Monday, October 30, 2017

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Companions pray with me: 
Lord, I feel a chill in the air as I prepare this blog entry. I can not help but think about your homeless and your poor who will seek shelter today; please help them find the good will of many of your people.
Help me to point to you and your glory as I renew this blog and support people to share their love for you and one another however they can, especially in Gospel Sharing Groups.
Please forgive me for the times I have sought places of honor and failed to serve your people. Help me to encourage others to find the joy you desire for their lives.
After a summer of travel, marveling at the glory of your creation, I tell people, "I'm living the 'high life'." My heart swells with gratitude for all your gifts of family, friends, and the beauty of your life-sharing creation.
Please help us to use our minds, our hearts, and our hands to serve all in need of signs of your love, especially those in pain physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Please care for Hutch (surgery) and Jack Baker (cancer treatments).

Companion Events: Anniversary: Larry & Judy Lay (10/29); Birthdays:  Aidan Matthew Komon (10/30), Mike Lay (10/31), Eric Beck (11/1), Jenna Kathryn Frodl (11/1), Lugaid Brugha (11/2), Mike Norton (11/2), Elonore Kobza (11/4), Larry Pribyl (11/4).

Keeping In-touch: I have neglected this blog and have worked mainly with supporting the Gospel Sharing Groups connected to our The Emmaus Institute Site. I'm renewing my efforts with this "labor of love." Please use what will serve you... all feedback will be graciously received.
We have enjoyed a full summer visiting, camping, and traveling. I haven't taught for a while. Retreat or "retirement" allows me opportunity to enjoy people, places, and activities. But I'm savoring the relaxing time in our own home right now.

Some Commentary for prayer or study: The Sunday Website

My comments and an invitation for your comments: 
I do not seek places of honor. In fact, I avoid recognition because I appreciate all the gifts the Lord has given me and work to accept the challenge to use those gifts in the service of others. Anything I have or can do comes as a gift from Our Lord. I can learn from the Pharisees and the Sadducees: they become too concerned with rules, symbols, and their own importance and fail to bring life to others.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Edmund V. Lay 1/27/1925 - 3/24/17

Edmund (Ed) V. Lay, 92, died Friday, March 24, 2017 at Atria Park of Glen Ellen after complications from a fall a month earlier. He leaves two daughters and four sons and their families: Judy Cole, John (Margaret) Lay, Larry (Judy) Lay, Mary Ellen (Chuck) Olson, Don (Kristine) Lay, and Mike (Michele) Lay, 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
Born and raised in Spring Grove, Illinois son of Emma and John Lay, Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth (Betty Kilday) and a granddaughter, Elizabeth. He was also preceded in death by his sisters and brother: Agnus (Jerry) Klaus, Marie (Chuck) Weingart, Dorothy (Joseph Himpleman/ Paul Pitzen) and Leander (Jean) Lay.
After High School (McHenry), Ed attended Lake Forest College for a year before entering the Army, where he served for three years, most of his time in the China-Burma Theatre. He returned to complete his accounting degree at Loyola University and then joined Sears for his 38 year career as a managing executive in credit, accounting, and processing.
A very active member of Christ the King Parish, he taught religion classes (CCD), served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, worked in the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, participated as a member in the Knights of Columbus and attended daily Mass until his last days at home.
Ed enjoyed building Nativity yard scenes out of wood that can be seen all throughout the Village and in many other towns; he often said, “This is one way to keep Christ in Christmas.”
Sundays brought Ed joy as his grown children, grandchildren, and occasionally great grandchildren would join him to cheer for the Bears and the Cubs. He played tennis and golf into his 80s.

Marie (Lay) Weingart 12/22/1918 - 9/15/2016

Marie Weingart, age 97, of McHenry, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016 at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington, surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 22, 1918 in Spring Grove to John and Emma (Schmitt) Lay. Raised in Spring Grove, Marie was a 1936 graduate of McHenry High School. On April 29, 1944, Marie married Charles "Chuck" Weingart at St. Mary's Church in McHenry. Throughout her marriage, Marie was a supportive wife of her husband's career in the agricultural industry and operation of their farm located outside of McHenry. A woman of strong faith throughout her lifetime, Marie was a devoted member of St. Mary's Church in McHenry. Over the years, Marie participated in many church activities, including the Catholic Christian Women and Altar Sodality, and the Catholic Order of Foresters. She will be remembered for her overall kindness, her love of baking, as well as being a wonderful cook. Survivors include her children, Keith (JoEllen) Weingart, Richard (Terry) Weingart, and Charlene (Bill) Carle; her granddaughter, Katryna Weingart; her brother, Edmund Lay; and many nieces and nephews. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck, on November 28, 1991; and two sisters, Agnes Klaus and Dorothy Himpelman Pitzen; brother, Leander Lay.