My Dear Parishioners,
This coming Sunday, the Church universal celebrates World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis has called for an “Extraordinary Missionary Month” to be celebrated next October, 2019 with the goal of fostering an increased awareness of our baptismal call to be missionaries. In light of the request by the Holy Father, Archbishop Charles Chaput has proclaimed an Extraordinary Year of Mission for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. So this weekend at all the Masses, we will anticipate this extraordinary year in light of our own commitment to the faith. Hopefully, the weeks & months ahead will be an opportunity for all of us to renew our baptismal calling to be “missionaries.” In addition, we hope to high-light this theme throughout the coming year as part of both our liturgical & devotional prayers. You will notice signs on our property announcing this Extraordinary Year of Mission. Like-wise this weekend’s 2nd collection will be taken up for this important annual appeal. I thank you for your generosity towards this appeal which benefits so many. We look forward to celebrating a whole year dedicated to renewing our baptismal calling & commitment to bring the Good News of Christ into the world.
This week, we celebrated our Annual Forty Hours Devotions. Fr. Keith Chylinski, our guest homilist spoke to us about Jesus Christ as “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” His words were truly uplifting & inspiring. I want to thank all those who were involved in any way in the preparations & planning for this annual devotion. It is very much appreciated & truly helped us enter into a spirit of prayer & contemplation. Like-wise, I thank all of our faithful parishioners who came to spend time with our Lord especially those who committed themselves to be “adorers” before the Blessed Sacrament. This year was the first time we left our church open 24 hours over the course of these three days. I was truly edified to see so many people come (at all hours) to spend quality time with our Lord.
As we continue to celebrate this Respect Life Month, I remind everyone that we will be having our annual Anointing of the Sick Mass on Sat., Oct. 27th. Sign-up up sheets are in the vestibule. Until next week, God bless you & your families!
Love and prayers,