Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 6, 2020

       The “Season of Creation” spans five weeks between the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (September 1) and the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4). This “time for creation” offers, in the words of Pope Francis, “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”  A bulletin announcement has links to resources for living out these three dimensions of Pope Francis’ call, both as individuals and as a community.

       Our Finance Committee has issued its quarterly (and end of year) report (contained in the bulletin this week) and I would like to affirm their deep gratitude to all those parishioners who have maintained and even increased their financial support through the challenging times of the pandemic.  While ending the year with a deficit, we seem to be in a much better position than so many other Archdiocesan parishes.  A more complete accounting will be included in our Annual Report when it is distributed this fall.

       The Labor Day holiday is usually such a beacon for change as summer slips into fall—but this year, so many of our annual rituals have been turned upside-down by the pandemic and life in general seems changed. Nonetheless, we still look forward in hope to the new things of the fall season, and the opportunities for growth they bring to our lives and our families and our faith.  Let us continue to pray for our country, for those who are unemployed, and for a change in the structures and attitudes that continue to result in a culture of racial inequality and injustice.

Fr. Keith

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