A HUGE THANK YOU to all who made our Day of Service on October 25 a wonderful display of love in action. It is always a blessing to see the joy that accompanies service to another. The folks that gathered definitely wanted to lend a helping hand. I have to believe they did so because of need and realizing how abundantly blessed they are! Sometimes to help another means a sacrifice on our part. Sometimes that is giving up something for another, giving from our means. Other times the sacrifice is being attentive to Christ present in the other. In either case, there is always a joy that accompanies the gift, the service, or the love in action. I believe this type of service, sacrifice, is growing in the love of Christ Jesus. Thank you God for all the good you work through us.
The month of November is a month for Thanksgiving. It begins with the Feast of All Saints. We, with thankful hearts, praise God for the faithful, exemplary lives of our Catholic ancestors who have revealed the face of Christ. Normally, this feast is a holy day of obligation. Because it falls on a Saturday the obligation is abrogated. However, I hope we have a ‘heartfelt obligation’ to celebrate these holy men and women. There will be an 8:00 a.m. Mass, Saturday, November 1, to celebrate All Saints. November 2 is normally the Feast of All Souls. Again, the day celebrates the holiness of men and women, not saints on the calendar, but those who have shown us the face of God and all of our loved ones whom the Lord has called to Himself. The 11:00 a.m. Mass on November 2 will be a Mass of Remembrance for all our loved ones who have died. We will remember, in a special way, our parishioners who have died this past year.
As we come to the end of the month, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a civil holiday that should be a holy day of obligation for us. Beyond the blessings and bounty of our nation are the abundant blessings God has poured into our lives. The preface for the Mass of Civic Observance best sums up the saintly lives of so many before us and the task for all of us still:
Father, all powerful and ever-living God, we do well to sing your praise forever and to give you thanks in all we do through Jesus Christ our Lord.
He spoke to people a message of peace and taught us to live as brothers and sisters. His message took form in the vision of our ancestors as they fashioned a nation where all people might live as one. This message lives on in our midst as a task for us today and a promise for tomorrow.
We thank you Father for your blessings in the past and for all that, with your help, we must yet achieve. And so, with hearts full of love, we join the angels today and every day of our lives to sing your glory a hymn of endless praise.
Blessings, Msgr. REH