It’s hard to believe how quickly this yearlong celebration of our parish’ centennial anniversary is coming to an end. I sincerely hope you, your family and friends have made plans to join us for the closing Mass and dinner reception to be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 beginning with 5:00 p.m. Mass. We are most fortunate to be welcoming Archbishop Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, who will be joining us as the celebrant and homilist for our closing Mass, and who will be with us for the dinner following. Archbishop Carlson is no stranger to our parish, having visited us several times in the past. He has graciously accepted our invitation over a year ago to be with us for this closing event as part of our yearlong celebration, and I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to our parishioners, both past and present, than to have our chief shepherd join us in celebration of the Eucharist as we give thanks for one hundred years of “faith and service”.
As we count our blessings for these past years I pray we will never forget we still have work that lies ahead of us to complete. As St. Luke records for us in his Gospel, 4: 14-19, Jesus went around doing good things: bringing good news to the poor, proclaiming release to captives, restoring sight to the blind and setting free those who were oppressed. That is why He had been born, and why He had been sent into the world. His life had meaning.
As disciples of Jesus His work is also our work. By our baptism we have been sent into the world to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, to help those who are hurting and to give hope to those who find life overwhelming.
When we spend time praying with another, or give a neighbor a ride to church or drop off a tuna and potato chip casserole to a friend’s house when they are not feeling well then we are doing the work of Jesus. These simple acts of kindness bring hope to the world and give meaning to our life.
One more thing…from September 30th through October 13th I will be away on vacation with my family for the annual fall foliage to the state of Vermont. I ask your prayers and give you the assurance that your and your family will be kept in mine.
As we continue the work and mission of Jesus Christ, let us remember…"All that matters in any and every way Christ is being proclaimed."
Monsignor William McCumber