Pastor's Letter - October 20, 2019

“Jesus told His disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.” (Luke 18:1) This opening line from today’s Gospel introduces us to an important truth: it takes effort to be a disciple of Christ. There can be no such thing as a wimpy Christian! And prayer is the means by which one is strengthened for this “spiritual battle.” Some people get a little squeamish when such warlike images are used to describe living our Catholic Faith. This is not an attempt to glorify war, but rather an acknowledgment that similar virtues are needed when one is in a war: strength, courage, perseverance. Can a “physical war” be won without these qualities? All the more reason why we need them to live a vigorous Catholic life where we need to do “spiritual battle.”

I wish to thank all our parishioners who have supported the Diocesan Annual Appeal by their generous gifts and prayers. The DAA is not only an effective way to support the wider needs of the Church but also our own Diocesan needs: Catholic Charities, formation of seminarians, support for retired priests, and much more. It is also a great way to support our parish, since every dollar over our target is returned to us (assessment free!) for our own needs. That is why I give to the DAA and encourage every parishioner to do so. We will wrap up our formal Appeal at the end of the month. Of course, contributions to the Annual Appeal may be given through June 30, 2020. You can monitor our progress in the DAA by checking the display in the Holy Family Cenacle.

Today is also World Mission Sunday. You will find an envelope for this appeal at the end of each pew. I hope you will also generously support the Missions through this collection.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller