Pastor's Letter - October 22, 2017

Jesus often initiates His own teaching in the Gospels. But He also is prompted to teach certain truths at the instigation of others, or by Some circumstance, as He does in today's Gospel. The same is true for the Church and Her teachings. One of the important aspects of the Catholic Faith is our understanding and belief that there is a development of doctrine over time. This doesn't mean that our teachings change, but that as new circumstances arise there is the opportunity (and oftentimes the necessity) of clarifying certain teachings. For instance, around the year 300 A.D., some Christians began to spread the idea that Jesus was not truly God, but rather a sort of "super man', and a creature of the Father. In response, the Bishops met in council in Nicaea to clarify the true teaching about the nature of Christ. The result was the Nicene Creed, which we recite every Sunday. Does this mean that Catholics didn't believe in the Trinity, or in the human and divine natures of Jesus, before the Council of Nicaea? Of course they always believed them. But it was only when this belief was challenged that the Church made Her teaching clearer by the formulation of the creed. The same can be said about the Church's teachings on the authority of the Pope, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and many other doctrines. When challenges have been made, or when circumstances demand it, the Church follows the example of the Lord: She (the Church) teaches the unchanging Truth to address the questions of an ever-changing world.

I wish to welcome Fr. Goodavish, a representative for Food for the Poor to SS Peter & Paul this weekend. I am attending the annual meeting of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in Indianapolis. The OHSJ is an international organization devoted to the support of the Church in the Holy Land. Since becoming a member in 2002 I have been to the Holy Land six times: for the spiritual enrichment of our pilgrims and myself, and for the support the many Christians whose livelihood depends upon pilgrims and tourists. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

We have made good progress on the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Thanks to all who have already contributed to the DAA. I hope all our parishioners will make a generous gift, according to your means, to the Appeal

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

From Live and Learn and Pass It On, by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (A compilation of wisdom from people of all ages and walks of life.)
"I've learned that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person who has hurt you to hurt you longer.” (Age 13)
“I’ve learned that if you want to remember your wedding anniversary forever, just forget it once.” (Age 59)