Pastor's Letter - December 31, 2017

Mark Twain once said, “When I was 18 I thought my father was an old fool. When I turned 21 I was surprised at how much he had learned in 3 years.” The book of Sirach (today’s optional first reading, Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14) teaches a truth that Mark Twain apparently eventually learned. To respect and honor one’s parents is not only a commandment from God; it is also just and good. The admonition to “care for your father when he is old” takes on an even greater urgency in our own culture where more people are living longer. A number of cultural changes make fulfilling this commandment seemingly more difficult. Among these are: fewer children (to take care of aging parents), more mobility (children live hundreds or thousands of miles from parents), and a cultural attitude which more and more considers “unproductive” persons as a burden on society. To address these issues the Church must integrate the truth of God’s Word with wise planning. It is encouraging to see efforts made to make “homes for the aged” much more like homes. I have heard and read of such homes being built near elementary schools so that both the young and the old benefit from each other’s presence. This seems like a good idea. Still, the best choice ought to be for the family itself to take care of aging parents. Though not always possible – especially when medical care is needed – the care of aging parents within the home can be a true blessing to the whole family. God promises a blessing upon those who honor their parents.

According to IRS regulations, donations to our parish must be received by December 31, 2017 in order to be considered a charitable gift for the current tax year. Your financial support of SS Peter & Paul Parish is needed, and is deeply appreciated!

On behalf of Deacon Jerry Ruesch and all the staff, I want to thank you for the many Christmas gifts, cards, and greetings we have received. May God bless you and your family during this Holy Season of Christmas! And may 2018 be a year of grace, peace, and blessing!!

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller