Weekend of October 26th, 2014

Dear Friends,

Spiritual Life Boot Camp” faith formation for adults continues this Monday, October 27, with a talk on “How to Discern Spirits.”  As St. Ignatius of Loyola said, this involves “understanding to some extent the different movements produced in the soul and for recognizing those that are good to admit them, and those that are bad, to reject them.”  It’s crucial to the spiritual life, so I encourage you to come learn about it!


According to Church custom, different months in the year are dedicated to different devotions:  March to St. Joseph, May to Mary, June to the Sacred Heart, October to the Rosary, etc.  Next weekend we begin November, the month in which we recall the communion of saints in general, and the Holy Souls in particular.  We begin with the Solemnity of All Saints (not a holy day of obligation this year because it falls on a Saturday) on November 1, followed by the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day) on November 2.  Throughout the month we should pray and sacrifice especially for the repose of the souls of all the deceased.  Our parish will do so in a special way during our annual Mass of Remembrance on the following Friday, November 7 at 7:30 P.M. (organized by our awesome Circle of Caring).  Mark your calendars and join us in this greatest of prayers for our dear departed parishioners, relatives and friends.


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


This week 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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