This weekend we celebrate the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus is sitting by the roadside in today’s Gospel passage. When he hears that Jesus of Nazareth is nearby, he cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.” Many people try to get him to keep quiet but he cries out all the louder for Jesus to have pity on him. Soon he is directed to come to Jesus. Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replies, “Master, I want to see.” Then Jesus says, “Go, your faith has saved you,” and immediately the blind man receives his sight. In spite of seeming obstacles, Bartamaeus is able to approach Jesus, and is given sight. Each day we have the opportunity to approach Jesus without obstacles; each day we are able to approach him in prayer. Today, Jesus asks each of us: “What do you want me to do for you?” What is our response?
If you have not yet picked up your raffle tickets for the Fall Craft Show and Bazaar, you should be receiving them in the mail soon. All families are being asked to either sell or purchase $10.00 worth of tickets. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. (Each envelope contains 12 tickets). The Craft Show and Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 7th in the Education Center from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
The last formation session for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in the diocese will take place at Saint Matthew Church on Saturday, October 31 at 1:00 PM. This formation session is required for All Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion throughout the Diocese of Saginaw who are involved in that ministry at weekday Mass, Sunday Mass, or in ministry to the sick and homebound on a regular basis or an occasional basis. To continue in that ministry one must attend one of the sessions on the theology of Eucharist that Father Jim has been presenting before you are deputed by the bishop, commissioned publicly, and receive a three-year certificate. If you have not yet attended a formation session, next Saturday will be the last opportunity to do so. If you plan on attending, please call the Parish Office (989-755-0828).
Next Sunday, we step out of the Sundays in Ordinary Time to celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. Next Monday is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). As usual, we will have Morning Prayer. However, if you wish to attend Mass on that Day, you may consider the 8:30 AM Mass at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church. On Tuesday, November 3, the 6:30 PM Mass will be celebrated at the main parish church (Saint Josaphat Church site) and we will celebrate our annual Remembrance of the Dead Liturgy. Since last November, twenty-six of our parishioners have died; their names will be called out and a family member will come forward to light a candle in their memory. The candles will remain by the baptismal font throughout the month of November (until Advent begins) and will be lit at each Eucharist we celebrate that month. Family members are encouraged to bring some kind of memorabilia (e.g. a prayer card, photograph, etc.) that may be placed on a table near the baptismal font. The first four weekends of November, a special Memorial page will appear in the bulletin listing the names of our beloved dead whose funeral liturgies took place in the parish since last November.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ