The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

The Lord “rewards” those who serve well and single-heartedly with even greater responsibilities. The parable of the steward (Luke 16:1-13), which tells us that “those who are trustworthy in small matters are also trustworthy in great ones,” demands that the virtue of prudence be a part of every relationship and ministry. While prudence can be directed in either a selfish or a selfless direction, the goodness of the selfless, who serve God and God’s holy people, truly separates the children of God from the worldly. The opportunities to do “good” are always present in great degrees; they continue to ask of us a selfless response. As St. Theresa of Calcutta once said, “I know that God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He did not trust me so much!”

Today, as we celebrate her 50th Anniversary of Religious Profession, we give thanks to God for the life and ministry of Sister Linda Gaupin CDP, who serves our parish as Director of Liturgy.  She has served the Church in many ways during these past 50 years.  Whether it be as a teacher and department head at La Roche College, Catholic University of America and La Salle University, her work at the Bishop’s Conference in Washington, her years as a diocesan director in both Wilmington and Orlando, and finally, to her work in our parish community in Clermont, Linda has been a trustworthy servant with a deep love and dedication to the Lord, the Church and for God’s holy people! On behalf of all those whom she has served throughout her years of service, we give thanks to God for her life and ministry! Congratulations Sister Linda! We pray:

O Lord, faithful God, grant we pray, on this Golden Anniversary of her Religious Profession, that we may give thanks for your kindness toward Sister Linda who today is eager to renew the gift received from you; strengthen in her a spirit of perfect charity, so that each day she may more fervently serve your glory and the work of our salvation.

May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!

Fr. Bob

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