Pastor's Desk September 10, 2017

Sep 8, 2017

  • Being in debt… is not something anyone enjoys. Whenever a debt is paid, there’s a sense of relief and joy. On a spiritual level, St. Paul tells us today: ” Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another.” Unlike debts on material things, the “debt” we have regarding love is something we need to continually work on throughout our lives. Both our first reading and Gospel today remind us that we need to hold each other accountable to the debt of love. May we love one another, as God loves us. 
  • The Second Collection this weekend… is the annual collection for the Bishop’s Education Fund. This fund is used to give financial assistance to needy families in our diocese with children who would like to benefit from a Catholic education. Your generosity is appreciated. 
  • The Second Collection next weekend… is a special collection that Bishop Zubik asked all parishes to take up. It will benefit the people in the Texas area affected by Hurricane Harvey. The funds will be used to respond to immediate needs such as shelter, clean water, food, and medical care, as well as the long-term need to rebuild and recover from the widespread destruction, and to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church. 
  • Catechetical Sunday… will be celebrated at the 9:00 mass next Sunday, September 17. At that mass, we will ask God’s blessings on our parish catechists, as we begin a new year of religious education. We thank those who have generously volunteered to give their time and talent to this important ministry this year. 
  • 9/11… As we sadly commemorate the sixteenth anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11/2001, may we never forget: those who lost their lives; their families; the courageous responders; and all those affected by this disaster. Pray for peace. 
  • The RCIA process… is for non-Catholic adults who wish to join the Catholic Church, or adult Catholics who have been baptized, but never received Confirmation or Eucharist. If you’d like to inquire about the process, contact Fr. Jim at the rectory. Spread the word! Nothing works better than a personal invitation to join the faith.