Congratulations, Sister Phyllis Klonowski! Saint John Paul II Parish is delighted to celebrate your Golden Jubilee with you this weekend. Your life of dedicated service to the Church has been for us, and all whose lives you have touched, a witness of fidelity to God who has called you to the consecrated life. It reminds all of us that we, too, must be faithful to the vocation we have received from God. We pray that God continue to bless you with his love and grace in the years ahead, and that you continue to find deep spiritual fulfilment in your call and charism as a Dominican Sister.
This Sunday’s Gospel passage is the parable of the 10 virgins awaiting the bridegroom. Five are wise and five are foolish. The wise virgins have enough oil in their vessels along with reserves and the foolish ones have only their vessels. The bridegroom is delayed in coming. By the time he arrives, the wise virgins are prepared to meet him. The foolish virgins have to leave and go buy extra oil. By the time they return the wedding feast has begun and the doors are locked. They were neither able to meet the bridegroom nor join in the feast. At the end of the Gospel passage Jesus says: “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” As the Liturgical Year nears its end, the Scripture Readings have us reflect upon the end times, our own death, and our readiness to meet Christ when he comes to us to lead us to the eternal banquet of heaven. At baptism, we were given a lighted candle. We, or in the case of infants, our parents and Godparents were told to keep the flame of faith alive in our hearts. The actual words from the Rite of Baptism are: Parents and Godparents, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. He/she is to walk always as a child of the light. May he/she keep the flame of faith alive in his/her heart. When the Lord comes, may he/she go out to meet him with all the saints in the heavenly kingdom. So, how is the flame of faith in your heart doing? If you are a parent or a Godparent, how have you helped keep that flame of faith kindled in your own child or God-child?
As noted in today’s bulletin, our annual parish Thanksgiving dinner will take place next Saturday, November 18, following Mass in the Parish Center (Harrison Street). If you did not have the opportunity to sign up on the bulletin boards at church, please call the Parish Office (755-0828) by Noon on Wednesday (November 15). Besides bringing a dish to pass, you are asked to bring an item for the food pantry.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ