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ST. NICHOLAS PARISH From the Pastor’s Desk Tomorrow is Labor Day. You are invited to begin this national holiday with the celebration of the Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. in the Church. We give God thanks that we are able to work. In general work seems to be such a burden. That is because of the presence of sin in our world. Sin taints everything and most especially the way we view things. We do not see with the clarity of God. In reality work is a blessing, a gift because it is a way in which God invites us to participate in His creation and His life. Think of it… God invites us to share in His work of creation, to share in His creative activity. Work is a gift that helps us to grow closer to God: To discover God in His creation. For this we give thanks to God. Jokingly the word “work” has often been considered a “four letter word”. As if to say that work was/is a bad thing. However, the whole business of work is something that is an essential part of human life. At no time in the history of humanity has work not been an essential aspect of our existence. Work is second nature to humanity. Work is so essential that we, for some reason, disapprove of any kind of laziness. We are not comfortable with laziness, unless of course it is our own laziness whereupon we justify and make excuses for it. But even the need and the act of justifying or excusing laziness indicates that it is not a good thing. We have often heard the saying that “a man has to work.” It is true. Human beings need to work. We all need to do something. Without doing something we begin to wonder what life is all about. We have to accomplish something. We have heard stories about people who have ended their own life for the simple reason that they found life boring and pointless. Or another case in which an individual labored and toiled for nothing; as if life is only about toil and suffering. If life is only about work and then you die, what’s the point? Work is such a fundamental part of life that the truth about work can be easily overlooked and misunderstood. We have to look at this essential aspect in light of our human nature. We have to look at this reality before the distorting factor. Let us look at work in the light of “In the beginning.” We should look at work in light of Genesis as God originally intended it to be. When God created the “heavens and the earth” we can say that God was “outside of creation.” God is not part of creation, otherwise God would have been created and God would not be God. This is the very reason we cannot see and know God directly with our five senses. God is completely other. God is not a creature. When God created the heavens and the earth he created them “ex nihil”. That is to say God created everything “out of nothing.” Strictly speaking only God can create. God, who is outside of creation, creates “ex nihil”. A being who is “in creation”, a creature, can only take what is already created and work with it; for good or for ill. (Note well: this is why the devil cannot create, he is a fallen creature.) Genesis tells us that when God was finished with the work he had done in creating the heavens, the earth, the animals and Adam and Eve, he said it was “very good”. There is an absolute beauty and goodness about God’s creation. We know this to be true since we often marvel at the wonders and beauty of creation. At this point we can say that God stopped creating per se. At this point God handed creation over to a created being, the man (Adam and Eve). In doing so God

stopped in directly creating “ex nihil”. He left the further development of His creation to the natural laws built into creation and to the work of the man. The man and woman were invited to be the stewards of God’s Creation. The invitation to share in God’s work was given before the fall of Adam and Eve. We also know that the man and woman were created in the image and likeness of God. The invitation to man and woman was for them to work in the world: to have dominion over creation. And just as God rested after His work of creation the man and woman are to rest and enjoy their work in creation. It is in the very nature of our humanity that we are compelled to work and rest. It is part of our human nature. It is an aspect of the image and likeness of God. God thoroughly enjoyed all that he created and invited the man and the woman to share in that very enjoyment as they shared in God’s creative activity. There is great joy in sharing in God’s work. God blesses this work and its fruits. God, who is outside creation and not part of creation, has invited a creature who is inside creation, to be the caretaker. God has given the man and the woman intellect and free will. It is with the mind that the human is able to “know” creation and work with it and develop it. The human being is given free will in order to make decisions. The human being is not a puppet. If this were so there would be no real enjoyment in God’s creation. Our intellect and free will is what distinguishes the human from the rest of creation. This is why the human being is the true steward of God’s creation. Unfortunately, because of the Original Sin, our nature is tainted and our understanding is distorted. The image and likeness of God in all of humanity has been dimmed by sin. Because of Original Sin and our actual sin we do not mirror the image and likeness of God very well in this world. Because of sin we even go so far as to reject our stewardship role and assume ownership of creation. This changes the meaning and motive for work. The natural inclination for work remains. Work as sharing in the ongoing creative activity of God becomes a burden. As we read in Genesis after the sin, God said to the woman… “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children.” And to the man… “cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. Genesis 3: 16-19. Even though we must labor by the sweat of our brow, we still have a need to work. It seems to me that we find work to be a burden the more we place our will before the will of God. Instead of being stewards of God’s creation and try to serve God faithfully, we assume ownership of God’s creation, taking God out of the picture as it were, and labor for ourselves. The burden of labor is made “heavier” because we cannot bless ourselves, our labor and the fruits of labor. Only God can bless. We in turn are to receive and extend God’s blessings to others and the world. In a strange way, if we only seek human rewards for human work we will receive them and only experience the shallowness and limits of human rewards. There is an imperfection and limitation to human rewards. They leave us wanting. The invitation to share in God’s creation still holds true. God wants us to be good stewards of his creation. We accept the invitation to work in God’s creation out of our love

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 and faithfulness to God. When we prayerfully accept his invitation to work we find meaning in our labor, we experience perseverance and hope to share in the fullness of joy and blessings that only God can give. When it comes to work there are many ways in which the human person participates. There is physical, intellectual, spiritual and artistic work. Work takes on all kinds of manifestations that benefit our world and the people who occupy it. All work is good. What is important is that we do some sort of work and view it as God’s invitation into his life: to do all things for the greater honor and glory of God. Have a great holiday weekend and week. Father Ralko

Church Support AUGUST 28, 2016 OFFERTORY $6,954.00 Diocesan Tax $ (650.00) Fenwick Subsidy $(3,060.00) Rosecrans subsidy $(290.00) Available for Parish Operations $2,954.00 Parish Operating Expenses $(8,200.00) Religious Education Expenses $(800.00) Other Income $2,300.00 Weekly deficit $(3,746.00) May God bless you for supporting your parish This week we pray Week III of the Liturgy of the hours. ZANESVILLE CATHOLIC TEENS BREAKFAST All are invited to join the students for breakfast on Sunday, September 11th in the St. Nicholas Church basement following all Masses. Students should arrive at 7:00 a.m. to help with set up. ST. NICHOLAS RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Registration for all new and returning St. Nicholas Religious Education students will be in the church social hall after all the Masses on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Parents-we are asking for you to consider volunteering with us this year, whether as a substitute teacher or helper in most of the grades. Please give us some thought and let us know. Classes for 2016-2017 year begin, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Bishop Fenwick School (St. Nicholas building). THE DAUGHTERS OF ISABELLA INFORMATION NIGHT ON AUTISM September 13 at 6:30 p.m. the Daughters of Isabella will host an information night in the St. Nicholas Church basement social hall. Join us and guest speaker, Beth Johnston, as we explore autism and how we can support family, friends and neighbors who are experiencing the challenges associated with autism.

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults RCIA is a process by which adults become Catholic. Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Are you unbaptized but recognize a need for spirituality in your life/ Are you a baptized Catholic or baptized into another religion but never received any formal religious education? Are you married to a Catholic and attend Mass but just don’t know what the next step is to become one of the Catholic faithful? Were you baptized as a Catholic but not raised in the faith? RCIA is the place for you! RCIA begins on Wed. September 14 at 7 PM in the Parish Office Building, 955 East Main St. (enter on the Silliman St. side.) Call Mary Lou Staker at 453-7141 for more information. WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP The Women’s Spirituality Group will resume meeting on Monday, September 26 at 3:30 p.m. This year we will be discussing Pope Francis’ book The Holy Year of Mercy. If you plan to participate and have any questions, please contact Judi Peterson at 740-453-5288. “The Beauty of the Feminine: Witnesses to Mercy” The 4th Annual Beauty of the Feminine Catholic Women’s Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Zanesville. It is a day of fellowship, prayer and faith formation. Pre-registration is accepted until Sept. 30 by calling St. Thomas parish at 740-453-3309 or by emailing [email protected]. There will also be registration at the door on the day of the event. Contact Susan at the above email address with questions or visit www.thebeautyofthefeminine.weebly.com & www.facebook.com/thebeautyofthefeminine for more info and updates! Cost is $20 by Sept. 30 or $25 at the door. $10 student, religious free; includes breakfast & lunch. If paying at the door, please RSVP. Send checks with “Beauty of the Feminine Conference” in memo line to St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 144 N. 5th St., Zanesville.

SAVE THE DATE Just two months until our bazaar! Please work on your crafts at home and be ready to bring them into church for our bazaar on Saturday November 5. You can also donate purchased items. We need everyone's participation to have a successful outcome. Thank you. Questions? Call Mary at 740-607-6386. God bless. A SPECIAL INVITATION St. James Episcopal Church, Zanesville, is offering a special service to honor police, firefighters and emergency services for their dedication to the safety of the public. It will also be a memorial to those who lost their lives in the line of duty. The service is sometimes called a “blue mass” but is, in actuality, a memorial service based on the burial office and Holy Eucharist of the Episcopal Church. It is planned for Sunday, September 11th at 4:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 155 N. 6th St. It is open to the public and is especially intended for the officers in the various services. A ceremonial unit has been invited to participate as an honor guard.

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME LITURGICAL MINISTERS SCHEDULE It is your responsibility to find a substitute if needed.

What’s Happening in Our Parish

September 11, 2016- Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

MONDAY, September 5, Labor Day

Saturday, September 10 @ 5:15 p.m. Lector: Nicole Hannahs, Tom J. Pitcock Server: Luke Pratt, Libby Pratt Eucharistic Minister - Coord: Charlotte Snider Eucharistic Minister - Wash Vessel: Dan Snider, Mike Musselman Eucharistic Minister: Larry Taylor, Margaret Kronenbitter, Corinne Musselman, Karen Robinson

TUESDAY, September 6

Sunday, September 11 @7:30 a.m. Lector: Susan Thompson, Tom C. Pitcock Server: Mason Harmon, Justin Ewart Eucharistic Minister- Coord: Jim Hillis Eucharistic Minister - Wash Vessel: Nancy Thompson, Marvin Paul Eucharistic Minister: Sue Hillis

8:00 a.m., Mass: Irene Dillon, Church

Sunday, September 11@ 9:30 a.m. Lector: Keena Hansel, George Kopf Server: Thomas Bernath, Will Bernath Eucharistic Minister - Coord: Gerald Tiberio Eucharistic Minister - Wash Vessel: Claire Tiberio, Jane Durant Eucharistic Minister: Tom A. Durant, Janis Maziar, Judy Hamilton, Linda Haswell

SATURDAY, September 10

Sunday, September 11@ 11:30 a.m. Lector: Sam Palleschi, Othello Repuyan Server: Tyler Mell, Christina Rozsa Eucharistic Minister - Coord: Marianne Hall Eucharistic Minister - Wash Vessel: Dodi Sealock, Mary Mirgon Eucharistic Minister: Paul Ritchey, Molly Ritchey, Karen Hardman, Jeff Shawger

Our thoughts and prayers remain with those serving our country at this time and with their loved ones at home. We pray for a safe homecoming and that the world may one day be at peace. PLEASE REMEMBER ST. NICHOLAS PARISH IN YOUR WILL. CALL THE PARISH OFFICE AT 453-0597 FOR MORE DETAILS.

Please join us each Monday at St. Nicholas Church at 2:00 P.M. as we gather to pray the Rosary asking Our Lady’s Intercession for the many needs of our nation, community, and parish.

8:00 a.m., Mass: L/D members of the Nader family, Church

8:00 a.m., Mass: Blaine Kocoloski, Church

WEDNESDAY, September 7 8:10 a.m., School Mass: Chuck Durant, Sr., Church

THURSDAY, September 8, The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary FRIDAY, September 9, St. Peter Claver 8:00 a.m., Mass: Clarence & Mary Hupp, anniversary, Church

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Confessions, Church 5:15 p.m., Mass: Robert Fargus, Church

SUNDAY, September 11 7:30 a.m., Mass: St. Nicholas Parishioners, Church 9:30 a.m., Mass: Paul Bryson, Church 11:30 a.m., Mass: Anna Mary Glaub, Church

Readings for Week of September 5, 2016 Mon. . . . . . . . Tues. . . . . . . . Wed . . . . . . . . Thurs. . . . . . . .

1 Cor 5:1-8 1 Cor 6:1-11 1 Cor 7:25-31 Mi 5:1-4a

Fri. . . . . . . . . .

1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27 1 Cor 10:14-22 Ex 32:7-11, 1314

Sat. . . . . . . . . . Sun . . . . . . . .

Lk 6:6-11 Lk 6:12-19 Lk 6:20-26 Mt 1:1-16, 1823 Lk 6:39-42 Lk 6:43-49 Lk 15:1-32

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day. Have a safe and happy holiday!
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