3 pm I got laid off. On my drive home, I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.
A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job.
I start tomorrow.
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun