I invite everyone and especially all parish families with children to join us in prayer of the Family Mass this Sunday, Oct. 21st at 10:00 a.m. Youth of our parish will be actively participating in various liturgical ministries at that Mass and the Pastor will be preaching to both children and the adults.
Last Sunday, Oct. 14th, Pope Francis pronounced two new Catholic Saints, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romeo. St. Paul VI is perhaps best remembered for presiding over most of the Second Vatican Council and for his encyclical Humanae Vitae (1968). The latter document became controversial to many Catholics, as it clearly presented the Church’s official teaching on the sanctity of human life from the very moment of conception, it affirmed the traditional teaching on marriage and rejected artificial birth control.
Also last weekend I went to see a new low budget movie “Gosnell” based on the real historical 2010 police murder case from Philadelphia. Kermit Barron Gosnell, a physician and abortionist was convicted and sentenced for life in prison for murdering three infants who were born alive during attempted abortion procedures. A very detailed well documented timeline can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kermit_Gosnell. The movie is rated PG-13, to appeal to the widest audience, but it will inform and possibly disturb those with a formed conscience and an open mind. As we live in a fast changing society and culture losing its Judeo-Christian based moral compass, moving in the direction of de-humanizing life, I would recommend seeing it in this pro-life month of October. I believe it would make for a good teaching moment and a discussion starter for families, church groups, youth ministry, etc.
This Monday, Oct. 22, the Church commemorates the Pope Saint John Paul II (the Great). All are invited to an evening of reflection from 6:30-8:30 pm. Confessions will start at 6:30 pm and rosary led by the Altar and Rosary Society starts at 7:00 pm, veneration of the First Class relic of JPII (a drop of his blood) in the church after the rosary at church, followed by a 30 minute movie about the Pope, and a light social in the hall.
Soon the Church will celebrate and commemorate ALL SAINTS in heaven on Nov. 1st, and ALL SOULS, those on the way to heaven suffering in Purgatory, on Nov. 2nd. The Risen Christ asked St. Faustina to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and offer sacrifices for the dying souls and those in purgatory. The highest form of any prayer is the one offered by Jesus when he offered himself to his Father in perfect obedience on the cross. It is the Holy Mass when He invites us every time we celebrate it to enter into the mystery of Christ dying and rising for us and for all people of good will and the suffering souls in Purgatory. We can help our deceased loved ones and friends through this perfect prayer by including their names in the All Souls Novena of Masses starting Nov. 2nd. We invite all families who lost a loved one in the past year to a special All Souls Mass on Nov. 2nd at 6:30 pm, when all the names of people buried from our church in the past year will be solemnly proclaimed and commemorated with a lit candle.