Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community:  Praised be Jesus Christ!  Now and forever! 

 Greetings to you on this first weekend of the new Autumn Season 2008!  If St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians sounds familiar, it’s probably because it’s read every year on Palm Sunday.  It provides us the ultimate example of servanthood. 

 Saint Paul quotes an ancient hymn: “Though Christ was in the form of God, He did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.  He emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave and obediently accepting death on a cross.  So God exalted Him and gave Him a name above every other name.” 

 St. Paul’s introduction in verses 3-4 directs us to do “nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others (Philippians 2:1-10).” 

 This Sunday, September 28th, we begin our parish Religious Education Classes at 9:00 AM in St. John School.  All children of the parish in Grades 1 – 8 presently attending public schools must be attending these weekly classes.  Parents must also see to it that they attend Mass each Sunday.  No excuses!  This is the main reason we hold our religious education classes on Sunday. 

 The Catholic Church insists that parents are the primary teachers of their children in the ways of the faith.  This is also recruitment season for more volunteers in our parish Religious Education Program.  After hearing our Second Reading today, the time may be ripe to call forth more of you to teach the faith to our children this academic year.  Some of you have the desire, but simply just need to be invited.  I invite YOU today to help each Sunday in our Religious Education classes. 

 Let us continue to work toward having a greater and active Religious Education Program for this year, a reminder of who we are as a community of faith: one in the same mind, with the same love, united in heart and mind. 

 Thanks today to Rose Tyrrell who begins directing our CCD Program, but, due to increasing family obligations, is unable to be in the school each Sunday.  We will soon announce our new Coordinator for Religious Education classes.  Thanks to all our CCD volunteers, teachers, and helpers who make our program possible.  Thank you parents and family for supporting CCD classes this year! 

 Finally, this week we move into October, with the feasts of a number of saints.  September 29th is the Feast of the Archangels, and October 1st is the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, popularly called the “Little Flower”.  October 4th is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  October 5th is the feast of ST. Faustina Kowalska.  And Father Michael Sopocko, spiritual director of St. Faustina, will be beatified September 28th in Bialystok, Poland.  She is the Apostle of Divine Mercy.  Pray they’ll help us follow their way to Jesus Christ!

                                                                                                                   Pleasant Autumn Sunday to all! 
Always, Father Jim 
                                                        Jesus of Nazareth – The Parable of the Two Sons


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