Week of October 12, 2014

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Next weekend is Mission Sunday. There will be a second collection to assist missionary efforts by our Church throughout the world. Below is a letter from Bishop Finn.

“Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ.” Pope Francis begins his message for this year’s celebration of World Mission Sunday with these words. But he quickly offers us the way to make a joy-filled, life-giving difference in this regard. “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.”

On October 19, as our diocesan family celebrates this “privileged moment” let us join our brothers and sisters around the world who will gather at the Lord’s Table to celebrate, with great joy, our common vocation as missionaries. Our prayers and concrete gestures of solidarity will help build local churches, like the church in Mongolia, the world’s youngest Catholic Church and churches across the globe. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy, His hope and peace.

Your financial help on World Mission Sunday, offered in the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, will support the 1,150 young mission dioceses and communities who await the “Good News” of Jesus as their saving hope.

Pope Francis encourages us to take joyful part in the Church’s mission to all the nations, as we live our lives grounded in love for Jesus and concern for the needs of the most disadvantaged. May World Mission Sunday offer each one of us an opportunity to accomplish both, as we share the joy of the Gospel and help the poor by our fervent prayer and through generous hearts!”

Next weekend will also be “Nametag Sunday”. We invite everyone who comes to church to wear a nametag to help us get to know one another better. The Pope speaks about solidarity in our Church. It is difficult to have that solidarity when we don’t know one another. When you come to church next weekend please take time to wear a nametag and get to know some of those familiar faces you see every weekend. If you want to push this idea a little further, sit in a different place in church. It may give you a different perspective and help you to meet someone new.

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells the parable of the king who sends his servants to the main roads to invite to the feast anyone they found, bad and good alike. At the funeral of Dorothy Day, who spent much of her life helping those in need, there were many priests and nuns in attendance. Also in attendance were bag ladies, addicts, beggars, and the homeless. Patricia Sanchez says both the people in the parable and the people in attendance at Dorothy Day’s funeral might be characterized as a motley crew. “And so they were; and so we are, a community of diverse members called together by God and graced with the gifts and ability to care for one another. Until the final call to the joys and abundance of eternity, we remain responsible for all God’s least ones, who have been entrusted to our keeping.” (Patricia Sanchez, Celebration)

Fr. Mike

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