FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we draw closer to the remembrance of ALL SOULS’S DAY MASS, I once again want to call your attention to the envelope that is in your packet of envelopes and the envelopes on the tables at the entrances of the church. Please return the envelope with the name of your loves once that you would like the priests to remember at every Mass throughout the month of November. We will have the envelopes placed before “our shrine” in the sanctuary with the names of those who have died this past year from OLV.
And please mark the date of November 15th at 7:00 PM on your calendars. That is the date we will have our MASS OF REMEMBERANCE for those who have died this past year from our parish. Families will be invited to participate in the lighting of a candle after the homily in memory of their deceased loved family member, signifying their conviction in faith that after death life begins anew with God forever in heaven. A letter of invitation will be sent out with more details to each respective family.
Part of the JUBLIEE YEAR OF MERCY CELEBRATION is for us to recognize the gracious mercy of our Loving Father. Every one of us is in need of this mercy; this becomes the key to salvation. However, this year’s celebration is two pronged – God’s mercy towards us and then our mercy towards others. Again, I came across a passage from Henri Nouwen. He writes, “The question is not: How many people take you seriously? How much are you going to accomplish? Can you show some results? But: Are you in love with Jesus? Perhaps another way of putting the question would be: Do you know the incarnate God? In our world of loneliness and despair, there is an enormous need for men and women who know the heart of God, a heart that forgives, that cares, and that reaches out and wants to heal. In that heart there is no suspicion, no vindictiveness, no resentment, and not a tinge of hatred. It is a heart that wants only to give love and receive love in response. It is a heart that suffers immensely because it sees the magnitude of human pain and the great resistance to trusting the heart of God who wants to offer consolation and hope.”
· It is my hope, as your pastor, that as we do wind down this year’s celebration, we have come to know God’s mercy and love much more in our lives and that we are willing to give that love and mercy to others as a response to God. And so I once again emphasize the question Henri Nouwen asks, “Are you in love with Jesus?”
Once again, I want to THANK all those parishioners who are contributing to the MATCHING FUNDS PROGRAM THROUGH THE GOODNESS OF JOE AND SUE ROGACS. Joe and Sue have pledged matching funds of $50,000.00 is we raise $50,000.00 for the new Wi-Fi system now in place in our school. The new internet connection replaces an outdated system and has impacted the student computer use in a very positive way. Contributions are still being taken and if you want to help in this wonderful project, payments can be made to the rectory through mail or through the Sunday collection basket, by placing your contribution in an envelope marked, “MATCHING FUNDS”. I thank Joe and Sue for their tremendous generosity towards the church and school. I pray that God may bless them for their goodness and kindness.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current she whacked him with a handy plank of wood by the back door, breaking his arm in two places. Until that moment he had been happily listening to his Walkman.