Pastor’s Reflection for September 4, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

Labor Day Weekend is a good time to remember that the Lord entrusted us with the responsibility of continuing His work. We are to renew the face of the earth. He tells us “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.” We are His instruments in bringing His love, joy and peace to this world. We all have different talents to aid us in doing this work. St. Paul used the example of the body. He said that the body has different members – eye, nose, feet, hands, etc. – all working together for the good of the body. We all have different gifts but all are to be used for the health of the spiritual body which is the Church. Let us thank the Lord that we can share in His work of salvation. Let us not be idle but energetic in doing the work that the Lord has entrusted to each of us.

School bells will be ringing this week. We pray that all of our school children have a good year of learning. This is the time of formed education for our children. However, learning is a lifetime activity. We especially want to continue our spiritual growth in knowing Jesus as this way leads to eternal life. I encourage all of us to spend time growing in our knowledge of the faith. This work we are all called to is to tell the Good News. We need to know the Good News before we can share it.  Please take advantage of programs that are available to increase your knowledge. Scripture says that “people perish for lack of knowledge.”

We now have a Regional Bishop of the North Region. Fr. Mark O’Connell was ordained along with Fr. Robert Reed as Auxiliary Bishops on Wednesday, August 24. Bishop Mark has been assigned as the Regional Bishop of this area. We welcome him and ask the Lord to bless his ministry.

Cardinal Seán has asked all the parishes to take up a special collection to aid all those suffering from the flooding in Louisiana. This collection will be taken next weekend.

For your information, I previously mentioned putting handrails on the steps in the front of the Church. You would think it would be simple but there are certain codes that would make it such a major project that it would cause more problems with one affecting the bobcat’s ability to remove snow from the area. We are still working on it. It is not a huge need but would be a great addition.

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

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

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

God love you,