Weekend of November 2nd, 2014

Dear Friends,

“Spiritual Life Boot Camp” faith formation for adults continues this Monday, November 3, with a talk on “How to Deal with Passions–Part I.”  All are invited to come learn how conquer in our battle with gluttony, lust, greed, anger, sadness, depression, vainglory and pride!  It’s crucial to the spiritual life, so I encourage you to come learn about it…

This Tuesday, November 4, is the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo–which for us is observed as a Solemnity since he is our patron saint–so we must celebrate!  Please join us, then, this Tuesday for a bilingual Mass at 7:30 P.M. followed by a simple but festive pizza, cake and ice cream party.

This Tuesday is also Election Day, so let us do our moral and civic duty and vote!  As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “Citizens should take an active part in public life.” (1915)  “Co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country.” (2240)  Since voting is a moral act, in making that choice “Catholics form their consciences in accordance with God’s truth.”  (US Conference of Catholic Bishops)  For more information and guidance about these issues, please read the USCCB’s letter “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” (which can be found online at:  www.usccb.org), as well as the letter from the bishops of Virginia which is inserted in this bulletin.

As part of our parish’s observance of this month dedicated to prayers for the deceased, we will celebrate our annual bilingual Mass of Remembrance this Friday, November 7 at 7:30 P.M., organized by our awesome Circle of Caring.  Please join us in this greatest of prayers for our dear departed parishioners, relatives and friends.

This weekend Fr. James is away on his annual retreat, so please keep him especially in your prayers:  may he return refreshed and full of zeal to serve in our parish!  I remain,

 

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Fr. Don Planty

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