Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 9, 2020

          With the present COVID-19 crisis, institutions everywhere are struggling to figure out how to plan programs that are safe while continuing to further their mission.  Faith Formation (“forming loving disciples”) is at the core of our mission as a parish.  Our parish staff has decided to introduce a new virtual family faith formation program on Sunday evenings this fall, replacing the former TGIF (Together Growing in Faith) program.  This program can be experienced by one family at home, or by several families joining together—and I’m told you will enjoy the creativity of the program.  Please see an insert in the bulletin this weekend for more information and register by visiting our parish website (www.saintdrexel.org).

            This week we mark the 75th anniversary of the use of nuclear weapons in Japan on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagaski on August 6 and 9, 1945. Nuclear weapons still pose a threat to our world. We are called to pray for peace and take action in solidarity with our sisters and brothers globally. The Catholic Church in Japan observes “Ten Days of Prayer for Peace” each year at this time. Let us pray (in the words of Pope Francis) “for the triumph of a culture of life, reconciliation and fraternity” (Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park, Nagasaki, 24 Nov. 2019).  

       With special COVID-19 protocols, all sacraments continue to be celebrated, and our usual sacramental preparation programs continue to be held (often virtually).  In the bulletin you will see information concerning preparation of children and young people for the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation—as well as preparation for adults who wish to join the Catholic Church.  Our faith life is particularly nourished by sacraments in these challenging times.

Fr. Keith

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