Pastor’s Desk: July 28 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

How do we pray? How do we speak to God? We gather each Sunday to pray together. During the week, we may take the opportunity to pray individually. We may wonder if God really hears our prayers if we are praying effectively. Today’s scripture selections give us an excellent opportunity to look for insight into how the Lord expects us to pray and what we can expect from our heavenly father.

The old tradition indicates that Saint Christopher, who was a Roman soldier, was baptized by a hermit and, with his advice, settled on the river, helping travelers. He died for his faith during persecution during the reign of Emperor Decius (around 250). As their patron saint, Saint Christopher worshiped carriers, porters, rafters and pilgrims. Today he is venerated as the patron of drivers, and his image decorates many vehicles. St. Christopher is commemorated in the liturgy of the Catholic Church on July 25th. This weekend, July 27th and 28th, I will be blessing all vehicles after Masses in the church parking lot.

Traditionally on a Mission Weekend, we are host to a missionary who shares with us the joys and challenges of churches in mission countries. Next weekend we will have special guest, Brother Donald Tardif, a member of Brothers of the Sacred Heart. The Brothers of the Sacred Heart are religious educators who staff schools and other establishments in over thirty countries. Your contribution will especially benefit needy students in the African Countries of Kenya, Lesotho, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Please be as generous as you can.

New Mass Book for 2020 is already open. If you would like to schedule a mass, please come to the rectory during office hours.

The Peter’s Collection was taken on the last weekend of June. Donations to this collection support the charitable works of Pope Francis for the relief of those most needed. We collected $1,163.50. Thank you for your generosity.

Customarily on the first Thursday of the month, I visit our sick parishioners in their homes. If you know any sick parishioner who would like to be visited by me, please let me know or call the rectory.

Have a blessed Summer!

Fr. Stan

July 28 Chimes



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