Pastor’s Reflection for October 30, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

This Tuesday, we celebrate the feast of All Saints, a holy day of obligation. Our Mass schedule can be found on page 5 of this week’s bulletin. It is a great holy day for it saints_and_martyrsreminds us that this is our vocation – to be a saint, to be a friend of God. This feast also encourages us to live the Christian life and to be followers of Jesus. We can follow the example of our brothers and sisters, who were faithful in living in the ways of the Lord, even to the point of giving up their life as martyrs for the faith. We tend to think of saints as more than human but in reality, they were weak and even sinful like us, but they never gave up, they did their best day by day in loving God and their neighbor. May this feast renew us in pursuing an intimate relationship with Jesus so that one day we will join our brothers and sisters around the throne of Jesus in the kingdom of heaven.

This week, we also celebrate the feast of All Souls. We pray for our beloved dead who are in need of purification before entering the fullness of life in heaven. In our tradition, we call this Purgatory. Praying for the souls in Purgatory is a spiritual work of mercy. If one dies unrepentant of a sin that is not mortal, there is a need for purification and our prayers help in hastening the process. We can offer prayer, have a Mass celebrated for their intention, offer some pain and suffering, do almsgiving or serve the needs of the poor. Even though one has died, we are all still connected in the body of Christ. May the souls of all departed rest in peace.

During the year, there are opportunities to gift to the Church. A few weeks ago, a sign that will direct people to the school was gifted. A new opportunity has arisen. We are in need of purchasing some new altar robes. Unfortunately, we have been informed that the style of altar robes that we currently have has been discontinued. So we need to purchase a new set of robes with different sizes so all the servers will match. The estimated cost of the new robes is around $700. If you wish to contribute to defray the cost, it would be welcomed.

As a reminder, our Healing Mass will be this Wednesday, November 2, starting with the recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m.

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, November 1, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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

God love you,