Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend we celebrate the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The Gospel passage invites us to reflect upon the two great commandments of love.  Jesus addresses them today in response to a question posed to him by the Pharisees.  “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all our mind,” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” Jesus says.    Let us ask ourselves how we pattern our lives on these two commandments.

What a wonderful gathering we had for our feast day brunch last Sunday!  Nearly 100 parishioners gathered for the meal.  Numerous comments and expressions of gratitude were extended for the opportunity to come together and celebrate after Mass.  Thanks to all who helped out in any way to make this brunch possible! 

Wednesday, the Solemnity of All Saints, is a holy day of obligation.  Please see our parish Mass schedule along with the schedule of Masses within our Vicariate in today’s bulletin.  The variety of times should make it easy to a find a Mass that meets your schedule.

Our annual “Remembrance of the Dead” Liturgy will take place at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, November 7.  At this liturgy, all those in our parish who have died since last November 1 will be remembered with special candles placed near the baptismal font and lit in memory of each of them.  Their families have been invited to attend this special Mass.  Please join us for the celebration.  Throughout the month of November, the names of these beloved dead will appear in the bulletin each week and on the bulletin boards in church.

I would like to inform you that the (flat) roof on both the east and west sides of our church building needs to be replaced.  Two weeks ago, a leak was discovered coming from the flat roof on the east side of church.  After we checked it out on our end, I called Herbert Roofing (which deals with flat roofs) to assess the situation.  It was beyond the repair stage, as the rubber had come apart from various areas of the sides of roof and, the water, rather than draining, had settled beneath the rubber, creating a very heavy, soggy, spongy area.    (I was actually up on the ladder so that I could see the situation for myself).  The assessment reported that the west side of the roof was even worse than the east side.  Pictures were provided.  The Parish Finance Council is aware of the situation and is in process of obtaining three bids to replace the flat roof on both sides of church and get it done before winter.

Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ