Deacon's Corner


Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Nov. 19th, 2017- 

   We continue where last week's Gospel ended with another parable on watchfulness and preparedness. This week's parable focuses more on being prepared by applying the "talents" the Master has given us in a way that we provide a positive return on His investment. Next week's Gospel picks up where today's Gospel ends and speaks to us of the Last Judgement; completing Jesus fifth and final discourse as we celebrate the final Sunday in this Church Year. Take this week to considered all that God has given you in your life and what account you can give for a return on investment. Then consider if it is time to rebalance your portfolio of time, talent and treasure more in favor of God as you begin the New Year in the Church in two weeks.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue

Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Nov. 12th, 2017- 

   We are now in the third of three chapters in
Matthew (23-25) collectively called the "Discourse on the End Times". They deal with the end of this world and the beginning of the world to come. Last week we heard the opening of the discourse as Jesus turns to the crowds and his disciples and cautions them to do as the Scribes and Pharisees say but not do as they do. Jesus would then go on to offer the woes for their doing wrong. The discourse continues in Chapter 24 (which we skip over) with a description of the Second Coming of Christ and our need for watchfulness. Today's Gospel with reiterates the importance of watchfulness in the "Parable of the Ten Maidens". Take the time these next three weeks to meditatively read through these three Chapters so that we can begin our new Church Year watchful of our actions with the end in mind!
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Nov. 5th, 2017- 

   We hear today from the Prophet Malachi as he speaks to the Levites who were chosen by God from among the 12 tribes of Israel to teach the Jewish people to live in right relationship with God. The role of teacher was assigned to the priest and the priest was assisted behind the scenes by the Simple Levite which is the Jewish equivalent of a deacon. If you or someone you know are between the ages of 30 and early fifties, have felt the call or seemed called to an ordained ministry at some point in life; the role of Simple Levite (aka Deacon) may be just what God had in mind! Give Deacon Dennis a call at: (315) 406-1538 if you or someone you know may wish to explore this possibility.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of October 29th, 2017- 

   Cindy and I grew up in the Anthracite Coal Region of Pennsylvania. We both had grandparents who were immigrants, spoke a foreign language and worked in the mines. Our other grandparents, while first generation Americans, had strong connection to the dangerous mining industry. We were both steeped in the history of mining by our families and the trials they endured to make a living and a better life for the next generation. One story that sticks in my mind is my maternal grandfather was crushed my a mule in the mine and dropped off on my grandmothers porch with the message that if he recovered his job was there for him and what went unsaid was if he does not they would be thrown out of the mining home they had to rent from the company who made them indentured slaves. There was no investigation of the accident because the mule was not injured! Todays readings tell us that we have an obligation to care for the refugee and the immigrant both to welcome and assist these folks into our community. Knowing my own family history and how we were aided by the Church, I feel a deep obligation to welcome others to our country and community. Since Cindy and my story is not that different many in our nation and community, I am always surprised at how many people forget the undo struggles our families endured and do not translate that into providing a better path for those entering now in consideration of what our grandparents endured for us. It seems not only a moral obligation but as we hear today it is also a directive from God.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of October 22nd, 2017- 

   As we prepare to enter the bottom of the ninth inning in game seven of the Matthean Gospel series, the opposing Pharisee team conspires with another opponent to have the pitcher of a perfect game thrown out on a technicality before he has had a chance to bat. This despite the fact that he had pitched three parables right down the strike zone for their star hitters at the top of the inning. They all struck out looking! I hope you enjoyed this seasonal adaptation of today's Gospel story.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



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Week Of October 15th, 2017- 

   We hear for the fifth straight week from St Paul's "letter of joy" to the Philippians. St Paul is writing from prison and were he is awaiting a death sentence. Yet his only concern seems to be for the welfare of his beloved church community in Phillipi. How is this possible? St Paul's answer, given in today's reading, is regardless of our circumstances we "can do all things in him who trengthens" us. God will provide if we put our full trust in God! Take some time this week to reread our second reading these last five Sundays as if they were written to you as an advice column for better living.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of October 8th, 2017- 

   Jesus continues this Sunday to use a vineyard as the motif for his parables on our response to God's invitational call. There is a progression in the call if you look at the last three Sunday Gospels together. First was an indirect call to come into the vineyard and work with others for a just wage, next was a direct request to "go out and work" the vineyard you will inherit and now there is an accounting ti be made not of hours worked but fruit produced in the vineyard entrusted to us. Our baptism makes us potential heirs but it our fruitful response to God's direct and indirect calls that determines the final inheritance. In a few weeks we will hear Jesus fifth and final discourse in Matthew which deals with the "last things". Stay tuned!
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of October 1st, 2017- 

   Jesus again speaks a parable set in the Vineyard in hopes this time to move the Jewish leaders into accepting the Will of God and the new covenant being established by Christ. It is obvious by their verbal response that they hear and know what is right but now they must also do the Will of God and not simply provide lip service to the New Covenant. This was the message Jesus gave last week to his disciples (us); when God calls we must go out into the vineyard and harvest while the sun is shining. God is always calling we simply need to hear his voice and then begin to labor before evening arrives and the just wage is paid for all who actual went out to do the work.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue