The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) was published in 1992 (the English translation in 1994) and is an excellent – and authoritative – presentation of the content of the Faith. When read along with the Bible the CCC provides a sure guide for us. But the Bible and the CCC are big books! Wouldn’t it be great if there were a shorter summary of both books? There is. And Jesus Himself provides us with the summary in today’s Gospel. “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” I suggest that we need the summary of the Lord AND the rich explanation of the Faith which is found by reading the Bible and the Catechism. So, read your Bible. And read the Catechism. But always refer back to the summary of our Lord to place it all in context.
This Wednesday, November 1, is the Solemnity of All Saints when we honor all the holy men and women who have witnessed to the Faith heroically. (See the Mass schedule for both parishes in this bulletin.) The celebration of All Souls follows on Thursday, November 2. It provides us an excellent opportunity to come together to pray in a particular way for our beloved dead. The beloved dead of SSPP will be remembered at the 8:00am Mass on Thursday, Nov. 2; and of SVdP at the 4:30pm Mass on Saturday, Nov. 4. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen!
As I have mentioned in past bulletins, the Diocesan Annual Appeal provides funding for many local, diocesan, national, and universal Church efforts. All our parishioners should have received their letter from the diocese, along with a brochure explaining the Appeal and a personalized pledge card. (Additional brochures and blank pledge cards are available in the Holy Family Cenacle [SSPP] or Gather Space [SVdP], if you did not receive or misplaced your letter.) Every dollar that we exceed the official target will be returned to the parish for the parish’s use. Exceeding our target will NOT cause the target to go up in the future, nor will it change the level of our support to Assumption Catholic Schools. I encourage all our parishioners to contribute to the DAA generously - according to your means. As the old saying goes: many hands make light work. I have placed a ‘thermometer’ poster in the main entry (SSPP – Holy Family Cenacle; SVdP – Gather Space) which will mark our progress: both in numbers of parishioners who contribute, and the total dollars pledged. I’ve already made my gift to the Diocesan Annual Appeal - join me in helping us reach our goal. Please continue to pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal! Thank you for your generosity!
May God bless you!