The Calvary staff is off Thursday and Friday to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. But we are all ready for Sunday! See you then!
Even as a young ministry couple in our early twenties, my wife and I were committed to generosity. We always gave. Always! And we were always blessed, even in those days when we didn't have quite as much. Our God is generous, and that's why we are generous. Generosity changes US. And others are changed through our generosity.
I remember as a child when I got a new book I never wanted to read all the writing at the beginning of the book—the dedication, the preface, the introduction, the acknowledgements—I just wanted to dive right into reading the story. Later in my reading life, I realized that these sections enriched the overall reading experience and I now read them with interest. Sometimes those prefaces can be like movie trailers giving you a little glimpse into the working of the author’s mind and their writing. But I especially like reading the dedications in books.
Last Sunday, our elder chair, Jon Costas, shared a little more about our vision for the future. We are excited to see even more lives changed forever! As we prepare for this project, we want to make sure our hearts are as ready to worship, grow, and change as our hands are to work. You are invited to be part of our season of prayer for the project and for all that God can do through the expansion of our building and our ministry capacity.
I can't wait for you to see the new and improved plans for our Vision 2020 campus expansion project! Our elder chair, Jon Costas, will introduce the latest plans, which include the many improvements that YOU suggested, this Sunday. Your input has been invaluable to the process, and I can't say thank you enough. With this building expansion, we will be able to see even more lives changed through the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Yes, that's what I call it. Sleep-in Sunday. LOL! Everybody gets to sleep in one hour. Although this could be a great Sunday for some of you to consider coming to the early service at 8:15a. While we are in the planning and praying stages of our expansion project, we are doing our best to fit everyone into 3 services. The 9:45a service is completely full, but we have some space in the 8:15a or the 11:15a! Thank you all for your patience while we pray and prepare to expand our place of worship!
Most Rev. Donald J. Hying, bishop of the Gary Catholic Diocese, was keynote speaker at a Franciscan St. Margaret Health - Hammond dinner program for clergy and spiritual care workers from area churches and hospitals Oct. 27. The dinner was in conjunction with the celebration of Pastoral Care Week (Oct. 25-31). Pastoral Care Week dates back to the 1980s, when the National Association of Catholic Chaplains adopted a resolution setting aside a week in which to celebrate and honor all those who participate in the pastoral/spiritual care ministries.
During one of our crowded worship services on Sunday, I closed my eyes for a moment of worship and then began to raise my hands. As I was seated on an aisle, I was a little startled when my arm bumped someone. I turned to see whom I had inadvertently blessed with a smack and saw one of our ushers! He was working hard to try to fit another person into one of the few empty chairs left in a crowded sanctuary.
I've been taking lots of walks lately. I took one last night and again early this morning. As I've been taking in the beauty of God's creation, I am also praying for the people I love the most in this world--my friends, my family, and my flock. Let me encourage you to take in the beauty of each day and then move beyond enjoyment, and even beyond gratitude, to a place of worship.
Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer saw hundreds of young souls gather for the annual Respect Life Celebration on Monday, October 12 in the campus’s front lawn. This event has taken place during Respect Life Week for over 20 years, and is meant to put an emphasis on the precious gift of life and to let people know that their lives matter, have meaning, and deserve respect.
There is a field near our house where I like to take walks. There is something about that place that makes me feel quiet and reflective. I've been going there more often these days, sometimes in the morning and evening both. It is one of several places where I go to pray--for my family, my friends, and my flock (that's you!). Taking some time to get away and pray is a habit I learned from Jesus' example; he did it often (see Mark 1:35-39).