4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2012
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: Mark 1:21-28 “He taught them with authority.”
You may or may not have known it—but this is the beginning of Catholic Schools week. And you may be saying to yourselves—Well so what? My children are grown, my grandchildren live out of state—why would I—sitting here in Saint Odilo Church in Berwyn ever worry about Catholic Schools week anymore? But think again. Every one of us has a stake in the success of Catholic schools—and this school in particular because we are not only talking about the future parishioners of Saint Odilo—but the future of our society.
The Bean Queen of Georgetown Rules
The bean, or Epiphany Queen, of the Georgetown Visitation can request special things. Whichever sister finds the bean or medal in her piece of cake after supper is Queen-for-a-Year and is treated in a special way. Go to our Live Jesus blog and read about what Sr. Mary Philomena got to wear that day.
Are you called to a life of the “little virtues” of gentleness, humility, and cheerful optimism? Consider the Washington, DC.
Listen to these statistics: and refer to them for the rest of this sermon—But in Cicero and Berwyn – there are 43 thousand persons under the age of 18,—and ninety-five percent of these kids are Catholic. Now reflect upon the fact that there are only four Catholic schools in these two towns that combined with catechism classes are reaching no more than 2000 children. Think of it—there are therefore almost 42,000 Catholic children in our area who are not getting instructed in the faith. That has to make anyone who takes their Catholicism seriously shudder. I know I do. Continue Reading…