August 30, 2015
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Many of us are familiar with the wonderful work done by the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. This organization, to which many of us are already monthly sponsors of children and adults, changed their name but not their mission to Unbound in 2013. Inspired by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and the inherent dignity of all human beings, they sought to build bridges of unity between sponsors and sponsored friends. To date, Unbound and their partners have served more than 800,000 children, students and aging adults. Please welcome Father Tom Malloy this weekend, an Oblate of St. Francis De Sales, who will be sharing with us anew this wonderful ministry of personal outreach. With courage in the face of poverty, prayerfully consider being a one-to-one sponsor and bring hope to your special someone in need.
Our celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary this year was truly beautiful! To see at least half of you in procession to present flowers at our Blessed Mother statue on our Feast Day, was moving and a fitting tribute to our beloved patroness, our Mother Mary. I’m so grateful for the special attention given by our Music Ministry and especially our wonderful choir who came together in the midst of their Summer break. The cake and refreshments served by Fran Sescilla and her volunteers as we gathered together after all the Masses was delightful! As always, our ushers did a great job welcoming our pilgrim guests and helping with our procession. A special thanks goes to all those who brought flowers for our procession, especially Elizabeth Harting who brought a truck load!
Saint James challenges us this weekend, “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.” He goes on to explain, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” In other words, we are to work for justice, taking care of our brothers and sisters and living by the truth God has placed in our hearts. We can’t simply go through the motions, for we are to be conformed to Christ. In communion with Him and by God’s grace, may the “amen” on our lips be mirrored by the “amen” of our daily lives.
Summer vacation is pretty much over; I pray it’s been a time of joy, rest and renewal. Let us all pray for our children and teachers as they return to school both near and far. May your studies this year draw you closer to not only the wonders of creation but ever closer to the mystery of life and love!
Catechism Question of the Week: What prophet intuits that suffering can also have a redemptive meaning for the sins of others? (see CCC 1502)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: What miracles have I experienced? Share them!
In Christ’s Peace,