This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. It is also Catechetical Sunday. The theme this year is “Living as Missionary Disciples,” something which applies not only to Catechists, but to all Christians. This Sunday presents us with the opportunity to reflect upon the role that each of us, by virtue of our Baptism, plays in handing on the faith and being witnesses to the Gospel. Today is an occasion for all of us to rededicate ourselves to this mission as a community of faith. In a special way, I would like to thank all of our Catechists for the important ministry they have undertaken so that God’s message may be shared from the youngest to the eldest members of our parish. Your commitment is greatly appreciated!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus answers a question presented to him by Peter: “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” We are very familiar with the response of Jesus: “I say to you not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” In other words: always. In last Sunday’s Gospel we were reminded that when people sin against us, we are first to go to them privately. If they do not listen, then we take other steps that were outlined in the Scripture passage. Nothing was mentioned about forgiveness at that point but Peter realized that there was something more than the person at fault simply admitting their sin. Because of his question and the answer Jesus gives, we are aware of the expectations for all followers of Jesus. We are called to extend the same love and forgiveness God offers us to all whom we encounter each day. It is not easy, but with God’s grace, we can be inclusive in our love and generous in our forgiveness.
This past week another phase of the carpeting and flooring project has been completed. The main entrance now has tile installed along with three carpet runners. In the sanctuary, both the altar and tabernacle platforms have been tiled. I will keep you posted on the next phases of the project (the moving of the font, the replacement of the tabernacle, and the enhanced shrine area of our patron, Saint John Paul II).
Please mark your calendars and save Sunday, October 22, the actual feast of Saint John Paul II. Because he is our patron and the Memorial Feast falls on a Sunday, we are permitted to celebrate it as a solemnity, with white vestments and the Scripture Readings assigned for the feast. Pastoral Council has planned a brunch that will follow the 9:30 AM Mass. Please watch for the sign-up sheets on the bulletin boards.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ