Inspiring Autumn

Dear Friends,

Fall is in the air today as I write this. School is in session. The children (and parents) are very happy. Mrs. Theresa Healy, our principal, the school administration, staff, teachers, our facilities company and so many parents have worked very hard to provide for as much safety as possible for everyone. While so many things need to be different than before, all the adjustments are allowing for onsite Catholic education to flourish for our children and families. I am so very grateful to everyone for the planning and work that has been done! Our prayers rise to God to continue keeping everyone safe and well.

Our Forty Hours devotions were simpler in the midst of this pandemic. They were truly beautiful and inspiring allowing for deep prayer with our Eucharistic Lord. We thank Father Kean for his insightful and encouraging homilies. Thanks also to Father Giardini for all his efforts with the liturgies and services and to our musicians and servers for their faithful service.

We find ourselves in another national election year. Voting is a right but also an important responsibility for every citizen. I rediscovered a short article on Faithful Citizens by Bishop Michael Burbidge which was published in 2016. It is still very timely today. Bishop Burbidge writes, “We are called to be faithful citizens. That means our participation in the political process and our votes must be a result of a well-informed conscience molded and shaped by the Word of God with a clear understanding of the teachings of the Church and our reliance on the Holy Spirit.”

The US Bishops have available on their website ( a teaching document called Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. You can read it online or download it. The Church does not tell us who to vote for but the Church does explain the dogmatic or moral imperatives that need to guide our personal decision making. In addition to clearly understanding the Church’s teaching, we need to be informed about the issues and the positions of every candidate for every office. And above all, we must pray for wisdom, courage and enlightenment ~ “Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful. Enkindle in us the fire of your love so that we may always be one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all!

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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