We welcome all parishioners to our parish and welcome back those who have been traveling during the summer months. A special welcome to those parishioners who are new and have joined the parish over the summer months. Please register with the parish, if you are new, by filling out a blue card obtainable from the office. Please place it in the collection basket next Sunday and you will be included in the roster of parishioners. We also welcome back our Principals, Julie Tollis at St. Dominic Catholic School, Michelle McCann at Queen of Heaven Catholic School and Jim Horvath at St. Paul Catholic Secondary School. We wish our teachers and students great success during this school year. Our schools are an integral part of our parish and we look forward to a great relationship with them.
Several events are happening this fall:
Sept. 23 and 25 – Parent meeting for First Confession and First Communion
Oct. 10 – 9:15 Mass – St. Dominic and Queen of Heaven Thanksgiving Mass
Nov. 1 – All Saints
Nov. 2 – All Souls
Bake Sale by the coffee Sunday ladies Sept. 15/16
The Harvest Bazaar is on September 29.
The Resettlement Christmas bazaar is on November 10
The Pasta dinner is on November 24.
These events are a chance for you to come out and get to know your fellow parishioners.
How do you expect the Lord Jesus to treat you when you ask for his help? Do you approach with fear and doubt, or with faith and confidence? Jesus never turned anyone aside who approached him with sincerity and trust. And whatever Jesus did, he did well. He demonstrated both the beauty and goodness of God in his actions.
When Jesus approaches a man who is both deaf and a stutterer, Jesus shows his considerateness for this man's predicament. Jesus takes him aside privately, no doubt to remove him from embarrassment with a noisy crowd of gawkers (onlookers). Jesus then puts his fingers into the deaf man's ears and he touches the man's tongue with his own spittle to physically identify with this man's infirmity and to awaken faith in him. With a word of command the poor man's ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
What is the significance of Jesus putting his fingers into the man's ears? Gregory the Great, a church father from the 6th century, comments on this miracle: "The Spirit is called the finger of God. When the Lord puts his fingers into the ears of the deaf mute, he was opening the soul of man to faith through the gifts of the Holy Spirit."
The people's response to this miracle testifies to Jesus' great care for others: He has done all things well. No problem or burden was too much for Jesus' careful consideration. The Lord treats each of us with kindness and compassion and he calls us to treat one another in like manner. The Holy Spirit who dwells within us enables us to love as Jesus loves. (Servants of the word)I hope you all have a good week.