TWENTY EIGHT SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



Please remember that Nov. 1 and 2 are feast days in the church. This year, we have purchased special candles to be placed in the candle holders. They have a space to put the person’s name on them. Only these candles will be accepted in the candle holders. Candles from the dollar store, for example, will not be accepted. The reason for this is that they catch fire and burn. Any candles, other than those sold at the office, will be removed and thrown out. The cost of the candles that we have purchased will be $7.00. They should be arriving shortly.

The Book of the Dead will also be put out on October 27/28 for you to inscribe the names of the dead.

The knights of Columbus will host a Halloween party on October 27th after the 5 O’clock Mass. Tickets are $10.00

Please keep November 24th free to attend our pasta dinner.

Please remember that our youth group continues on October 26th.

Sacred Scripture
A young man who had the best the world could offer - wealth and security - came to Jesus because he lacked one thing. While he lacked nothing in material goods, he was nonetheless possessive of what he had. He placed his hope and security in what he possessed. So when Jesus challenged him to make God his one true possession and treasure, he became sad. He sought happiness and security in what he possessed rather than in whom he could love and serve and give himself in undivided devotion. Selling all that we have could mean many different things -  letting go of attachments, friendships, influences, jobs, entertainments, styles of life - really anything that might stand in the way of our loving God first and foremost in our lives and giving him the best we can with our time, resources, gifts, and service. Material wealth will shackle us to this earth unless we guard our hearts and set our treasure on God and his everlasting kingdom. Where is your treasure?

I hope you will have a good week.

Fr. Phil

TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



I would like to thank Pat, Ellen. Richard, Rose, Mike, Gloria, Theresa, Edmond, Helen, Fatima, David, and Amber - the Dream Team, for putting on the bazaar last weekend. The bazaar was very successful and many people came out to buy our goods. There were many other people who helped at the booths and I thank them as well. We realized $6,459 which will help with running the parish.  The tea room proved quite a hit this year and I thank all those who managed it. The children’s play area was successful as well and I thank those who helped the children make their crafts and I thank Colin who played the pirate all day. The students from St. Paul’s high school were very helpful this year and I extend thanks to them as well. The farmers market sold out very quickly and I thank all the volunteers at this booth. Fr. Phil’s dinners to go was a hit this year too and I thank all those who helped at this booth too. A big thank-you to all who made this event a success.

Sacred Scripture
What is God's intention for our state in life, whether married or single? Jesus deals with the issue of divorce by taking his hearers back to the beginning of creation and to God's plan for the human race. In Genesis 2:23-24 we see God's intention and ideal that two people who marry should become so indissolubly one that they are one flesh. That ideal is found in the unbreakable union of Adam and Eve. They were created for each other and for no one else. They are the pattern and symbol for all who were to come. Jesus explains that Moses permitted divorce as a concession in view of a lost ideal.

Jesus sets the high ideal of the married state before those who are willing to accept his commands. Jesus, likewise sets the high ideal for those who freely renounce marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:11-12). Both marriage and celibacy are calls from God to live a consecrated life, that is to live as married couples or as singles who belong not to themselves but to God. Our lives are not our own, but they belong to God. He gives the grace and power to those who seek to follow his way of holiness in their state of life. Do you seek the Lord and his grace in your state of life?

Do you seek to help others draw near to the Lord? The parents who brought their children to Jesus wanted Jesus to lay his hands upon them. They knew of the healing power, both physical and spiritual, which came from Jesus' touch.  Jesus, in turn, rebuked his disciples for hindering the children from coming. No doubt the disciples wanted to shield Jesus from the nuisance of noisy children. But Jesus delighted in the children and demonstrated that God's love has ample room for everyone.

No one is unimportant to God. He comes to each person individually that he might touch them with his healing love and power. May we never hinder our youth from coming to the Lord to receive his blessing and healing power. And as we grow with age, may we never lose that child-like simplicity and humility which draws us into Christ's loving presence. Do you show kindness to the youth you encounter in your neighborhood, home, and church and do you pray for them that they may grow in the knowledge and wisdom of Jesus Christ?

"Lord Jesus Christ, your call to holiness extends to all in every state of life. Sanctify our lives - as married couples and as singles - that we may live as men and women who are consecrated to you. Make us leaven in a society that disdains life-long marriage fidelity, chastity, and living single for the Lord". Servants of the word)
Let us thank God this weekend for all that we have
And all that we are on this Thanksgiving weekend.

I wish you all a good week.


Fr. Phil


TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



The harvest Bazaar was a huge success and I will write about it more next week.

Do you rejoice in the good that others do? Jesus reprimands his disciples for their jealousy and suspicion. They were upset that someone who was not of their company was performing a good work in the name of Jesus. They even "forbade" the man "because he was not following us". Jesus' reply is filled with wisdom: "No one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me." Are we not like the disciples when we get upset at the good deeds of others who seem to shine more than us? Paul says that "love is not jealous... but rejoices in the right".

Envy and jealousy, its counterpart, are sinful because they lead us to sorrow over what should make us rejoice - namely, our neighbor's good. The reason we may grieve over another's good is that somehow we see that good as lessening our own value or excellence. Envy forms when we believe that the other person's advantage or possession diminishes or brings disgrace on us. Envy is contrary to love. Both the object of love and the object of envy is our neighbor's good, but by contrary movements, since love rejoices in our neighbor's good, while envy grieves over it.
How can we overcome envy? The Holy Spirit purifies our heart and frees us from our disordered passions, such as envy, jealously, greed, and bitterness. God's love is a generous and selfless love which is wholly oriented towards our good. The love that God places in our hearts seeks the highest good of our neighbor. God's love purifies and frees us from all envy and jealousy - and it compels us to give generously, especially to those who lack what they need.

Jesus warns his disciples of the terrible responsibility that they must set no stumbling block in the way of another, that is, not give offense or bad example that might lead another to sin. The Greek word for temptation (scandalon) is exactly the same as the English word scandal. The original meaning of scandal is a trap or a stumbling block which causes one to trip and fall. The Jews held that it was an unforgivable sin to teach another to sin. If we teach another to sin, he or she in turn may teach still another, until a train of sin is set in motion with no foreseeable end. The young in faith are especially vulnerable to the bad example of those who should be passing on the faith. Do you set a good example for others to follow, especially the young? (Servants of the Word)

I hope you have a good week!

Fr. Phil