Social responsibilities are highlighted in the text taken from the Book of Exodus (22: 20-26) for our hearing on this day. There are clear reminders that our treatment of the widow, the orphan, the alien, and the other members of the community is to be admirable and “without oppression, molestation or extortion.” Jesus, when pressed about the fulfillment of the commandments (Matthew 22: 34-40), states that the fulfillment of the Law is found in love of God and neighbor that is “with whole heart and soul and mind.” We pray that we may have a proper stance toward the gift of all life:
God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the gift of life as you form each one of us in our mother’s womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life.
Many, many thanks to all who worked so hard to make our annual Fall Festival such a success! Congratulations to those who won prizes!
The days of the “November Feasts” are about to begin … days of the harvest, days of the Communion of the Saints, days of remembering the dead, and days of Thanksgiving. To begin this special month, I would like to highlight the first few days:
- On Friday and Saturday, we celebrate the Saints. A family friendly Vigil Mass on Friday (or “Halloween” as we commonly know it) will be at 6:00pm. 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. On Saturday, there will be an All Saints Day Mass at 10:00am.
- On Saturday and Sunday, we will observe the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (commonly known as All Souls Day) at each of the Masses. Those who have died in the past year will be remembered at Noon Mass on Sunday.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!