St Sharbel Mission—Raleigh ,NC

DECEMBER 6, 2014
St Sharbel Mission—Raleigh ,NC
Weekly Bulletin October 5 , 2014
@ St Sharbel Mission
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of property had a certain time limit. Things weren’t yours forever.
Moreover doing all of this was not considered as virtue; these were laws, legal
And there was a double intent behind these laws. On the one hand, they were intended for the health of the one who was giving something away to the poor and,
at the same time, they were an attempt to ensure that the poor did not become so
destitute so that they would have to steal what they needed in order to live.
We have much to learn from this as a society. For the most part we are generous
and charitable people. We give away some of our surplus and, despite warnings
from professionals who work with street people that this isn’t helpful, our hearts
are still moved by those begging on our streets and we continue to slip them money (even as we don’t believe their claim that they need money for food or busfare). For the most part, our hearts are still at the right place.
But, we tend to see this as something we are doing purely for someone else without realizing that our own health is a vital part of the equation. Further, we tend to
see this as virtue more than as obligation, as charity more than as justice. And
perhaps it’s for this reason that, despite our good hearts and our generosity, the
gap between the rich and the poor, both with our own culture and within the
world as a whole, continues to widen. Millions and millions of people continue to
fall through the cracks without the getting the benefit, in law, to reap the corners
of our wealth and have their debts forgiven every seven years.
We need to give to the poor because they need it, admittedly; but we need to do it
too because we cannot be healthy unless we do this. And we need to see our giving not so much as charity but as obligation, as justice, as something we owe.
On this deathbed, Vincent de Paul is reputed to have challenged his followers
with words to this effect: It is more blessed to give than to receive- and it is also
Building Home to St Sharbel
909 Church Street, Morrisville, NC
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1) Luncheon: Sunday October 5
after Liturgy @ Jacoba Hall. $5 for
Kafta or chicken Sandwish with Drink & Nammoura
2)Rosary Prayer: Ever y Sunday at 12:45 pm Befor e Litur gy. Dur ing the
month of October
3)Bible Studies: will be r esumed once on the Second Fr iday of Ever y
Month. Bible Studies will be hosted at Parishioners Houses.
4)Arabic Classes & Arts & Crafts Activities: Befor e and After Litur gies.
5)Dabke Dance . For r egistr ation please contact Mira at 919-279-3618
Sundays Liturgies -Chapel Mary Mother of the Angels
St Francis of Assisi 11401 Leesville * Raleigh, NC 27613
Mailing Address: P.O.BOX 4093 * Cary, NC 27519
Office Hours: Mon.–Thurs. 10AM –4PM * Phone: 305-807-9087
New Website: * email : [email protected] *
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Liturgy Sunday October 5, 2014
@ 1PM
Will be Celebrated at Jacoba Hall
- St Francis of Assisi
3rd Sunday of the holy cross
Sunday October 5, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
 For: In Honor of Yvonne Majlaton By The
Monday October 6, 2014 @ 6pm St Thomas
For: Good Health of Zeina Hanna By The Pastor
Tuesday October 7, 2014 @ 6pm St sarkis (Sergius)
For: Mer cedes Isaias By The Pastor
Wednesday October 8, 2014 @ 6 pm St Pelagia
For: Ivana Villanueva By: The Pastor
Thursday October 9, 2014 @ 6pm St. James
For: Har es Bijjany By The Pastor
Friday, October 10, 2014, No Liturgy
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Charlotte Mission
4Th Sunday of the holy cross
Sunday October 12, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
 For: In Thanksgiving for the Golf Committee
By The Pastor
Peace. That the Lord may grant peace to those parts
of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day. That World Mission Day may
rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.
TO GROW Together
- Liturgy Donations
Liturgy September 28, 2014 : $450.00 * Coffee Hour: $12.00
2nd Collection October 19, 2014: World Mission Day
Donations from Catholic Mission: $5000.00 Donate Online:
Ronald Rolheiser
We need to give to the poor, not
because they need it, though they
do, but because we need to do that
in order to be healthy. That’s an
axiom that is grounded in scripture
where, time and again, we are
taught that giving to the poor is
something that we need to do for
our own health.
We see this truth expressed in
many religions and cultures. For
example, a number of indigenous
North American people practiced
something they called potlatch. This was a festival, sometimes attached to the
celebration of a birth or wedding, at which a rich person gave away gifts to the
community. Its primary purpose was to ensure a certain distribution of wealth
but also to ensure that wealthy individuals stayed healthy by being solicitous in
terms of not accumulating too much wealth. Too much excess, it was believed,
left a person unhealthy. This has been a perennial belief in most cultures.
In Christianity we have enshrined this in the challenge to be charitable to the
poor and we have classically seen our giving to the poor as a virtue, rightly so.
Charitable giving is a virtue; but, for a Christian, perhaps it’s more obligation
than virtue. When we look at the Law of Moses in scripture we see that a certain
amount of giving to the poor was prescribed by law. The idea was that giving to
the poor was an obligation, not a negotiable moral option. Simply put, the Law
of Moses obligated people, legally, to give to the poor.
Scripture abounds with examples of this. Consider, for example, these precepts
and laws:
First of all, the Law of Moses assumed that everything we have belongs to
God and is not really ours. We are only its stewards and guardians. We may enjoy it at God’s pleasure, but ultimately it’s not ours. (Leviticus 25,23)
Every seventh year, all slaves were to be set free and each was to take with
him or her enough of the master’s goods to be able to live an independent life.
(Deuteronomy 15, 14).
Every seventh year all economic debts were to be cancelled (the original
meaning of the “statute of limitations”).
Every seventh year one’s land was to lie fallow and enjoy its own Sabbath.
During that year, the land’s owner not only didn’t sow anything, he or she didn’t
reap anything either. The poor were to reap whatever the fields and vineyards
produced that year.
And, at all times, landowners were forbidden to reap and harvest the corners of their fields, with the intent that these edges were to be reaped by the poor.
Finally, even more radically, every fiftieth year all lands were to be restored
to the original tribe or household who had first owned them. One’s “ownership”