Fr. Pat Nields, Pastor l 702 West 11th Street l Neligh, NE 68756 l 402-887-4521
Meets every other week on Sundays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
in the parish hall area.
Meetings are at 8 p.m. the first Tuesday each month
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the third Thursday each month
GREETINGS FROM FR. PAT
Gospel - 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time
A note on the Gospel: Jesus heals ten lepers. Only one returns to Jesus, to convey thanks for the healing. An important message of gratitude, conveying thanks for blessings, as Jesus states, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?”
In thinking about gratitude, it brought to mind the holiday of “Thanksgiving”. Maybe given the colder weather we have been having too. Getting to that time of year. “Thanksgiving” is a good tradition, with its focus on being with family and giving thanks for blessings. To slow down a bit, to focus on what is truly important. I think and hope it also includes for many giving thanks to God. An important message from the Gospel, giving thanks.
Why didn’t the other nine lepers return to thank Jesus? We don’t know from the Gospel, maybe some were just concerned about getting healed, no matter how it happened. An interesting aspect of the Gospel is Jesus tells the lepers to go show themselves to the priests. To my understanding, lepers lived in isolation and to be declared clean, to be able to go back and live with the community, they were to be declared clean by the priests after confirming they were healthy and making prescribed sacrifices.
A commentary I read on this Gospel presented a comparison between physical leprosy and spiritual leprosy. Sin can be a kind of spiritual leprosy. As Jesus sent the lepers to the priests in regards to physical healing, our belief through the sacrament of reconciliation we gain spiritual healing. God’s mercy through the sacrament to overcome spiritual “leprosy”, to be declared clean. May we have thanks for this too, the sacrament of reconciliation.
Candidates for Confirmation:
Simon Beacom, Jacob Behnk, Garret Belitz Reed Bennett, Carney Black, Josey Booth, Cody Booth, Layne Bullock, Chole Carothers, Nathan Decker, Brooke Frey, Ethan Frey, Leevi Frey, Jesse Green, Derek Hahne, Ashton Higgins, Andrew Jacobsen, Dawson Kaup, Brock Kester, Lynae Koinzan, Talon Krebs, Aiden Kuester, Andrea Maldanado, Layton Meyer, Ben Ofe, Blake Ofe, Caleb Payne, Kaylee Ramold, Austin Rudolf, Grace Shabram, Shilo Shabram, Tanner Sparr, Trey Svatos, Merinee Vaughn, Claire Whitesel, Carson Whitesel.
Please remember to say a prayer for the candidates for Confirmation. They will be confirmed this Monday by Archbishop Lucas at St. Francis.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel pray for us!
St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!
30 minutes before all Sat. and
Sun. Masses. After 7 p.m. Mass Sat. and 10 a.m. Mass Sun.
15 minutes before weekday Masses
Thurs. evenings in Lent
Sat: 5 p.m. | Sun.: 10 a.m.
During the months of: Dec., Jan., Feb., June, July and Aug.
Sat: 7 p.m. | Sun: 8 a.m.
During the months of: Mar., Apr., May, Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
702 W 11th St, P.O. Box 259
Neligh, NE 68756
Fr. Pat Nields, Pastor