November 3, 2019 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  Our Good Neighbor Haley-McGinnis: as you can see, Haley-McGinnis has transformed the lot across Locust Street from our Cathedral into a 47 slot parking lot. Nathan Morris from Haley-McGinnis called to graciously offer us access to their parking lot when it is not being used by Haley-McGinnis. This will benefit us tremendously! We are grateful for their neighborly hospitality, which we will not take for granted. Thank you, Haley-McGinnis!

II.  Rembering Our Deceased Loved Ones:  Solemn Vespers for the Dead (vespers or “evening prayer”, the official prayer of the Church). This remembrance will be held Monday, November 4th, at 6:00p.m., followed by a reception in our  Community Center. Everyone is invited, especially those who have lost loved ones this past year. A special candlelight service will be part of our evening prayer for ALL our deceased loved ones, especially those buried from the Cathedral.

III. The Book of Remembrance can be found near the tabernacle. Please write the names of any deceased loved ones who have died this past year. If you have written a name in the Book of Remembrance in the past, it is still there and that person will be remembered at all the Masses especially during the month of November, a month when our Church—the community of the people of God—remembers those called to eternal life.

IV.  Honoring the medical profession: This Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00pm, Bishop William Medley will celebrate the “White Mass,” a liturgy to honor those who are doctors, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists and counselors, diagnostic technicians, EMT’s and so many more who heal our illnesses (both body and mind) and keep us healthy. We hope you will join us to say “thank you” for their call to this profession. There will be a small reception following Mass in the community center.

V.  Teach Your Children To Use GPS:  After Mass today, have a conversation with your children, asking, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” After a few moments of discussion, ask, “Who do you think God wants you to be when you grow up?” Emphasize to your children that God has a specific plan in mind for them, and that following God’s plan is the surest way to happiness. Every life decision—which college to attend, whom to date, which job to pursue, whether to enter the seminary, whom to marry—should be undertaken only after praying for God’s guidance. In other words, encourage kids to navigate life using GPS—God’s Positioning System.

VI.  Out On A Limb: Zacchaeus wasn’t perfect—he was unfinished, scattered and incomplete. But God’s Spirit had nudged him to leave his home that day and become a seeker. He thought he was just going to see Jesus with his eyes. But a lot more happened to him because Jesus saw Zecchaeus‘ hunger and entered his life and the life of his family. 

       We ask ourselves: have we, like Zacchaeus, ever had a longing that sent you/me out on a limb, on a spiritual quest?  How does this quest affect my/your life now?