As we return indoors to celebrate Mass on October 3rd and 4th you will notice a few things are different. The main change is that we have installed kneelers to all the chairs. Archbishop Etienne has asked all parishioners to kneel during the period of communion as well as during the Eucharistic prayers. I believe that we are the only parish in the archdiocese that does not have kneelers. We will kneel after the Holy, holy, holy…until the Great Amen before the Lord’s Prayer. We will then kneel after the Lamb of God. During this time of COVID 19 we will stand together at our places until we receive communion and then we may either kneel or be seated. To kneel one may either kneel on the floor in front of one’s seat or come around behind one’s chair and use the kneelers. Thanks for your patience as we begin this practice in our church
I would like to thank all those who are involved in our faith formation programs, both students, teachers, and staff. I especially want to thank Joan Williamson, our pastoral assistant for faith formation, for the many hours that she has put in amidst the challenges of Covid-19. Her love of ministry is appealing. I especially enjoy the faith formation newsletter. I also thank Chelsea Wilde who is our pastoral assistant for youth ministry, grades 5-12. Her vibrant faith is contagious.
A big thank you to Amy Bonte who has served as our pastoral assistant for elementary faith formation for the past few years. Her creativity never fails to amaze me. Amy is stepping away from this position at this time. We wish her well in her future pursuits as a volunteer and consultant.
I am thankful to parishioner Therese McHenry for stepping into this position. Therese has been our parish librarian the past couple of years. She draws from many years of teaching experiences. May the Lord bless her in every way.
This certainly is going to be a challenging beginning of a new school year. With on-line sessions our children are going to continue to miss their personal interaction with their classmates. Parents are wondering how they are going to balance the need to guide their children’s learning with their own work schedule. And teachers wonder whether they and their students have the resources to make it all happen. Our parish faith formation will also be making adjustments. This time of COVID-19 calls for patience, courage, and adaptability. May the Lord bless us all as we proceed. We are not along on this journey. May we trust that at the end of this ordeal we all will be the stronger.
Poor Simon Peter. He had just confessed that Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of the living God” and now in this week’s gospel reading Jesus calls him Satan. In other words, Peter was correct about Jesus being the Messiah but he held out for a different kind, namely a political savior who would vanquish the foe. Jesus had just told his disciples that he must suffer and die and on the third day be raised. Peter couldn’t handle that type of Messiah. Thus Jesus saw Peter as an obstacle. “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” The one temptation that dogged Jesus during his ministry was to be someone other than who he was. And if we are honest is that not the same temptation we face? We are defined in so many ways – not that some descriptions don’t fit. But Jesus reminds us that suffering is part of life and in dying to ourselves we will find true life. Each of us is a beloved child of God. May we never forget that.
The Lord asks his disciples a very important question in today’s gospel reading from Matthew – “Who do you say that I am?” And good old Peter comes through – “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
The Lord asks us the same question Who do you say I am? But before we answer that question, we need to know who we are!
In one of his first interviews after the papal election, Pope Francis was asked the same question – Who is Jorge Mario Bergolio? His surprising answer – I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon. His response revealed that God had everything to do with who he was. And the same goes for us. In opening ourselves to the mercy of God’s love we are living as his beloved daughters and sons. Peter had to grow into becoming the kephas – the rock. And so it is for us. May we allow the Lord to help us become the best version of ourselves.
Better late than never! We have had to delay the baptism and confirmation of our elect and candidates due to the Covid-19. On the evening of Friday, August 14th at the Vigil Mass of the Assumption nine adults and children plus a baby will be baptized. Two adults will make a profession of faith and one high school Catholic will be joining them for confirmation three children will be joining the others for First Eucharist. Our prayers are with them. May the blessed Virgin Mary pray for them.