This weekend we celebrate the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. These last two weeks of the Church Year, the Scriptures contain a great deal of imagery related to the end times. In the Gospel passage prescribed for Sunday, Jesus warns his disciples about what to expect as the end of the world approaches. He tells them that there will be wars and insurrections, false prophets, earthquakes, famines and plagues. Yet, he says, “Not a hair on your head will be destroyed.” If we belong to Christ, we have nothing to fear when this world ends and when Christ comes again in glory. We neither know the time nor the hour, but we must be ready meet Christ face to face some day. This week would be a good time to reflect upon our spiritual lives, our relationship with God, ways in which we have been faithful to our baptismal call, and ways in which we may have fallen short. This month as we remember our beloved dead and assess our own spiritual state of readiness to meet the Lord, let us resolve to continue on the path that leads to everlasting life.
Please join us for the Liturgy of Remembrance this Tuesday, November 15, at 6:30 PM. At that liturgy, our beloved dead who have died since last November, will be remembered in a special way. Family members will walk in the entrance procession with a lit candle bearing the name of their loved one. The candle will be placed at the Baptismal font and remain there throughout the month of November as a reminder to us to continue to pray for them and their families.
If you did not sign up this past weekend for the parish Thanksgiving dinner but do intend to be present, please call the parish office (755-0828) by Wednesday Noon of this week.
I would like to extend a special thank you to all those who helped out in anyway with the Fall Craft Show and Bazaar. I hesitate mentioning any names lest I miss someone. You did a great job and it was so good seeing so many of you working together for the parish. Please check out next week’s bulletin for a summary of expenses and proceeds.
We are two short weeks away from entering into the Season of Advent. The Parish Worship Commission is asking all of us to be at Church by 3:45 pm on Saturday and 9:15 am on Sunday for an extended time of reflection before Mass. Each week of Advent, a short reflection will be read along with some questions for personal reflection. These “spiritual exercises” each week will help us enter more deeply into the season of longing and light, of keeping vigil for the final coming of Christ, and of preparing for Christ’s coming at Christmas. Prepare now how you will plan your morning or afternoon in order to arrive at church a bit earlier than usual those four weeks of Advent.
The picture below, though difficult to see clearly, depicts another of the highlights of the Diocesan Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage. We, pilgrims, had a whole hour to ourselves in the Sistine Chapel with an excellent tour guide. It was truly an amazing spiritual experience.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ