It’s the week of Halloween, with dark night skies, and everything orange and black, and “fun-size” bags of M&Ms (not much fun to find 6 M&Ms in a bag!), and Fr. Jim Sabak’s annual Halloween extravaganza in the friary, with skeletons and skulls and coffins and blinking orange lights. Sometimes it’s a little frightening to walk into the house at night….
It’s also the week that we, as Christians, as the days get darker and colder, face the reality of death, with All Souls Day coming up on Friday this week and its remembrance of those who have gone before us. It’s a mixed day, a day that is sorrowful, a day filled with memories of people we have loved, of who they were in our lives, and at the same time a day in which we remember that we are destined for eternal life, that we get glimpses here of that life. The gospel reading for All Souls day is from the gospel of John, and part of it reads “this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.” (John 6:39). These are hopeful words of light as we enter into these darker days.
I received a letter from Catholic Parish Outreach thanking our parish for its response to the “Feed a Family” food drive in September. The letter reads “The response from your parish was overwhelming, with a donation of 11,293 pounds of groceries and $7,992 for families in need!” Thanks to all for your generosity, and to all who helped collect the groceries and load the truck.
You may have seen a notice in the bulletin that our parish is looking for sponsors for those who are being received into the Church at Easter. This is a very important part of our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) ministry. Please contact Jennifer Fiduccia if you’re interested.
Also, a reminder that this coming week we have All Saints Day on Thursday November 1, with Masses at 9:00am (with the school) and 7:00pm, both in the main church. All Souls Day is on Friday, November 2, with Mass at 9:00am in the chapel, and 7:00pm in the church.
Blessings on your week!