What kind of attitude do we bring with us to Mass each weekend? Do we feel proud of ourselves for what we have accomplished this week? Or do we feel inadequate, sorry for all the times we’ve failed, aware of our human weaknesses? As we celebrate the Eucharist together, let us examine our consciences and recognize our need for God’s mercy.
Although I came back from the pilgrimage to Italy 10 days ago, my memories are still very vivid. I’m grateful to God for giving me this opportunity to pray and visit so many beautiful and meaningful places both to our western culture and to our faith. I would like to express my gratitude to all participants for your faith, friendship with each other and profound respect for our traditions and values. It was a good time which allowed us to recharge our batteries. Thanks to all of you for keeping us in your prayers. Be sure we kept you and your loved ones in our prayers every day of this pilgrimage.
Our projects in the cafeteria and kitchen are coming to an end. We have reached the last part which is more of a cosmetic stage of the projects (put things together and be sure they work). It will be a great joy and satisfaction to see these projects finished and even more to use these areas for our parish purposes.
31st Annual Game Day will be on Sunday, November 10th. We have a special price for our parishioners – $20.00. You can buy tickets at the back of the church after every mass. More details about tickets and raffles may be found in the Chimes.
Last weekend the second collection was taken for World Mission Sunday. We collected $1,186.00. Thank you for your generosity.
This coming Friday we will celebrate All Saints’ Day followed by All Souls’ Day on Saturday. All Saints is a celebration of the communion of saints, those people we believe are in heaven. Masses are at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. All Souls’ Day is a day to pray for all souls. On All Souls Day, we will have a special memorial Mass at 9:00 a.m. During this mass, we will pray for our faithful departed, especially those who passed away last year.
On All Souls’ Day, Catholic churches have a Book of the Dead, in which parishioners have an opportunity to write the names of relatives to be remembered. That’s placed near the altar through the month of November. In our Church, the Book of the Dead will be exposed in front of Mary’s altar. Feel free to write in it names of your faithful departed.
Beginning on All Saints’ Day, November 1st, and throughout the month of November, we invite parishioners to bring pictures of your deceased loved ones and place them on Mary’s altar. Please be sure to label the back of your photo with your name, address, and phone number.
Let the joyful celebration of the feast of All Saints strengthen our faith in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come, which we profess every Sunday.
God bless you,