Have you ever noticed how many advertisements on television are for drugs or medicines of different sorts? From “aches and pains” to allergies and more, medical science continues to make progress in alleviating much of the suffering which often afflicts us. And this is good. It is good to be able to restore a person to good health and to remove pain. And still, in a mysterious yet important way, human suffering - “bearing one’s cross” - has redemptive value. When Jesus told His disciples (in today’s Gospel from Matthew) that He would have to suffer greatly and be killed, Peter naturally protested. Peter did not want to see the Lord suffer! And yet, it is through His suffering and death (and Resurrection!) that Jesus redeems the world. That is important for us to remember when we, or someone we love, suffers. Human existence will always entail some suffering (physical, emotional, or spiritual). By uniting our suffering to Christ, we will also share in His Resurrection! Lord, help us to think like You, and with You. Help us to carry our own cross like You, and with You.
Saint John Paul II said that the new millennium is a time for renewed evangelization. In addition to the formation in faith which our Catholic schools, religious education programs, confirmation program, and adult faith classes provide, our parish also provides opportunities for those interested in becoming Catholic to learn more about our Faith. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is designed for those who have never been baptized, and for baptized Christians from other churches, who are interested in becoming full members in the Catholic Church. Please call Deacon Jerry Ruesch at the parish office (423-1351) to register.
We would be welcoming Fr. Bruno to SSPP, except for the restrictions of travel which prevent him from leaving his parish in Uganda. You will find info about Fr. Bruno’s parish in this bulletin, and on our parish website. You will also find an envelope included with this bulletin, which I encourage you to use for a generous gift to assist Fr. Bruno’s parish.
On behalf of Fr. Bruno, Thank You!
May God bless you!