Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This coming week we turn our clocks back an hour and enter the month of November, a traditional time in our Church to remember and celebrate the Communion of Saints – including those loved ones of ours who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. This Friday, November 1 we celebrate All Saints Day with Mass at 9:00 am and 7:30 pm. On Saturday morning we will gather in our community’s Memorial Garden (weather permitting, Church if rain) for our annual All Souls Mass. In the evening at the 5:30 pm Mass, we will remember our parishioners who have died in the past year.

All Saints Day provides an opportunity for all the employees of St. Francis of Assisi to come together for a day of prayer and formation. We are fortunate to have as our presenter for the day Dr. Phyllis  Zagano, an internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar and lecturer on contemporary spirituality and women’s issues in the Church. Her many books include her award-winning Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church, (First Place, Catholic Press Association and College Theology Society). Her writing is widely translated. Her best-selling On Prayer: A Letter for My Godchild is in Indonesian, Spanish and Italian – and she also edits Liturgical Press’ “Spirituality in History” series.  A former Fulbright Fellow, she holds a research appointment at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Why would someone of such esteem come to visit us at St. Francis?  It’s thanks to Fr. Bill who has many connections with his friends and colleagues in the theological world.  As part of our celebration of the Year of Faith, Dr. Zagano will be helping us appreciate our Catholic identity and the Second Vatican Council.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark