Face of Jesus

Dear Friends,

Our parish has responsibility for the Newman Club at Ursinus College. This Club is a Catholic outreach organization for Catholic Students attending the College. I believe there is one for every non-Catholic college and university in the country. For Catholic colleges and universities, they have the services of Campus Ministry to assist their Catholic students.

I bring this up to share that Ursinus has a new campus Chaplain, Reverend Terri Ofori. Reverend Ofori will be commissioned at a special ceremony at the college this Sunday, October 28. I have yet to meet Reverend Ofori in person, but will be attending the Commissioning Service along with other pastors from the Collegeville-Trappe Ministerium.

Our parish family is blessed to have a number of the college students join us for Mass here each weekend. We are happy to have them with us and look forward to continuing to develop faith opportunities for them through the Newman Club. Perhaps one of you reading this might have an interest in helping us with this endeavor. Let us know at the parish office.

With October moving along, we are looking forward this week to the feast of All Saints, November 1, a holy day of obligation, and All Souls, November 2. In the former, we rejoice in the glory of everyone, recognized and unrecognized, who has entered into the presence of God for all eternity, into heaven. In the latter, we pray for all those who have died and are awaiting to enter into heavenly glory, the Souls in Purgatory. In the beauty of our Catholic Faith, and as we affirm in the Apostles’ Creed, we believe in the communion of saints. This communion of saints is the spiritual solidarity which binds together the faithful on earth (us), the souls in purgatory, and the saints in heaven in the unity of the same mystical body under Christ our head. Really, we are not alone in this world, nor alone on our personal journeys. All prayers offered here, in purgatory and in heaven are efficacious.

Just a reminder that our next Prayer Vigil for healing, renewal, and purification of the Church is this Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm. It will consist again of a Holy Hour with the recitation of the Rosary, Litany, quiet time and Benediction. Please join us as we pray petitioning God’s grace and help for all these intentions.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus cures the blind man, Bartimaeus. Just like Bartimaeus, we long to see, to see with the spiritual eyes of the soul what Bartimaeus saw when Jesus opened his eyes through healing. That is to say, we long to look upon the Face of Jesus, our Lord. Through prayer, penance, sacrifice and acts of love we clean off the lens of the eyes of the soul and we see more clearly. May we never tire of seeking, looking and coming to Jesus who is always reaching out to us, ready to heal.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

My desire is to continue our prayer vigil for reparation and petition, as an ongoing opportunity for our parish family to pray together for, reformation, renewal, restoration and healing.

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