There are number of things that are happening in October:
- October is Respect Life Month. The theme this year is Moved by Mercy. Pope Francis said, “We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us.”
- Anointing of the Sick at all masses the weekend of October 15th & 16th. If you know of someone in the parish who would like to receive this sacrament of healing but are not able to make it to mass, please let me know and I will go them.
- The Knights of Columbus are having their Tootsie Roll Drive the weekend of October 15th & 16th. The money raised for this event goes to help
people with disabilities. The Special Olympics is one organization that benefits from these funds.
- October Marketplace is October 15th. There are many crafts and other items for sale. I usually go for the pie.
- The Diocesan Appeal. Bishop Johnston is asking each family to make some kind of contribution to the diocesan appeal. There are many ministries that our diocese does for our church. Anything you are able to give will be appreciated.
- The Parish Appeal. I think it is very generous of me to list the Diocesan Appeal first…but, what you give to your parish is crucial to the life of our parish. This year we have a commitment card for your financial contribution and also a card listing different ways you can be more involved in the ministries of our parish.
The Missouri Catholic Conference sends a weekly update to concerned citizens about efforts that are being made with our state government for the dioceses in our state. One of the sections is a reflection on things to consider in this election year. Below is a reflection that I found good for me to consider when I vote in November. The reflection is entitled Virtue: An Essential Feature of Democracy.
In addition to physical courage there is moral courage and a good example of this is found in the country lawyer Atticus Finch, the hero of Harper Lee’s American classic, To Kill A Mockingbird. Atticus loves his neighbors in his small Alabama town, but he does not flinch from local prejudices in defending a young black man falsely accused of rape. At one point he quietly declares: “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.
His biggest admirer is his daughter Scout, but she sees him more as a man of letters than the typical Southern man with his gun and hunting pursuits. When a mad dog rages about town, however, it is Atticus who takes out his rifle and shoots the dog. The sheriff tells Scout: Didn’t you know your daddy’s the best shot in this county.” Yet Atticus most admires a different kind of courage:
I wanted to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know that you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.
The kind of courage Atticus displayed is badly needed today among our political leaders. In evaluating candidates, voters should consider this trait. Is a candidate willing to say unpopular but true things? Is he or she willing to stand up for what is right?