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     Fr. Steve Sauser
    Fisher of Men
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    Pastor's Note

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    Over the past several weeks Jesus has been calling his disciples and teaching them how to be good stewards of God’s kingdom on earth.  Last Sunday we heard Jesus teach his disciples how to pray.  The crowd in today’s Gospel demanded a sign from Jesus.  May our faithful stewardship be a sign to others that we, like the Ephesians in the second reading, have laid aside our former way of life and acquired a “fresh, spiritual way of thinking” in Christ.  A steward is one entrusted with care over another’s household.  Jesus came to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, and he entrusted his disciples with the care of that Kingdom, His household.  As Disciples of Christ, we are stewards of the Kingdom and called to care for Jesus’ household.  The primary way we do this is through prayer.  The nicest church facilities in the world and even generous humanitarian outreach are barren if they don’t come from hearts in love with Jesus.  Prayer is our opportunity to fall in love with Christ, to ask that his Kingdom come, and to receive the grace we need to care for God’s house.  At St. Mary’s we have several opportunities to pray: Eucharistic adoration, prayer groups, and retreats as well as religious education, adult formation, and Bible studies; all of which prepare us to receive Jesus more deeply in the sacraments, our most privileged places of prayer. 
    Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor was it financed through bake sales.  The income that the Parish Festival, our largest fundraiser, gains for the parish could be matched in one month of Sunday collection if each of our 850 families offered $25 each Sunday, which is about 6% of $20,000 per year salary.  As stewards of Christ’s Kingdom, we are called to generously sacrifice from our income to provide for God’s house, remembering that all we have is from Him.  Just like your house, we to have a utility bill ($3,500/month).  Your household has grown over the years, and so has ours; we have over 170 children in religious education.  Our growing household needs more staff, buildings, and resources to care for the Kingdom entrusted to us.  We cannot meet the needs of the Kingdom without your sacrifice, yet sacrifice is not cause for anger or fear, for God is never outdone in generosity.  Scripture teaches us, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want” (Proverbs 11:24). 
    The faithful are obliged to support the Church in her material needs.  As the pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church I ask you to prayerfully consider fulfilling your obligation by tithing 5% of your wages to your parish, 4% to personal charity(s) and 1% to the Diocese. 

    Approximate Household Income Weekly Sacrifice to the Parish
    Per Hour Per Year
    $7.50 $15,000
    $15.00 $30,000
    $25.00 $50,000
    $35.00 $70,000
    5% 7.5% 10%
    $15.00 $22.50 $30.00
    $30.00 $45.00 $60.00
    $50.00 $75.00 $100.00
    $70.00 $105.00 $140.00

    May we always listen carefully to the voice of the Lord and set our heart on what will last forever.  We only fool ourselves if we believe that our possessions will bring us happiness and life.  Instead, “grow rich in the sight of the Lord” and let’s work together to build an Amazing Parish.

    Fr. Steve

  • Calendar

    August 2016
    Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    31
    Month View July 31, 2016
    1
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    Month View August 1, 2016
    2
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View August 2, 2016
    3
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View August 3, 2016
    4
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View August 4, 2016
    5
    10:00 Mass at Veterans Nursing Home
    7:00p First Friday Parish Holy Hour of Prayer for Vocations, Adoration & Benediction
    Month View August 5, 2016
    6
    8:15 Sacrament of Reconciliation 1st Saturday
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View August 6, 2016
    7
    Second Collection Support our Parish School
    Month View August 7, 2016
    8
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    6:15p KC 4th Degree Assembly 1138
    7:00p KC 3rd Degree Council 3444
    7:15p W.O.M.E.N.'s group monthly meeting
    Month View August 8, 2016
    9
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View August 9, 2016
    10
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View August 10, 2016
    11
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View August 11, 2016
    12
    Month View August 12, 2016
    13
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View August 13, 2016
    14
    8:30p Hospitality Sunday
    Month View August 14, 2016
    • Sunday, August 14, 8:30 PM - 11:00 AM
      Refreshments and fellowship after the 7:30 AM and the 9:15 AM masses
    15
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    6:30p Baptism Class
    Month View August 15, 2016
    • Monday, August 15, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      Ave Maria Room
    • Monday, August 15, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      Parents and Godparents must attend. Baptismal packets (pick up from office) must be fully completed before parents can register for Sacrament of Baptism. Please be on time. Regina Caeli Room.
    16
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    6:30p KJT #114
    Month View August 16, 2016
    • Tuesday, August 16, 12:30 PM
      No experience necessary. Just bring yarn, needles, hooks, and a willing spirit. Ave Maria Room.
    • Tuesday, August 16, 1:30 PM
      In the Regina Caeli Room
    • Tuesday, August 16, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      Come join us!
    • Tuesday, August 16, 6:00 PM
    • Tuesday, August 16, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      Anyone interested in joining the Society is welcome to attend. For Additional information or questions regarding the KJT Society, please contact: Terry Simonton at 254-642-0103 or Gene Pavlat at (254)-778-8954.
    17
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View August 17, 2016
    18
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View August 18, 2016
    19
    Month View August 19, 2016
    20
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View August 20, 2016
    21
    Month View August 21, 2016
    22
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    Month View August 22, 2016
    23
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View August 23, 2016
    24
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View August 24, 2016
    25
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View August 25, 2016
    26
    Month View August 26, 2016
    27
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View August 27, 2016
    28
    Month View August 28, 2016
    29
    9:00 Quilt- & Stitching Angels
    Month View August 29, 2016
    30
    12:30p Knitting & Crocheting
    1:30p Adult Faith Formation
    5:00p Bingo--KC Council 3444 Bingo Night
    6:00p Adult Faith Formation
    Month View August 30, 2016
    31
    7:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Month View August 31, 2016
    1
    3:30p School Choir Practice
    6:15p Choir Practice for 9:15 AM Mass
    7:00p Choir Practice for 5;30 PM & 7:30 AM Masses
    Month View September 1, 2016
    2
    10:00 Mass at Veterans Nursing Home
    7:00p First Friday Parish Holy Hour of Prayer for Vocations, Adoration & Benediction
    Month View September 2, 2016
    3
    8:15 Sacrament of Reconciliation 1st Saturday
    4:00p Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Month View September 3, 2016


  • Free book & packet at parish office for Consecration preparation. You can still prepare and arrange a time with your pastor for the special prayers of consecration.


    First Fridays at 7:00pm






     


  • The bricks have arrived and have been placed by the Blessed Virgin
    Mary Statue in front of the Parish Hall – they are on the “West” side of the statue.





     
  • National Catholic Register  



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  •  Make Donations Online

     

    Now you can set up weekly Sunday offerings with one entry for as many weeks as you choose, post donations for second collections, request mass intentions, memorial flowers or any similar type of payment...right from the comfort of your home.  And you can easily change, add or delete any transaction; you are in control!  Any questions?  Contact the office at 254.773.4541.



  • Announcing Permanent
    Website & Email ADDRESSES

    Thank you for your patience and understanding during the transition of parish email, domain and internet service to new providers.  With God's Grace we made it through without internet service for four (4) business days (Monday afternoon through Friday afternoon). Problem solved!  Please make note of the following information: 



    New website URL:  stmarytempletx.org

    Rev. Steve Sauser    (Pastor)     pastor@stmarytempletx.org

    Monica Guenat   (Bookkeeper)
    monica.guenat@stmarytempletx.org

    Leslie Grygar      (Acolyte)
    leslie.grygar@stmarytempletx.org

    James (Jim) Mason   (Director of Music)
    james.mason@stmarytempletx.org

    Lilia Medina   (Business Manager)
    lilia.medina@stmarytempletx.org

    Patricia St. Amour   (Director of Faith Formation)
    patricia.stamour@stmarytempletx.org

    Becky Theisen   (Parish Secretary/Receptionist)
    becky.theisen@stmarytempletx.org

    Parish Website   
    website@stmarytempletx.org

    Parish Office
    stmaryoffice@stmarytempletx.org

           

  • Calling All Parishioners!

    Help us clean up the membership database - it is in dire need of updating! If you have moved, changed a phone number or have never filled out a registration form, please contact the Parish Office at 254.773.4541 or email becky.theisen@stmarytempletx.org.  This will be of great assistance in providing accurate information to the Diocese, effective distribution of Offering envelopes and other important items. Spread the word and thank you in advance!

  •     BUILDING SURVEY

    Now is your chance!  Fill out the survey on building improvements. Click on photo to access survey.


     
        World Youth Day 2016
    July 25-Aug.1, 2016, Krakow, Poland. Click picture for news, live broadcasts, photo galleries, and other interesting events.

  • OUR CHOIR NEEDS YOU!



    Especially the 5:30pm Saturday and 7:30am Sunday masses.  We hear many beautiful voices coming from pews, so why not move just a little out of your comfort zone?  You'll be welcomed and so appreciated!  Call Jim Mason at 254.913.1259 for more information

  • Our Generous Ministries



    KJT Society #114 (Catholic Union of Texas) presented a check for $1500 to St. Mary Catholic School on May 18, 2016.  The funds will be used to provide Catholic education for children of Central Texas.  The donation was a result of KJT/Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fries, KJT Home Office Grant Funds and additional funds contributed by KJT Society #114.

  •             Flag Day 



    On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Temple KJT Society #114 (Catholic Union of Texas) sponsored a Flag Day Raising Ceremonty to honor our Nation's flag.  

  •     St. Mary's Gardens

    Join St Mary's Gardens Ministry on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30 am, to work in the gardens around the parish buildings and school and the rose garden for the Holy Innocents.  Bring gloves and your favorite garden tools. Call M. Everett or M. Lynch at 721-0931 or just show up for a morning of rewarding work and fellowship.