STORIES AND FOOD
I don’t think there’s any coincidence that stories and food are at the core of our Catholic faith life. What do I mean by that?
I’m referring to several connected realities. One of them happens at Mass, which always features Scripture stories, followed by a ritual meal. More formally, we speak of Mass as having two main parts: “The Liturgy of the Word” and “The Liturgy of the Eucharist.” Whichever words you use, Mass is central to our Catholic identity.
Another reality happens when we meet with family, friends and St. Matt’s community members to eat and tell stories. This Sunday’s (9.18) breakfast, hosted by the Minus family, comes to mind. (I look forward to the return of Coffee Sundays. Planning for those has begun. Please consider when you might be able to help out.)
There’s more. This coming Saturday, September 24, after Mass, we’re bringing back another St. Matt’s tradition: the Fix-It Dinner. I’m getting hungry, just thinking about all of these opportunities for a good meal with fellow parishioners.
I know that there will be plenty of stories shared at breakfast, coffee, and dinner. I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve heard since I began here last year. I look forward to more.
There’s a great line in one of the liturgical documents, where Mass is referred to as the source and summit of our faith lives. As source, Mass calls us to love and serve the Lord. As summit, we celebrate our communal faith in a particular way—the Mass.
We recently contracted with the Parish Accounting Service Center (PASC) for additional help: Abby Franzen now handles Accounts Payable (AP) and other bookkeeping tasks. She’ll be here for four hours each Thursday, so you might meet her if you’re in the building at that time.
Abby succeeds Bernie Klein, who rendered great AP and other service for years. Thank you, Bernie! And welcome, Abby!
Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week!