Fall Thoughts

Dear Friends,

I write the day before the Funeral Mass for retired Auxiliary Bishop Louis DeSimone. Bishop DeSimone was 96 years old and a remarkable man, priest and Bishop. He was simple, kind and witty, always a gentleman. He served in World War II, taught high school was an assistant and pastor of several

parishes. His longest service was as pastor of Saint Monica Church, South Philadelphia. Of course, as a Bishop he confirmed countless numbers of people throughout the Archdiocese. His kindness and selfless service even in retirement was an inspiration. May God grant him eternal rest.

Just a quick reminder, our own Saint Katherine Drexel’s mortal remains will be interred at the Cathedral Basilica on Sunday November 18, 11 am Mass. All are invited to participate in this special occasion. We know the story of this wealthy heiress who left worldly pursuits and founded a religious community, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, specifically to bring the Gospel to African American and Native American communities. She was devoted to our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. She died in 1955 and was canonized in 2000 by Saint John Paul II. As an educator and a devout religious, she was truly amazing. Saint Katherine Drexel, pray for us.

Did you know that if you own a business that pays taxes in Pennsylvania, or if you personally meet certain financial criteria, you can direct a portion of your state tax dollars to Holy Cross Regional Catholic School to help with tuition assistance for our students? BLOCS ~ Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools and the Foundation for Catholic Education are recognized organizations that assist in this most helpful program. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs provide businesses that pay PA taxes with a tax credit for their donations to nonprofit Scholarship or Education Improvement Organizations such as BLOCS and the Foundation. For personal tax purposes, both organizations can also assist you in what is required. For more information, contact Paul Rakszawski, Advancement Director for Holy Cross at 610-489-9434, ext. 2235 or prakszawski@hcrc.school.

Finally, the rich man in our Gospel today was sincere in his request and desire. He was a dedicated and pious follower of God. Yet his attachments to his many possessions prevented him from taking one more step towards God. Detachment is a key spiritual virtue if we are to live in accord with God’s plan for us. Detachment is not abandoning the things of the world. It is keeping them in their proper place. We are hardwired to be attached to God. When we are, then everything else, everyone else will be in its proper place in our lives. Think of Francis of Assisi, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and countless other heroes of God, our Saints. May we have the courage to detach from the things we have in order to use them in accord with God’s will.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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