Pastor's Letter - November 12, 2017

Through the year the Church, in her Liturgy, unfolds the fullness of the mysteries of the Faith for us. Frequently the Liturgy is reflected even in the rhythm of nature. This is certainly true in this last month of the Liturgical year (a new Liturgical year begins with the First Sunday of Advent on December 3). The arrival of Fall - and hints of Winter - brings with it the death of all vegetation. Along with nature, the Liturgy also draws our attention to our own mortality, and our inevitable death. This Sunday’s readings - and the readings for the two remaining Sundays of November, and of the Liturgical year - remind us of the need to contemplate our eventual death, and the necessary preparation for that event. This is not a morbid exercise, but rather a sign of true wisdom. All human activity is directed towards some end, or purpose. And the whole of our life should be directed towards eternal life with God. Remembering our true “End” is essential for seeking the proper means to get there.

Two weeks ago I announced that we will be replacing the Missalettes in the pews with the hardbound Lumen Christi Missal on the 1st Sunday of Advent. I provided a Q&A sheet to help explain the reasons for this change, and the benefits that it will bring. Printed copies of that Q&A are available in the Holy Family Cenacle (and online on SSPP website). It is most advantageous for us to fund this project through the Diocesan Annual Appeal. And so, I heartily recommend all our parishioners support the DAA with a generous gift, according to your means. If all our members contribute, I know we can exceed our target, and receive a rebate which will be used towards the LCM, and other needs of the parish. As I write this 91 parishioners have given to the Diocesan Annual Appeal, for a total of $31,560 - an average gift of $346. If you have not yet done so, will you make your pledge today?

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller