This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the Gospel passage, Jesus speaks to the disciples about the need to pray always. He tells the story about a widow who constantly pesters a judge to render a just decision for her against her adversary. He reaches the point at which he can no longer tolerate her persistence, and thus, he gives in and delivers a just decision. Jesus points out that, since the dishonest judge finally makes a just decision, the disciples need to heed what he says. Then Jesus tells them: “Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them?” Jesus emphasizes that God will see to it that justice is done speedily. Our persistence in prayer must be rooted in the trust that we matter to God, that he only wants what is best for us, that he really is looking out for us, and that his love for us is without end. I know that sometimes we can pray for something for a long time and may begin to wonder if God is listening to us. Most of us can testify that our persistence in prayer has made a difference. Since today’s Gospel deals with justice, we might reflect upon what kind of justice we pray to God for. With the situation in the Middle East, especially Syria, for what do we pray? Aware of people near and far who have experienced the devastating effects of storms, floods, and hurricanes, for what do we pray? As a country facing a presidential election, for what do we pray? Seeing the poor, the hungry, and the homeless in our own cities, for what do we pray? Hearing about or witnessing senseless violence, for what do we pray? Taking to heart the words of Jesus to pray always, let us be persistent in our prayer, knowing that God will act and will act with justice.
On Sunday, at the 9:30 AM Mass, we celebrate the Rite of Acceptance with Morgan Higgins who wishes to enter into the process of becoming a member of the Church. Please see the explanation of the Rite of Acceptance which Amy has written in today’s bulletin.
I wish to share with you that Patricia Preston will no longer be serving as Coordinator of Music Ministries at Saint John Paul II Parish. Pat resigned from her position, effective this past Friday, October 14. We thank Pat for her dedicated ministry over the years and particularly to Saint John Paul II Parish. We wish her God’s blessings and the best in her future endeavors.
Last month, Selection of Officers took place at the Pastoral Council and the Worship Commission meetings. Officers of the Pastoral Council are: Virginia Miklosovic (Chairperson), Rita Kontur (Vice-Chair), and Tammy Dupuis (Secretary). Officers of the Worship Commission are: Juanita Hadley (Chairperson), Janet Lamia (Vice-Chair), and Sharon Gembrowski (Secretary). Thank you to all for your willingness to serve our parish.
The Fall Craft Show and Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 5. I encourage you to support this parish event in whatever way you are able. Some ways in which you can help are: buying or selling raffle tickets (available this weekend), preparing some baked goods, being a greeter at the door, coming to the Craft Show itself and checking out the crafters, enjoying Mexican lunch, or contributing something for Santa’s Workshop. Please call the parish office if you are interested in helping out in any way, and the staff will point you in the right direction, or will pass your name along to the appropriate committee chairperson. The Fall Craft Show is a fundraiser that benefits the whole parish. I do hope you will consider being part of the event.
If you know of anyone in our parish celebrating a special event, receiving a special honor, or involved in a unique form of ministry or service to the community or the Church that we might publish in our “Good News to Share,” page in the bulletin, please let the parish office or a Pastoral Council member know. Many great things are happening around us that we may be unaware of. There are many good things to celebrate. Let’s make a point of acknowledging them.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ