Dear Parish Family,
This Sunday is the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel of Mark (8:27-35) presents to us
the Evangelist’s account of Peter’s profession of faith. Jesus asks the disciples who do people say that he is? He then asks them directly, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter says in reply, “You are the Christ.” What happens immediately after is truly remarkable. Our Blessed Lord makes it clear to the disciples that “the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days.” Peter then proceeds to rebuke Jesus who, in turn, rebuked Peter. “Get behind me Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
Our Lord explains to the disciples and to the crowd that those who wish to follow Him must deny
themselves, take up their cross and follow Him. Indeed, “whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for (Jesus’) sake and that of the gospel will save it.”
Christian discipleship requires a radical, wholehearted commitment. This means taking up the cross each day. Crosses can come in a variety of forms. Crosses can also serve as a means of sanctification. When we join our sufferings with those of Christ, they can have a transformative quality that binds us closer to the Lord. The illnesses that come our way or those of a loved one, difficulties at work, concern about a loved one or a friend - these are but a few examples of crosses that can be taken up each day.
I pray that God will raise up faith-filled followers of Christ who will lose their lives for the sake of Jesus and the Gospel of the Lord.
God bless you.
Fr. Dan Redmond
Dear fellow parishioners,
The WOW Prayer Group is answering a call to pray and sacrifice for the Church. We invite you to join us. We have chosen a day of the week to be in solidarity by offering prayer and fasting. This is not binding, of course, meaning that it is not a sin if an individual does not fulfill the goals. It is, however, our intent to strive to do the following each Wednesday:
1. Slowly, intentionally, pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
2. Choose one of these fasts for yourself: a. fasting from all sweets/treats or food/beverage item of your choice; b. fasting between meals; c. eating one large meal and two small meals and fasting between them; or d. fasting until supper.
Please be aware of your health issues when considering which fast to choose if you feel called to join us.
May God bless you!
In faith, hope, and love,
The WOW Prayer Group
The Heart of Jesus (October 20 and 21) is a retreat for men and women (18+).
It is not an over-night retreat, but it is two days filled with personal witnesses, sharings, and powerful discussions to explore how Jesus is working in our lives.
Allow the Holy Spirit to lift your heart higher as you grow closer to Jesus in your faith journey.
Please fill out a registration form (see below) and return to the parish office.
Questions? Contact Gary Burling: email@example.com
Heart of Jesus Registration Form
October 20th to 28th, 2018 - Novena to end Abortion
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