Journey Through Galilee

Dear Friends,

This Sunday is the feast day of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, whom we know as Padre Pio. A most beloved Capuchin Friar who received the stigmata and who was sought after as a confessor by thousands. I first heard of him in high school, reading a book on his life, which was truly fascinating. Padre Pio’s humility and deep devotion to our Lord radiated throughout his life and ministry. He is truly an inspiring example of discipleship, whose life exemplifies the words of our Scripture readings this weekend. In this difficult time of suffering, may we invoke his powerful intercession for reform and renewal and most of all for healing. We are blessed to have a Padre Pio prayer group that meets monthly here at Saint Eleanor.

This weekend we welcome Father Bernard Ukwuegbu from the Diocese of Orlu, Nigeria. He will speak at all the Masses on behalf of the Missionary Co-Op Appeal. We welcome him to Saint Eleanor as we pray for the work of missionaries around the world. Your generous support of our missionaries is deeply appreciated.

We have been blessed for many months now with the assistance of many substitute organists and pianists at our weekend liturgies as we conducted a search for an organist. We are very happy to announce that Mary Barbuto has accepted the position of organist for Saint Eleanor. Mary is a parishioner and has been involved with sacred music both here and elsewhere for many years. Although her official start is October 1, she has already been helping in many ways. We welcome Mary to this position and look forward to her further involvement with our sacred music ministry.

In Mark’s Gospel this weekend, Jesus and the disciples begin “a journey through Galilee,” which will lead Him to Jerusalem and His death. Mark invites us to be on this journey, an ancient description of the spiritual life. Although buffeted by so many things and in so many ways in this world, our life journey is one that is focused on Jesus Himself ~ on His teachings, words, example, power to forgive and heal. In nine weeks, we will celebrate the feast of Christ the King, yearning for Jesus’ second coming and the fulfillment of His Kingdom at the end of time. As we journey through these weeks, may our focus remain steadfast on Jesus who will teach and guide us as He offers us His power, especially in the Sacraments.

One additional thought, at the Church entrances we have “poor boxes” to accept your donations to assist those in need in our area. Our Saint Vincent DePaul Society works together to offer assistance to those with various needs throughout our region. Your donations to the “poor boxes” are given to them to do this noble work. We encourage your continued donations to help our brothers and sisters in need. Thanks.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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