Pastor's Desk September 30, 2018

Sep 28, 2018

  • Who has authority … to speak for God? That is a question considered both in today’s first reading and Gospel. Jesus addresses the issue by stating “Whoever is not against us is for us.” However, it is sometimes difficult to discern who is really speaking in God’s name. Perhaps the answer lies in Jesus’ reference to things done with love as the motive: “Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.” 
  • We’re grateful… to all who made last weekend’s after-Mass socials enjoyable, especially Lynn Hogan and our “Team Hospitality.” While enjoying delicious food, many parishioners welcomed Fr. Peter Horton, who will become the new administrator of the St. John Capistran/St. Thomas More parish grouping on October 15. 
  • “Octoberguest”… As we now move forward in becoming one family of faith, we are bringing together two outstanding communities filled with good and faithful servants of the Lord. On October 15, our new Mass and Reconciliation schedule will begin, our first step together. I am confident that we will begin with a spirit of welcome and hospitality. Fr. Peter and I are suggesting that we have an “Octoberguest” program. We are asking that you, on one Sunday in October, visit Saint Thomas More for Mass and that our friends at Saint Thomas More visit here for one Mass. No one will check up on you, but it is a way we can learn about each other and our two wonderful churches. Our new team of priests will begin rotating Masses between the sites as well. Let us make the most of our new beginnings.