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Fr. John Barbella

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Give People a Chance

09-27-2020Fr. John Barbella

I write these words on September 21st, the Feast of Saint Matthew. We all know that St. Matthew was a tax collector when Jesus called him to be an Apostle. But it’s hard for us to understand just how hated Matthew was because of his profession.

People in Jesus’ time didn’t despise tax collectors simply because they collected taxes. They knew back then as we do today, that taxes are part of life.

Reasonable people, then as now, tolerated reasonable taxation to pay for things like roads and government.

What made Matthew and the other tax collectors in Israel so hated was that the government for which they collected taxes was a foreign one. The Roman Empire had occupied and oppressed Israel for many years. Thus the money Matthew collected from his own people paid foreign soldiers who kept them in line.

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Upcoming Events

40 Days for Life

Sep 23, 2020 - Nov 1, 2020

Please join the record number of Christians who have signed up not to erase history, but to make history. The Sep 23-Nov 1, 40 Days for Life campaign will be the largest global effort of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.

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Divine Mercy Prayer Group

Sep 30, 2020 - Dec 30, 2020: 7:00pm (weekly)

The Divine Mercy Prayer Group will resume meeting for prayer, Scripture readings & Reflection. You are invited to join us every Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Parish Meeting Room.

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Food for the Needy Collection

Oct 3, 2020 - Oct 4, 2020

October’s needs are: peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, tuna fish, canned soups, canned meat, canned fruit, toothpaste, soap, laundry detergent and deodorant.

Life Choices is in need of diapers, formula and children’s items.

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