The month of November is the time when the Church traditionally recalls those who have gone before us. We mourn their loss, we pray for their souls, we hope to be reunited with them when we ourselves die. As it is the end of the liturgical year (it will begin anew in two weeks with Advent), we also bring to mind the end of time. Though we cannot know the day nor the hour, our trust and hope is in the Lord.
Please be generous in this week’s second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In the United States, one in seven people lives in poverty. With this collection you support programs that address the causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for those who are struggling across the country. In addition, 25 percent of funds collected remains in our diocese to fund local anti-poverty projects. More information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development can be found at www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.
The 30th Annual Game Day was held last Sunday, and I am happy to report that it was a big success! The spirit was good, and it seems everyone enjoyed the day. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all involved in planning and working hard to make this event a success. Since we are still working on the final profit for Game Day, please expect more details in next weekend’s bulletin.
I wish to invite you on a spiritually inspiring pilgrimage to Italy! Italy’s timeless art and architecture, history and symbols representing two thousand years of Christian faith have fascinated travelers for centuries.
Our pilgrimage takes us to Venice, the city of waterways, gondolas and picturesque bridges where we will visit the Basilica of St. Mark with its magnificent mosaics expressing the story of faith, the Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. On to Florence, home to Michelangelo’s David and the finest collection of Renaissance art in the world. Next stop is the small hilltop city of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Here we will visit the Basilica of St. Francis, the Church of St. Clare and Santa Maria degli Angeli with its ‘thornless rose bush’.
We’ll end our pilgrimage in Rome, the Eternal City, an artistic and historical gift to the world. We’ll visit Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo’s original frescoes in the Sistine Chapel including the famous Last Judgment and the Creation of Man. The highlight of our visit will be an Audience with Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, if available.
Come share in this time of prayerful celebration. I am sure you will be pleased with this tour for it is both high in value and low in cost. Our pilgrimage will be a joyful journey designed to highlight our Catholic faith, help us appreciate its historical past and view the art which was inspired by our Church.
Please look over the one-page flyer you can find at the exits. If you decide to participate in the pilgrimage you may ask for a colorful brochure, with more information about the pilgrimage.
On Thanksgiving Day only one Mass will be celebrated, at 9:00 am. Please come to the church and celebrate together this coming Thanksgiving. Many of us have tons of blessings we should be thankful for.