Dear parishioners:

Images of the first commandment are heard in the text of Prophet Isaiah (45: 1, 4-6) this day, “I am the Lord and there is no other.” Images of the fall are also heard in the Gospel this day (Matthew 22: 15-21) as the Pharisees plot to trap Jesus in a discourse over heavenly and earthy obligations. While on the earth one might need to use the “head of Caesar on a coin,” one should never lose sight that even the earth is a part of the heavens! The impeccable wisdom of the Lord Jesus guides us through every earthly consideration and leads to the eternal life! We pray that, even subject to the earthly obligation, we may render to God that which belongs to Him:

Grant, we pray, O Lord, that your chosen ones may come worthily and wisely to the confession of your praise, so that in accordance with that first dignity which was lost by original sin, we may be fashioned anew through your glory.

The Fall Festival begins on Friday night and continues through 10pm on Saturday. I do hope to see many of you there! There will be activities for all ages, food, fun, and fellowship! The Youth Group will be hosting the “Pumpkin Patch” throughout so you know that you’ll be able to get a great pumpkin at a great price! I even hear that there will be a gigantic pumpkin … over 150 pounds … as a part of the auction too! Many thanks to all those who are planning and for those of you who have already returned the raffle tickets!

“Trunk or Treating” is also on the horizon! As is our parish tradition, the Vigil Mass for All Saints Day (or “Halloween” as we commonly know it) will at 6:00pm. It will be a family friendly Liturgy and the children (and adults) are welcome to come in costumes. The Mass will be followed by games in the courtyard, trunk or treating in the upper parking lot, and a spaghetti supper in the Social Hall. It is a wonderful, safe and Christian environment. All are invited. There will be more information in the bulletin this week as well.

May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!

Fr. Bob


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