Dear Friends in Christ:
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“Since the whole Church is by its nature missionary and the work of evangelization must be held as a fundamental duty of the people of God, all the Christian faithful, conscious of their responsibility, are to assume their part in missionary work (Canon 781). To foster missionary cooperation in individual dioceses: an annual day for the missions is to be celebrated; a suitable offering for the missions is to be contributed each year and sent to the Holy See (Canon 791, 3º, 4º).”
This Sunday is the 90th World Mission Sunday which is celebrated worldwide to remind ourselves of our common missionary call. It is our opportunity to change the world through merciful acts: our prayers and sacrifices accompanying the good works carried out in Mission Churches throughout the world. It is a day set aside for us Catholics to renew our commitment to the poorest of the poor and offer our prayers and sacrifices. Our support offers life-changing help to more than 1,111 dioceses in Asia, Africa, parts of Latin America and Europe and on the Islands of the Pacific.
Our support is channeled through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. It enables the Church to offer the poorest and the most vulnerable the sanctifying Sacraments, offering them the Lord’s hope and peace. Clinics caring for the sick and dying, orphanages providing a place of safety and shelter, schools offering education from kindergarten through high school, seminarians preparing for the priesthood and Religious Sisters and Brothers in formation programs are all made possible for the needy while they experience the loving heart of our Lord through the service of priests, religious and lay faithful.
As Pope Francis reminds us in his message for this year’s World Mission Sunday, “Let us not close our hearts within our particular concern, but let us open them to all of humanity.” May we be generous in our contributions to the missionary activity of the Church in our second collection after Holy Communion.
This past August, we had a mission appeal on behalf of the religious community of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. In that appeal, Fr. Gerry Kelly mentioned how his community coordinates lay missionary groups who go to Mexico or other countries. The purpose of such a mission trip week is to offer spiritual nourishment, teaching, catechesis, medical assistance, helping in many different ways, etc. Following that appeal, I asked if our parishioners would be interested in forming such a missionary team. I did hear from some people who expressed an interest. I am once again asking if anyone would be interested. If so, contact me ASAP. Just remember at this point, this is an inquiry stage, not a commitment since we have no idea if this is possible or when.
Cardinal DiNardo will celebrate this Saturday’s 5 pm Vigil English Mass. We will honor and pray for all medical personnel in the health care field. It is called the White Mass due to the traditional white coat and / or uniform of so many medical personnel. Let us pray for the many needs of medical personnel, both professional and personally.
Congratulations to all those who have contributed to the Diocesan Services Fund (DSF). Our mandatory parish goal was $135,000, and so far we have exceeded our goal by $2,652. 50% of any excess in payments will be returned back to the parish. The other 50% will go into an archdiocesan fund for Aid to Poor Parishes to assist them with unexpected costs for which they have no funds.
Thank you to all who are for contributing regularly. I am challenging the many people for whom we have no record of any donations (70% of all registered households). Either you are contributing cash in the baskets (thank you). or you are not making any donations. Observe on p. 11 that we are behind with budgeted donations. The budgeted amounts are exactly the same from the previous year since we anticipated the consequences of a poor economy. So I challenge those who are not contributing to begin to do so. If everyone contributed regularly, we would be doing well.