Where did September go? It certainly is a blur. This last Sunday of the month, September 29, is also the feast of the Archangels ~ Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. And October 2 celebrates our Guardian Angels. These heavenly messengers and protectors are an indication of God’s unfailing care for and providence over us. We praise the Father for such compassionate attention to our needs!
Next Sunday is Respect Life Sunday and October is Respect Life month. The theme this year “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life” reminds us of the Lord’s unfailing love for each and every one of us at every moment and in every life condition from conception to natural death. We are grateful that our Knights of Columbus, once again will make available embroidered Roses for Life that you are invited to take with you to wear, giving witness to the sanctity of life. May our prayers and efforts to protect and respect each and every life help defeat the culture of death.
Our discipleship groups are ready to go for the Fall season ~ ChristLife will be hosting the Sharing Christ series on Monday evenings beginning October 7 and Walking With Purpose (for the women of the parish) will be meeting on Thursdays with both afternoon and evening sessions beginning October 3. And of course, our young folks are not forgotten. Matt Kirsch has an engaging and interesting line up of events ready for our youth in grades 7 through 12. Be sure to check the bulletin and our website calendar for times and places of all the many activities and opportunities for involvement here at Saint Eleanor.
Since the kickoff of the 2019 Catholic Charities Appeal last February, we’ve offered regular updates on the amount donated by our parish family. I am most grateful for the wonderful response of our people. As this Appeal year draws near its conclusion, there is still time for us to reach our parish goal for this year. If you have yet to make a donation to Catholic Charities, please take the time to do so. Your donations directly help those who are vulnerable and in need among us. There are hundreds of thousands of people impacted and helped by your donations. When you give to Catholic Charities, you are making visible the loving and caring face of Christ to our brothers and sisters. On behalf of all those helped, thank you for your thoughtful generosity to Catholic Charities.
God bless you, God love you,