22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
“Put yourself into God’s hands… everything will go well.” – St. Vincent Pallotti
My Dear Friends in Christ,
This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, and although it is not a religious holiday it is a time for us to give thanks to God for the many blessings He has given to each of us. God has given us so many gifts and talents to use for our benefit and to share with our parish. Where would we be without volunteers? So many have volunteered to help with ourfestival, be a part of our many committees, help educate our children, minister to the homebound or sick, or be a part of our Liturgical Ministries. These are all examples of true labor, labors of love for our parish which in turn helps our parish to grow in faith. I sincerely thank all of you for sharing your time, talents and treasures.
This week our readings encourage us to develop a sense of humility in our daily living. The word humble has many shades of meaning. In general, to be humbled is to be brought low by an outside circumstance or person. However, if you humble yourself, avoiding arrogance or being overly prideful, you will be better loved and respected. Humility makes us more empathetic and hospitable to others. Even though society gives us the opposite message each day, in your dealings this week, work at putting others first and looking at the world from a humble perspective. Remember these words from Jesus, “For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Coming up on Sunday, September 8 is the start of religious education classes. Keep our catechists and students in your prayers as the work together to grow in faith and knowledge.
Mandatory Altar Server training will be offered for all current adult and youth servers in three sessions on September 8, 15, and 22 at each of our campuses. Each server should plan on attending the one session that fits their schedule best. These sessions are also open to any adult or youth Third grade or older who would like to become a server. We need at least four new servers at each Mass time. Please consider assisting your priests at the altar. Call Shellee Murcko at the parish office for more information.
It is my joy to serve you as your pastor!
Fr. Gilbert Mascarenhas, SAC