O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
xxx xxx x xxx xxx
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
This week we read of the widow of Naim. This account of St Luke shows us Christ moved with pity for her plight. This compassion of Christ is reflected in the Church when we pray for those who are spiritually dead, that they may be raised to life and closeness to Christ. I am sure that many of us have loved ones we would like to see return to the practice of the Faith. Indeed, in the Latin Church, this Gospel is read on the feast of St Monica who prayed earnestly (and was heard) for the conversion of her son. Thanks to her tears and prayers the Church honors Augustine as a great Doctor.
St Ambrose speaks of this miracle and reminds us that the dead man was raised when Christ touched the funeral bier, a symbol of the life given to us after Christ was nailed to Wood his Body touched, namely, the now life giving Cross.
Like Christ, we too should be moved to compassion. It is so beautiful to see His heart moved at the misery of this poor woman. Living in the modern world where people receive government help and perhaps a pension, we forget just how hard life would be for this widow whose only son, whose only source of comfort and support, in her old age had died. Christ was moved at her plight. Have we forgotten that St Paul tells us that pure religion is to minister to orphans and to widows?
We can also note that this miracle was not brought about by a request. Neither the Mother nor anyone in the crowd entreated Christ. Rather, Christ himself, touched in his humanity at so pathetic (pathos) and sad sight was moved to show mercy.
Lastly the Gospel gives us a final message: whenever there is the restoration to life the crowds praise God and are in wonder. How often have we been raised to life when forgiven first at Baptism and then when we celebrate the Mystery of Confession? Should we not rejoice and praise God, bespeaking his Goodness in us and toward us, simply by our Christian living?
Fr Christopher: This past week: Home visits continue. Please give me your phone number and address to facilitate these visits.
During the week I was invited by Bishop Jaime Soto to attend his diocesan retreat. I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with the local Presbyterate. Among those there were Fr John Bolls who in the past has celebrated Divine Liturgies here and who plans to visit us soon. I have received invitations to speak at parish youth groups and even to celebrate Liturgy in other parishes which will make our Divine Liturgy known to other Catholics in the area.
Jubilee Celebrations: Alas, the hall which was recently made available to us, is no longer available for November 14. Therefore we shall have a simple celebration on the very day November 14 and postpone a more formal celebration until sometime in May 2022. Fr Francis himself had came across the very same difficulties trying to find a hall. The upshot is that we have more time to plan and in May there is a chance that Fr Francis will return on a visit. Stay tuned!
Mr. Jeff Long. I learned of the passing of Mr. Long on Friday. I have already written to his wife to assure her of closeness in prayer. Eternal Memory, blessed repose grant to your servant O Lord.
- Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, gift shop $, hospitality $, candles $ and miscellaneous $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always. The collection amounted to $.
- Hospitality after Sunday Liturgy. If you wish to help out please put your name to the signup sheet.
- Mystery of First Confession. If you have a child ready to make his or her first confession please see me and I will start by instructing those who need it. This shouldn’t take too long, about 5 weeks and after that I hope that we will be able to relaunch Catechism for the children after Sunday Liturgies. Parents are invited to sit in on the classes, so as to be able to help their children with the homework. Also as part of ‘Safe Environment’ there will be another adult present.
- Prayer requests. Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, Sr. Patricia, Margaret, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Darlene, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth, Judy, Ruth, Dimitri, Christie, Viktoria, Emily, Margaret, Patricia. Nadezda, Dan, Doug.
Wed Oct 13th 5:30 pm Akathist
Fri Oct 15th 6:30 am Divine Liturgy
Sun Oct 17th 8:30 AM Confessions. 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Tone 4. Cantor: Tim Del Castillo Reader: Richard Agayoff
For Confession, please call Fr. Christopher for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services. If you desire Spiritual Direction then please see Fr Andrews for an appointment during the week so as to allow everyone an opportunity on Sundays for Confessions. Please consider those traveling from long distances.
Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting, we observe abstinence for meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.