Pastor’s Reflection for October 25, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

We are coming to the end of this month. Can you believe it will be November next Sunday? On Wednesday, October 28, we celebrate the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude. St. Jude, known as Thaddeus, is not the same person as Judas Iscariot, who betrayed the Lord and despaired of his great sin and lack of trust in God’s Mercy. We invoke St. Jude when in desperate situations because his New Testament letter stresses that the faithful should persevere in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances, just as their forefathers had done before them. Therefore, he is the patron saint of desperate cases.

There has been so much talk about issues concerning Planned Parenthood. Again, it is a national tragedy that we allow the killing of the innocent babies in their mother’s womb. At Lourdes, Mary identified herself as the Immaculate Conception, giving us heavenly instruction as to when life begins. I was forwarded an email that had a video of a woman who survived a botched abortion. I found it to be very moving. You see one who was on the verge of having her life taken. Her statement before a Congressional Committee is very inspiring. You can see the video by logging on to our website;

http://www.stjosephwakefield.org/abortion-survivor-testifies-before-house-oversight-committee/

For your information;

  • The town did much construction late summer in repaving the streets and making the sidewalks handicap accessible. Their work on our side of Albion Street did a bit of damage on our grassy area. This week they will do some work installing granite curbing to the damaged site.

 

  • We will be having the plaza and chapel area sidewalk washed clean. Our well water has so much iron that it discolors the sidewalk area that gets wet when the sprinklers water the grass and bushes. A parishioner has offered to pay the cost of the work.

 

  • You may have noticed the awning at the parking lot entrance. This will help alleviate the ice problem during the winter months. This is one part of the solution. We are working on other remedies. The awning was a gift to the parish.

 

  • The Dominican Sisters and all the other missionaries speak of how generous this parish is whenever they come. Thank you for supporting these ministries.

As you can see, we have many generous people who contribute to the parish and I am grateful for their generosity. I thank all of you for what you do in support of the parish.

I will be available for confession this week on Wednesday, October 28, from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,

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