Week of October 23, 2016

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Welcome to Fr. Richard Rocha, the president of the new Catholic High School, St. Michael the Archangel.  Fr. Rocha will be speaking at our Sunday morning masses today.  Catholic Education is a life long journey and our Catholic schools are one of the ways that we provide that education for our youth.  I hope you will check out what St. Michael the Archangel High School has to offer the youth of our parish.

I have seen many wonderful items come in for our Parish Auction on November 5th.  The tickets are only $25.  I hope you will join us for an evening of fun and help us raise some money for our parish.

Recently I got word that Mike Matteuzzi, working together with Sr. Audrey Doetzel have put together a Contemporary Spirituality Speakers Series that feature local speakers who have a history of being involved in Spirituality issues that are relevant to our modern world.  Below are a list of the speakers and their topics.  If you would like more information you can go to the following link:
https://contemporaryspirituality.eventbrite.com. We will also post information on our parish web site.

Contemporary Spirituality – speaker series

  • Saturday, Nov. 12 – at Avila University 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Sr. Audrey Doetzel, NDS – The 21st Century Need for Mystics and Prophets
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 – at Avila University 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Fr. Don Farnan – Impact of Personal Spirituality on the Parish Community
  • Saturday, Jan. 14 – at Second Presbyterian Church 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Bill Tammeus – Doubts and Hard Questions Pave the Road to Faith
  • Saturday, Feb. 11 – at Avila University 9:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
  • Loretta Ross – Crisis of Contemplation: A Call for Depth in a World Stuck in the Shallows

A reflection on the parable in today’s Gospel.

If the Pharisee had his way the Tax-Collector

would not have been allowed into the temple at all.

Some people believe that sinners should never go to church.

They cry ‘hypocrites’ at those who do.

According to them only saints should be admitted to church.

But that would result in a very small church,

and would make as little sense as a repair shop

that accepted only sound things,

or a hospital that accepted only healthy people.

We go to church not because we are worthy,

but because we need to.

We are brave enough to admit our sinfulness,

but are willing to strive for something better.

We need the healing mercy of God,

as well as the support of the community,

if our efforts at self-improvement are to bear fruit.  —Flor McCarthy, SDB

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