Surrender

Dear Friends,

 

          During the month of October, the Archdiocese has traditionally requested that we count attendance at every weekend Mass. You will notice our ushers conducting this count during this month.  We are grateful to them for their kind assistance. 

          Some parishioners have shared that a local church is inviting people in our area to come and join them.  In a time of trial and suffering, we can be tempted to abandon ship.  Our anger and frustration can overwhelm our ability to hold onto the good as we work for renewal and change. When worried or anxious we can be tempted to look elsewhere. 

          Jesus never abandons us in our pain or suffering.  Only Jesus is Savior.  Our trust is in Him.  Jesus remains with us in His Sacraments, especially in the Holy Eucharist.  In Holy Communion, He personally comes to us and joins us to Himself and to one another. At this critical moment, we are being called to rise up as the Lord’s instruments of healing and renewal. 

 

We are His co-workers to bring about conversion and rebirth of the Church through virtue and holiness.     

          That is why we confidently implore the Lord for His grace to be His saints, helping those who are suffering, purifying the Church and centering ourselves on His mission.  We are asking Saint Michael’s help daily and we gather together in Prayer Vigils praying before Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  From the Lord and His grace, we will find the strength, wisdom, hope and light we need to bring about renewal. Our next Prayer Vigil is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 at 7 pm in Church.  Please mark your calendars.

          Our discipleship efforts for our parish family are once again up and running.  For the women of our parish, Walking With Purpose, and for the men and women, young and senior of our parish, Christ Life ~ the third series called Sharing Christ, are underway.  These are dynamic opportunities touching the lives of so many of our people.  They will continue to be available in the months ahead.  Be sure to check them out.  You will be glad that you did.

          As I was writing this, our Gardening Angels were hard at work planting fall flowers around Church and the parish office.  They are doing such a wonderful job, keeping the grounds colorful and beautiful.  I am very grateful for their dedication and commitment.

          Also as I write, we are celebrating the feast of Saint Therese, the Little Flower, one of our most popular saints.  She entered the Carmelite convent at age 15 and died at 24 years old.  Her autobiography revealed how much love she had for God and how to do ‘little things with great love.’  At the behest of one of her fellow sisters, Saint Therese wrote a memoir of a retreat she made just before her death, sharing what might be called a “science of love.”  She wrote: “Jesus deigned to show me the road that leads to this Divine Furnace, and this road is the surrender of the little child who sleeps without fear in its Father’s arms.”  And, “Jesus does not demand great actions from us but simply surrender and gratitude.”  May we surrender ourselves trustingly to God our Father so that our every little action will be done in great love.

 

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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