A Word From Rev. Msgr. Richard Hanneke


Sunday, August 31, 2014

 Dear Friends, 

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all who gave their time and talent for the celebration of my Installation as Pastor of Lourdes. I was truly moved by the generous turnout of volunteers. The crowd that filled the Church was inspiring and truly raised their voices in praise of our Loving God. Whenever there is a parish celebration, there are many hands that make it beautiful and enjoyable for all. I have already come to know that this is the spirit of Lourdes. Thank you one and all!

This weekend our Scripture passages are all about ‘prophets.’ Prophets throughout the Old Testament were not fortune tellers. Prophets were always calling the people back to God, speaking God’s word. They called the people to reorder their lives and bring them into conformity with ‘God’s way of seeing, doing and being.’ In our first reading, it is obvious that the prophets’ words are not always received with welcome. Jeremiah is just doing what the Lord has commanded him to do and is met with “derision and reproach.” He is perturbed with the way he is being treated and says to God, “You duped me, you tricked me. These are stiff-necked people. They don’t want to hear your word.” In the Gospel, Jesus, also a prophet and much more, is telling the Apostles that he must go to Jerusalem to ‘suffer and die,’ so God’s word could come to pass. It is St. Peter who tries to get in the way of Jesus going to Jerusalem. He does not want to hear what Jesus is telling him. Peter becomes an obstacle to which Jesus says, “Get behind me, Satan. You will not detract me from the Father’s will.”
All of us are to be prophets. We must listen and conform our lives to the will of Our Father in heaven. We must, by the example of our lives, call others to hear God’s word in their lives. This integrity of spirit is often difficult and at times is a cross to bear. St Paul is reminding us not to “conform yourself to this age …” which is deaf to God and His life-giving word. Let us pray for courage from the Holy Spirit to hear God’s word and conform our lives to it.
Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. In the late 1880s it became a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. Let us be grateful for all that has been and for all that is still to be achieved through the labors of our hands. I pray that all have a joyful Labor Day holiday. Our morning Mass, Monday, September 1 is at 9:00 a.m.. This is a wonderful way to give thanks to God for the gift of our labor and also pray for all those seeking employment.
Gratefully, Msgr. R E Hanneke
God give me work, till my life shall end
And life, till my work is done.
~Epitaph of Winifred Holtby
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Peter was Jesus’ choice to lead the fragile band of apostles. In today’s Gospel, Simon is given a new name—Peter, the “rock.” In John’s Gospel, Peter is called to be a shepherd. He is expected to lay down his life for his sheep. And tradition tells us that he did just that. But today we think about the durable rocklike quality that Jesus needed in a leader.
Peter was appointed to his leadership position for reasons we are not able to fathom. God knows, and Jesus knew well, that Peter was flawed. We cannot mistake his enthusiasms, though, his manifest love, and his great, exuberant faith. Those virtues saw him through. They are durable, tough, beautiful virtues. They make Peter a sympathetic and lovable person. They provide us with the balance and humor that we need as we consider our own roles in the universal church.- © J. S. Paluch

Monsignor Hanneke is traveling. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Please Join Your Fellow Parishioners
Installation Mass
Monsignor Richard E. Hanneke
Sunday, August 24 11:00 a.m. Mass.
Monsignor Mark Rivituso, Vicar General for the Archdiocese,
Celebrant Reception immediately following (gym)

“Let all the nations praise you!” today’s psalm response exclaims (Psalm 67:4). In the psalms and other Hebrew scriptures, this kind of invocation is actually an invitation to God to act, to intervene in human lives in a manner that will cause everyone—not just the Chosen People—to give praise. Stated a bit more strongly, it is something of a “put up or shut up” challenge to God, the sort of strong statement the psalmists of Israel, trusting in their intimate and loving relationship with God, were not afraid to make.
The Gospel has its own exclamation, announcing the appearance of the Canaanite woman with, “Behold!” (Matthew 15:22). “Behold!” is a scriptural flag that tells us that God is about to act or announce something through an individual or a situation. In the case of Jesus, God was going to act through this woman, whom nobody among Jesus’ followers would have believed to be an agent of the divine will. Like the psalmists, we might passively inform or perhaps even actively challenge God to do something so that everyone will come to believe, but God will always turn the tables on us. It becomes our calling, our duty (as it was for Jesus) to behold the situations and persons of our daily lives so that God can act through us, so the Kingdom can be announced through our living.—Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co. 
Msgr. Hanneke is traveling. Watch for his Pastor’s Pen to return August 24.