As I wrote about last week, you may recognize one of our former pastors, Fr. Dan Kenna, who is visiting with us this weekend as part of a process that our province is going through to evaluate our provincial ministries as we look ahead to our next provincial chapter in 2020. Dan was here as pastor in the 1990’s and into the 2000’s, was involved in the founding of our Franciscan School in 2000, and is now working out of our provincial office in New York City. We welcome him back for his visit this weekend.
This is the week of Thanksgiving and we wish safe travels to all who are on the road. We will have a Mass on Thanksgiving morning at 9:00am. And an early look forward to our Christmas schedule – we are changing our mass schedule so that this year, our Christmas Eve masses will be at 4:00pm (church
and gym), 7:00pm (church and gym, with 6:30pm children’s pageant), 9:00pm, and midnight. On Christmas Day our Masses will be held at 9:30am and 11:30am. Please note this is a change from previous years.
Sometimes people ask for book recommendations and I just finished a very good book called “Meditations on the Parables of Jesus” by Thomas Keating. Keating recently died at the age of 95; he was a Trappist monk who wrote and taught about the practice of centering prayer. In this book, Keating reminds
us that the parables, or stories that Jesus tells, are meant to completely overturn our understanding and expectation of how God works in the world. He is a good and gentle teacher and a teacher who also guides us into a deeper understanding of God’s mercy and compassion.
Blessings on your week!