This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel passage is the parable about the rich man and Lazarus. Through the story, Jesus invites us to take a look at our own lives. Who is it that we do not notice? Who is it convenient to overlook? Who have we shut out of our lives? Why? Do we realize that we have been blessed with many good things? How do we share ourselves and our abundance with those in need? How do we show mercy to others?
Thanks to all who participated in the parish picnic last Sunday. It was great fun. Individuals and teams really got into their games, and got to know each other a little better through them. I am pretty sure that all those who did not win a prize at least took home a Saint John Paul II Parish pen. Thanks to all who made the picnic a success: those Council and Commission members who donated “munchies,” hotdog and hamburger buns, cups, plates and napkins, all those who brought delicious side dishes and desserts, those who set up, did the grilling, organized the games for the kids and adults, and those who cleaned up afterward. Congratulations to Yolanda Miles, winner of $109.00 from the 50/50 Raffle.
On Saturday, October 1, Bishop Cistone will be celebrating the 4:00 PM Eucharist at Saint John Paul II Parish. It is the annual Respect Life Mass which begins Respect Life Month (October), the theme of which is Moved by Mercy. The theme is based upon the following words of Pope Francis: “We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us.” Saturday’s Mass is an Episcopal as well as a Diocesan liturgy, so we will be having guests present for the Mass. As you know, the Cathedral is undergoing restoration and the Cathedral parish community has been celebrating Sunday liturgy at Saint Andrew Church. All the special Episcopal liturgies scheduled for the next several months are taking place at various churches throughout the diocese. Next Saturday, I ask you to show the best side of your warm hospitality to all who come to worship with us.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ