November 12, 2017
Dear People of God,
Today we celebrate the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we near the end of the Season of Ordinary Time, the Gospel readings focus more on the coming reign of God. In today’s parable, unique to St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus emphasizes the importance of being prepared. The ten virgins are to be ready to greet the bridegroom even if his arrival is delayed. When those who didn’t prepare properly run out of oil, we would expect the others to “share.” But this parable is not about helping out others. It is about personal responsibility. We are told, “Then the door was locked.” And five were left standing outside. This parable near the end of the liturgical year can remind us to be ready; to take time to reflect on life in light of God’s Word. Greek philosopher, Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” The examined life, however, opens our eyes to God’s presence.
During this month of remembering our departed loved ones, I want to encourage everyone to write the names of those you’d like to remember in our “Book of Remembrance” located near the St. Joseph altar. Each day, all those in this book will be especially remembered at Mass.
This weekend we will be having our monthly Bread for Life after all masses. Delicious breads and sweets from St. Louis Bread Company are available for a donation. In its 8th year this program helps families of our parish in their time of need. Thank you Paula and Glenn Burkhalter for this important ministry in our family.
We are always looking and encouraging new Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion here in our parish. If you enjoy the Scriptures and would like to join our “Proclaimers of the Word,” please contact me for more information. If you would like to share Jesus with your fellow parishioners by distributing Holy Communion at Mass please contact me. These two liturgical ministries are beautiful ways to share your Time and Talent for our community. I would like to see more taking part in these ministries.
In just a few weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving as a parish family. Mass on Turkey-Day will be at our holiday time of 9:00am. I am looking forward to celebrating my first set of holidays with you, learning the parish’s traditions, adding my touches to the festivities and taking notes for the future. There is much going on behind the scenes already as the Advent wreath is readied, lists made of things to do, flowers ordered, and decorations reviewed. So much goes into preparing the Church for Christmas and Easter. For many years I have encouraged people to respond when the plea goes out to help. It’ll help make the holidays even more special.
Finally today: 4 weeks until the Mass schedule changes. Mark your calendars now and please spread the word.
God Bless! Have a great week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)