God's Providence

Dear Friends,

We welcome back Sang Woo Chi this weekend to speak at all the Masses about the 2020 Saint Charles Seminary Appeal. As mentioned before, Sang, who is studying for our Archdiocese, spent eight weeks last summer here as part of his Seminary formation program. Currently, he and two other seminarians come to Saint Eleanor on Thursdays as part of their apostolic formation. You might say, it’s a little like intern training for them. Your generous donation to the Seminary Appeal is deeply appreciated as the Seminary continues to fulfill its mission for our local Church and for many others.

Did you fill out the survey ~ Disciple Maker Index? We are asking all parishioners, 18 years and up, to complete this 10-15 minute confidential survey. It will help us plan for the future, helping our children and our children’s children to be disciples. The link for this can be found on our website or the constant contact email that went to your inboxes. A paper copy can be picked up in the Narthex or the parish office. Hurry please ~ the deadline is Monday, November 16.


With Thanksgiving coming quickly, I want to highlight our annual Christmas Tree lighting and blessing scheduled for Monday, November 30 at 6:30. We will focus the ceremony and lighting on an evergreen behind the chapel this year to allow for more social distancing for those who gather but also to allow for those who might wish to stay in their cars. We will have amplification for this short program and a goodie bag to pick up and take home. Hope you are able to join us.

Going back to Thanksgiving for a moment, we have arranged to live stream our Thanksgiving Day morning Mass at 9 am. We hope this allows for more of our parish family to join us in giving thanks to Almighty God for His abundant blessings and graces. May you have a blessed day! Gratitude opens us up to the presence and nearness of our loving God.

I am subscribed to The Catholic Thing a website that, as they say, is “forum for intelligent Catholic commentary.” Someone recommended it many years ago. It offers commentary on a plethora of differing and wide-ranging topics. You can access it at https://www.thecatholicthing.org/ . The commentators are numerous and their opinions are theirs but it provides a rich and insightful field for Catholic conversation and dialogue. Each day’s current commentary comes to my inbox. Many times, I either read the headline or scan the first few paragraphs only. Other times I read the entire article.

I write all of this because last Sunday one came in that I found insightful and thought provoking in light of the present moment. I recommend that you check this out. The title is Elections – in God’s Providence by David G. Bonagura, Jr. Here is a direct link to that article: https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2020/11/08/elections-in-gods-providence/ .

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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