Pastor’s Corner

I. Sexuality Attitude: Jason Evert will be at the RiverPark Center, Sunday, October 25, 5:30-6:45PM to speak to parents, guiding parents on how to talk to their children about love, relationship, marriage, dating, sex, etc. He will also talk to children, 7th graders and above, at 7:00-8:15PM. Jason Evert, Catholic author and Catholic speaker, founded Totus Tuus Press and Chastity Project, an organization that promotes chastity, primarily to high school and college students. Mark Sunday and Monday, October 25 and 26, on your calendar!

II. “It’s Our World On Mission:” We have just returned from our SSC Mission Trip to Mandeville, Jamaica, where the standard of living is sub-standard. How appropriate it is to reflect upon how well we are living out our commission to be a missionary Church. If you are a baptized Catholic, there is no choice: you ARE missionary! Each one of us is called to evangelize. You don’t have to go to a foreign country; there are ample ways to share our faith right at home, reaching outward. Be as generous as you can be with the special collection on World Mission Sunday.

III. What’s Holding You Back? Our confirmation candidates will discuss this topic Wednesday, October 28, at 6:00PM in the Youth House, as they gather with Father Suneesh on the way to being confirmed/affirmed in the Spirit. We have 14 students, four from Blessed Sacrament Chapel and ten from Saint Stephen, who will be delving into the obstacles of living a life rooted in God’s Spirit. Pray for our teens!

IV. All Saints Day: Next weekend, the Catholic Church throughout the world will celebrate the fact that each of us is called to be a saint. Yes, you are! Me, too! And, it is possible! But we must open ourselves to God’s grace each day so that there is an ongoing conversion. It is possible. One definition of a saint, which I like, is, “A saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.” You have heard, “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future”!

V. Diocesan Event Welcomers (DEWs): I can’t emphasize enough the difference that our DEWs are making: welcoming, handing out liturgical aids, directing people, cleaning up afterwards at Diocesan events. All DEWs are invited to celebrate our “motto” at the rectory on Monday, October 26, at 6:00PM.

VI. Trunk or Treat is a wonderful outreach to our children, and also to our area children. Come dressed for Halloween or as you are; decorate your cars and bring candy on Friday, October 30, 4:00-6:00PM in the parking lot behind our garage.
In Joy and Hope,
Fr. Jerry