On this Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
, the confilct between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders continues to mount. In today's reading, they try to "set up" an opposition between obedience to civil law and covenant fidelity, thus requiring Jesus to make a choice between them. Jesus sees their ruse and affirms the just claims of both: "...repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."
This weekend is World Mission Sunday
. Pope Francis reminds us in his World Mission Sunday message, "World Mission Sunday is a privileged moment when the faithful of various continents engage in prayer and concrete gestures of solidarity in support of the young Churches in mission lands." This past week, I received an email from Ashley and Michael Leen who are serving as Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Tanzania in East Africa. Michael acknowledges our support and call our attention to the interview that "The Catholic Spirit" ran on them in Recognition of our work as missioners in celebration of World Mission Sunday. You may read the interview at: http://thecatholicspirit.com/special-sections/world-mission-sunday/qu-maryknoll-lay-missioners-ashley-michael-leen
. As we join in prayer and offer gifts of support to help provide spiritual and physical support to struggling communities, we are in communion with every other parish in the world as they celebrate and take up offerings for World Mission Sunday on the same day. Your generosity of prayer and financial support make it possible for God's Word to be lived among 1,150 young and developing dioceses throughout the world, helping to raise up the dignity of those who struggle with spiritual and physical needs. If you are new to the community or do not have a specially marked envelope, extras may be found on the Information Desk in the Gathering Space. The envelopes will be collected as a part of the regular collection. Your generosity is appreciated by all those serving overseas.
If you are new to the community, or would like to get involved in one or more of our liturgical ministries, including Hospitality Minister, Altar Server, Lector, or Eucharistic Minister, a listing and brief description of each ministry is available at the information Desk in the Gathering Space. Please return the attached sign-up form to the parish office by the end of October and you will be included in the training in November and scheduled beginning the first Sunday of Advent. Any questions, please call Fr. Mark or Andrea Grasse at the parish office.
Saturday, November 1, is the Feast of All Saints
and this year Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am. During Mass we will sing the Litany of Saints and remember those from our community who have died or have been buried in our cemetery this past year. A sign-up for liturgical ministry is posted in the Gathering Space. On Sunday, November 2, we commemorate All the Faithful Departed (All Souls).
Again this day we express our faith in the communion of saints and our need to pray especially for those who died in their human imperfection and await final entrace into the joy of heaven. During all of our weekend Masses, everyone will have an opportunity to remember their beloved dead in a special ritual after the homily. We will also gather around the statue of St. Joseph at 12:00 noon in our cemetery, weather permitting, for a brief prayer service and an opportunity to visit the graves of those who have died we also need to provide for the care of the place they are buried. Please consider making a contribution for the perpetual care
of St. Joseph's Cemetery; please mark your contribution accordingly. Cremation and conventional graves are available. To pruchase a grave, please call the church office.
I am in the process of scheduling my fall pastoral visits
. The pastoral care of individuals and families is very important to me and my ministry. If you or a family member is hospitalized, homebound, anticipating or recovering from surgery or receiving hospice care and would like to receive the Sacraments (Reconciliation, Anointing and Communion) or would like a visit by your pastor for any reason, please give me a call.
DEO GRATIAS Fr. Mark