This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus answers a question regarding divorce. In prohibiting divorce, Jesus quotes Genesis: “…the two shall become one flesh. So, they are no longer two but one flesh.” Husband and wife become one in heart, one in hope, and one in love. In the sacrament of Matrimony, marriage is more than a legal contract between two parties; it is a living sign of God’ presence and grace in our midst. It is a manifestation of God’s unconditional love that has no end, and has no limit to its ability to give and forgive. It is not simply a life-style but a vocation in which two people enter into a sacred covenant and an unbreakable bond (“until death do us part”) which reflects God’s unconditional and eternal love for his people. This week let us give God thanks and praise for all those called to the vocation of marriage. Let us affirm them and pray that they remain faithful to one another “in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health,” and that they will love and honor one another all the days of their lives.
Special thanks to Father Emmanuel Akpobolokemi who has been part of the Sunday and weekday rotation of priests who have been helping out with Masses in the diocese. (As we have heard again and again, there is a real shortage of priests which we are experiencing firsthand in our diocese). Father Emmanuel who is from Nigeria has been ordained for 12 years and has done some studies at Boston College. This past year he was serving at Saint Dominic Parish. Since the end of that assignment (July 1), while awaiting confirmation of a new assignment, hopefully in the states, Father Emmanuel has been helping out in the Diocese of Saginaw.
Next Sunday is Corporate Communion for the Knights of Columbus here at Saint John Paul II Parish. Jim Callahan, a parishioner and a Knight of Columbus, will be sharing a short message with us that weekend. Please note that next Sunday is also the monthly K of C Breakfast, the proceeds of which will benefit Saint John Paul II Parish. Thanks for supporting the Knights of Columbus and their charitable works.
The next sessions for EM of Holy Communion who wish to renew their certification will take place in church on: Tuesday, October 16 from 5:30–6:30 PM and on Wednesday, October 17 (after 8:30 AM Mass) from 9:15-10:15 AM. Names of those required to take this class with Sister Chris are posted on the bulletin boards.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ