Pray with Faith

Dear Friends,

Today is World Mission Sunday. It is an annual opportunity to reflect on the missionary works of the Church around the globe and to offer personal support to these efforts through our donation. Holy Cross Regional received word that Scarlett Barker in Grade 2 is being recognized at the Cathedral Basilica as one of the Archdiocesan winners of the 2018-2019 Missionary Childhood Association Christmas Artwork Contest. We offer her and her family congratulations and best wishes on receiving such an award. May the work of sharing the Gospel and the gift of redemption in Christ Jesus continue to renew the lives of all.

Back in early September I mentioned that we are looking to refresh our Chapel and Confessionals. Both are looking somewhat “well used” ~ which is a very good thing. They are in need of some tender loving care to re-enhance their beauty for the celebration of Holy Mass and the Sacrament of Confession. Both the Pastoral and Finance Councils have reviewed and endorsed this work. The first project we will tackle is a refurbishment of the Confessionals.

In the Rite of Penance, there are directions and guidelines for the celebration of Confessions in Church. Our intention is to incorporate those guidelines, making our confessionals compliant with the Rite of Penance. During the refurbishment of the confessionals, we will need to move Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament into the Main Church. The hope is that the work will be done expeditiously. We are interviewing several contractors to elicit bids for this project. The other work in the rest of the Chapel will need some additional planning and time to develop. We will keep you informed.

Turning to our Scriptures, perseverance in prayer is the major theme of our readings this weekend. How often are we tempted to give up on praying because we don’t get an immediate response or the response we are desiring? In a technological world such as ours, we go to our smart phones, computers, iPads… and we input a question to search and within split seconds thousands of responses come back at us. And let’s not forget how many fast food chains are in business. Things move very quickly in our society. And social media keeps things moving rapidly.

Prayer is a different thing altogether. Think about family time, family meals, hanging out with loved ones, a young man courting a young woman ~ all of which take time and engages us fully. Prayer is a relationship of love, a deepening of communications arising from the heart, a trusting in the goodness of the beloved. Ultimately, prayer is a trusting surrender to God’s will and God’s plans and God’s ways, even when we don’t fully understand.

You see the devil is always lying to us. He tries to convince us that we are not good enough, that we are alone, that God lies to us. He is constantly stirring up doubt, worry or anxiety. But the truth is that God has made us and He calls us good. We are never really alone because God is always by our side. And God never lies, it’s impossible, for He is Truth. And the truth is that God is crazy in love with us! We are His sons and daughters, His image and likeness. We belong to Him, and He belongs to us. Pray always then, pray with trust, pray with faith. God loves us beyond all human understanding! Amen!

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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