From the Desk of Deacon Richard…

September 27, 2015

Please join me in praying for the safety of Father Angelo’s travels while he is away from the parish, and that his journey is a peaceful and rewarding experience. We should never lose sight of how fortunate we are to have a priest in our parish and we should never fail to appreciate just how hard Father works for our good and for the good of the whole community. There are places in the world where the Catholic faithful can go for months without the opportunity to see a priest and to receive the Sacraments. Even here in our own diocese, if we could overnight double the number of available priests, they would all still be overworked. Let’s not let them be under-appreciated, also!

The Parish Council met last Sunday; this was the first meeting of a Parish Council in our parish for more than a year. The Council is currently in the process of forming itself and preparing to work for the benefit of all parishioners.

On the weekend of the 10th and 11th of October, the Parish Council will provide surveys in the pews that ask for your input in the direction it should take and the projects it should pursue. Please be sure to fill out one of these surveys and make your opinions known. The goal of the Parish Council is to help the parish and its people to work effectively to meet the needs of the parish and our community, and to assist Father in achieving the ministry goals that he sets for our parish.

It is my hope that you will make the care of and ministry to the poor and marginalized a priority in responding to your surveys. In today’s second reading, James warns us about the dangers facing the godless rich. He is speaking of the transitory nature of life and warns that “your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like a fire.”

As Catholics, we are called to care for the poor and the marginalized; to provide food for the hungry and clothes for the naked. As James wrote in the second reading we heard two weeks ago, it is not enough to merely wish another well and hope that he is fed and warm. Our faith calls us to work on behalf of those in need.

Recall the recent words of the Holy Father, “To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete; it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely.”

Dcn. Richard

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