- Quotes from Saints throughout e-weekly
- Hope Rise From the Ashes for the Parish of Paradise (Diocesan News and BEYOND)
- Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith, Excellent DVD Series (Helpful Hints for Life)
Receiving the Gospel, Serving God and Neighbor
Solemnity of All Saints, Commemoration of All Souls
“I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and
tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm
branches in their hands.” Revelation 7:9
The solemn month of November always begins with Solemnity of All Saints followed by the Commemoration of All of the Faithful Departed (All Soul's Day). On Nov. 1, we honor and imitate all our brothers and sisters who await us and help us from heaven, the next day, Nov. 2, and especially the rest of the entire month we pray for those who are being purified in purgatory so that they will be with God forever.
There are about 4,000-5,000 canonized saints in the Church. Those who the Church has said with absolute certainty are in heaven. A ‘saint’ can mean to be anyone redeemed by Jesus Christ, but is almost always used in the Catholic Church to refer to someone who is with God.
The seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy is “To pray for the living and the dead.” A priest has special permission to offer 3 Masses on All Soul’s Day, and Catholics are strongly encouraged to attend the Holy Mass on November 2nd. ALL the souls of purgatory cannot help themselves because their time on earth, their time of merit is over, so while slowing being purified, they await our prayers to help them.
Our world needs saints today perhaps more than ever. A saint is simply ‘a sinner who perfectly accepts the mercy of God.’ You and I can do that! God and those we love NEED us to do that. From now on, do the simple things of your life with great love, and you will be saint!
Honor, love, and receive help from the saints as they give it to the souls of purgatory. Fight the good fight here on earth, pray for the souls of purgatory, and ask for their prayers for you. Then one day, if you and I are faithful, we will join ALL Saints and ALL souls of purgatory in heaven! Thank you Jesus for the Communion of Saints!!
Peace and prayers in Jesus through Mary, loved by Saint Joseph,
P.S. Please check out the term and website section for more information and for a history of All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day.
P.S.S. This Sunday is the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. >> Readings
a) a spirit that prays with all people and for all people
b) one that acknowledges that it is a common blessing for the baptized
c) a mission that joins in Jesus’ prayer for the unity of His disciples
d) all of the above
586. What does the phrase “Who art in heaven” mean? (CCC 2794-2796, 2802)
a) it is a place in the sky only
b) it is the place where God creates artwork
c) with Christ we already live there
d) none of the above
587. What is the structure of the Lord’s Prayer? (CCC 2803-2806, 2857)
a) there is no particular structure to the Our Father
b) it is has nearly 100 petitions
c) it goes from least important to most important
d) God-centered petitions with our poverty and expectations
-first veneration or honor given to St. Joseph after Blessed Mary but before any other saints or angels
latria (from the Greek latreia “service, worship”)
- Latin word used in English meaning worship due to God alone
dulia (Latin word used in English)
-veneration or honor given to saints as servants of God
hyperdulia (Latin word used in English)
-higher veneration or honor given to Mary as the most exalted of all creatures
purgatory (from Late Latin purgatorius “purging”)
- A temporary state in which the souls of those who have died in grace must be made perfect by being fully conformed to Christ Jesus. (All souls in purgatory will eventually go to heaven.) [Read more in the Website section.]
“Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.”
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Catholic News Service: "‘Catholicism’
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A visually splendid and intellectually satisfying introduction to Catholic Christianity is provided by the 10-part video series “Catholicism.” Written and hosted by Father Robert E. Barron, the complete documentary is available for purchase on DVD at Word on Fire.
A priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Father Barron is certainly not lacking in academic credentials. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from France’s Institut Catholique de Paris and serves as the Francis Cardinal George professor of faith and culture at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He’s also been a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and Rome’s Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, colloquially known as the Angelicum.
Like his august – and equally well educated — forerunner Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, however, Father Barron displays a knack for conveying complex ideas in easily grasped, television-friendly terms. His enthusiasm as a narrator also serves to keep the pace pleasingly rapid.
As he explores the identity of Jesus, the main topic of “Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man,” the first episode screened, the globetrotting Father Barron visits lushly photographed holy sites in Bethlehem, Galilee and Jerusalem before traveling on to various sacred locales around Rome. Classical religious artwork – smoothly panned and zoomed in the style justly known among broadcasters as the Ken Burns effect — provides further engaging imagery.
The substantive discussion carried on behind these visuals introduces viewers to the messianic expectations laid down in the prophecies of the Old Testament and to the surprising, sometimes paradoxical, manner in which Jesus — by his life, death and resurrection — fulfilled them.
A first-rate DVD resource for teen and adult religious education, whether in a parish setting or at home – and must-watch public television programming for all old enough to profit from it – “Catholicism” enlists sophisticated production values
and an elegantly crafted script in the service of explaining — and celebrating — the faith.
"Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and fearful imaginings. Trust in the Giver of all good gifts."
Here is a History of All Saints’ Day in the Catholic Church:
All Souls’ Day
This Tells of the Day:
Here is a History of All Souls' Day in the Catholic Church:
Catholic Biblical Apologetics for Purgatory
PARISH CAN HAVE 'HELP DESK' IN GATHERING PLACE OUTSIDE OF CHURCH
Have a desk with someone at it to help people questions about your parish and some material from the Parish Office (after pandemic).
It usually takes a lot for someone to talk to the Parish Priest or even come by the Parish Office, or the hours never fit some schedules. Many have questions when they come to Mass, but forget to ask later. Having a 'Help Desk' with someone at it can do all this and more, and the desk can have items from Kleenexes and hand sanitizer to schedules, Mass Intentions, to parish ministries, etc.
Talk to your Parish Priest and ask if he is open to it. Then get a desk of some type (standing desks work best) for a person to be at with all the things that might be helpful for visitors and regular Mass goers along with someone who is eager to help others.
“Man should tremble, the world should vibrate,
all Heaven should be deeply moved
when the Son of God appears on the alter
in the hands of the priest.”
“That fire basically just chased us down the hill,” Greg Kidder told the Register, recalling the Nov. 8, 2018, catastrophe that struck their town that early morning. The fire moved so fast, 85 residents of Paradise could not escape fast enough and perished in the blaze.
St. Thomas More parish’s church and school incredibly survived the conflagration. Brave firefighters from a nearby station did their best to hold back the rushing flames, but the fight came down to one glass window that cracked but held under the heat to protect the interior.
“A single pane of glass is all that prevented us from losing the church,” Greg said. However, the parish rectory, the parish hall and other parish community buildings were destroyed.
More than 700 families called St. Thomas More parish their church home, and while most escaped, three beloved parishioners lost their lives. Everyone else was homeless.
“We were still quite in a daze when all that happened,” Greg Kidder said. But in that hour of crisis, Kidder and a core group went into action, working the phones to check up on each parishioner, see what they needed, or try to find out the whereabouts of loved ones. “We concentrated on getting the parish back together.”
Three years later, St. Thomas More parish, like Paradise itself, is rising to new life from the ashes. But parishioners are very much focused on renewal, doing outreach and evangelization to become the “church on the ridge” that God has called them to be.
Kidder is today the parish steward of St. Thomas More, an appointment made by Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto, to oversee the day-to-day care of the parish. Since the parish no longer has a priest in residence, the bishop appointed Father Martin Ramat, pastor of Divine Savior Catholic Church in Chico, California, as St. Thomas More’s supervising priest. He comes by on Wednesdays to offer confession and offers the noon Sunday Mass. While the title is new, the dynamic is centuries-old for the Catholic Church in the Americas. Lay catechists, such as Servant of God Nicholas Black Elk, who is up for sainthood, would work collaboratively with priests in providing pastoral care. The catechists provided stable community leadership to keep the church going, while the priests would form the catechists and provide the sacraments to multiple churches.
Kidder said that while the dynamic has taken some time to work out, he believes the diocese is studying this model for its potential to be replicated for other parishes.
“The Catholic Church needs to be here on the ridge, to have a presence as a people of faith,” he said.
This collaborative process keeps the St. Thomas More parish functioning, and growing, as the town rebuilds. Three years ago, 75 families attended Mass. Now, the parish has 130 registered families, with 150 people regularly worshipping on Sunday. And they have 15 youth preparing for the sacrament of confirmation.
“We’re not just going to survive,” Kidder said. “We’re going to thrive.”
But Paradise’s rebuilding has been slow: Only 1,000 new homes are being rebuilt each year. Right now, 3,000 homes are built, meaning the town is at least a decade away from reaching its former housing capacity.
“It’s going to be a very slow process,” Kidder said. “But we’re in it for the long haul.”
Spiritual RenewalThe sudden destruction of Paradise by fire was spiritually traumatic. Yvonne Kidder, Greg’s wife, told the Register that after the destruction of her home, and all that death, she “never wanted to see Paradise again.” Yvonne felt angry with God at the time.
“I said, ‘If nothing is impossible with our God, why did he do that to all of us?’” she said.
However, since then, Yvonne said her faith has become much “different and deeper than before.”
“The grace of God is so much bigger than I ever imagined,” she said. Their new home is much simpler, her neighbors are kind, and she does not miss the old life.
“I’ll live out my life in Paradise with peace and love,” she said. “I love my life like never before.”
Yvonne and 24 other women of St. Thomas More have formed a Ladies Guild, with a special emphasis on living out the charism of hospitality.
“It is more successful every time we meet,” she said. “I’m so happy the church is here, and the community is bonding greatly.”
St. Thomas More parish has had relationships both with Catholic Charities and the Order of Malta Western Association during the rebuilding process.
“The order has had a special emphasis on going into places that have been devastated and helping those affected to rebuild,” explained Msgr. James Kidder, chaplain of the Order of Malta, whose members have been providing assistance for the rebuilding of Paradise.
The community was comprised of both working-class residents and retirees, Msgr. Kidder said. He said Social Security was, for many, their main source of income; and many residents lost half the value of their land with the fire. But more young families are moving in to give it a go.
And the priest has seen the people come a long way since their first Mass after the 2018 blaze.
“There’s a persistent spirit of renewal,” said Msgr. Kidder, who is also Greg’s eighth cousin.
He admired the “marvelous spirit of the people” as they worked to rebuild their parish.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to design and execute their dreams as a community,” he said.
Jim Collins, grand knights for the local Knights of Columbus, told the Register that the experience has been a “roller-coaster ride” on the journey of faith.
“This is something different for us, but we’ve been undeterred.”
The Knights of Columbus purchased three large tents to help the community gather outside. Collins said the parish has established a “Table of Plenty” to cook meals for the community and as needed for gatherings. They have held parish community events like Cinco de Mayo and are building a unified community between their Anglo and Hispanic parish members.
Collins has taken over responsibility for the parish website after the original webmaster relocated after the fire, and he has been involved in fundraising for the new memorial wall. The wall will remember the three parishioners and 85 victims who died in the Camp Fire blaze and also honor parishioners who have given sacrificially to rebuild their parish.
Collins pointed to two ways the parish is embracing the call of evangelization. He said, for the parish community, they obtained the Augustine Institute’s Formed series.
“That’s one of the best [catechetical] resources the entire parish can get,” he said.
The parish is also reaching out to people moving back into Paradise as each home is approved for occupancy. Groups go out to deliver a crape myrtle, a drought-resistant tree. They meet the occupants, pray with them, and either welcome them back or invite them to come over and visit St. Thomas More.
“This is just another part of the faith journey,” Collins said. “I look forward most to the community being better than ever.”
Joseph Pronechen FeaturesOctober 24When Matt and Elizabeth Doucette were students at Franciscan University of Steubenville and first dating, she wanted to get him a rosary for a Christmas gift. Shopping for one, she couldn’t locate “the” rosary she wanted, so she ended up gathering beads for a rosary and other parts, including the crucifix and medal, and making the special rosary she really had in mind but couldn’t find.
“That was the little seed all the way back,” Matt said, because at that time neither realized that six years after they would marry in 2006, they would launch Design My Rosary (DesignMyRosary.com), their family business run from home. Elizabeth already had experience making rosaries with her mother for the Fathers of Mercy in Kentucky. “My mom was making rosaries for them. That’s how I learned,” she said. Then Matt presented the inspiration to start Design My Rosary. With his experience, Matt designed their website and worked with his wife to make rosaries.
The family is always happy to hear the stories behind the unique rosary creations. As Matt shared, “We find we often make them for children being baptized.” The Doucettes share this family tradition, he said: “We make a rosary for each of the children and have it blessed at their baptism.”
“And lots of people tell us about one for a convert entering the Church,” he added. The Doucettes feel honored and privileged “to be included in those stories and those moments. We feel we’re part of it when they ask us to make that rosary.”
There are the sad stories, too, whether for funerals or the loss of a child. These stories stick out for Elizabeth. “As a mother we’ve done several memorial rosaries for infants that have passed away. I’ve always been touched by that. We had a close friend who we did that for as well.”
Many happy occasions include making rosaries for weddings. Often people buy rosaries to go in the bride’s bouquet. “One of the most fun things is when we have made rosaries for the entire wedding party,” Elizabeth said.
In fact, it might be said the Rosary led to the Doucettes’ marriage. The time-honored devotion brought Matt and Elizabeth together in 2002, when they were students at Franciscan University. “We met because of the Rosary,” Matt explained. “We happened to be in a similar random collection of students that began praying the Rosary at the grotto,” Elizabeth added, referring to a popular devotional site on campus.
“Over time we’d hang around talking, then developed a friendship and started dating.”
Naturally, the Rosary has always continued to be a big part of their lives, including as Matt transitioned to working full time with Elizabeth.
“One of the first things I did when I left teaching and Elizabeth was making the rosaries was to produce a Rosary DVD,” he said. “Our children inspired us to create ‘Pray the Rosary,’ a DVD that has helped us as a family pray the Rosary together, which can be a challenge with children.”
An animated Rosary is seen below each decade, each illustrated with beautiful artwork through all four mysteries, helping even the youngest pray-ers to keep their place.
The Rosary anchors their family life with eight children — Maximilian, 14; Isabella Clare, 12; Olivia Irene, 10; Benjamin Joseph, 8; Dominic, 7; Samuel, 5; Gabriel, 3; and Violet, who is going on 2 months — amid home schooling. As Elizabeth explained, “We’ve had times where we’ve really struggled to sit together and pray the Rosary as a family. We make a recommitment to pray it each day. I feel like the grace that comes from God and knowing I’m helping my children develop this prayer life and carry it into adulthood is wonderful. We struggle like any family. The baby will throw things across the room, and that gets giggles. That’s all part of the beauty of it.”
As she also shared, “I enjoy how as the kids have gotten older they can help lead each one of the decades, and it feels more like praying it as a family.”
In terms of the family business, the children assist with packing the rosaries into the gift boxes in which they’re shipped, labeling packages and mailing them. The two older girls learned how to make rosaries from their mother. Of the scores of different beads, Bella said, “There’s Cats Eye I really like working with.” Another favorite is a Christmas-themed one “that’s really pretty.” Livy has her favorites, too. “My favorite kind of bead is called tree agate.”
They may make rosaries as a family, but praying the Rosary is the most important legacy. As Elizabeth said, “We make a recommitment to pray it each day.”
Twenty-year-old Gonzáles has watched her story go viral over the last week on social media over a post on the “Miss Mexico” Facebook page.
Gonzáles was born April 12, 1997, in Valle de Guadalupe, Jalisco State, to a Catholic family. She currently resides at the convent of the Poor Clare Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament of Cuernavaca in Morelos State, after leaving her career as a nutritionist.
“You really don’t know what religious life is until you’re within it. So far, I have been able to see from another perspective what the world is and what it offers you,” the young novice told CNA.
“I was very happy with everything I had, but it does not compare with the happiness that God now places in my heart.”
The young postulant met the Poor Clare Missionaries five years ago, at the age of 14, when her concern for a religious vocation “was awakening” through “vocational days, missions and camps.”
In addition, she pointed out how it was hardly a month after this process of discernment concluded, when on March 2017, she gave her first Yes to her vocation on the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
“God’s timing is perfect. During this time [of discernment] he allowed me to have some experiences, such as being a beauty queen and other experiences, which forever left their mark and which allowed me to learn a lot for what was to come later.”
The discovery of the vocation to which she had been called was always present in her life like a “little thorn,” she said.
“I realized that I had to make room in my life to know what it was that God had planned for me. In the process of discerning my vocation, there was also fear and doubts, but the love that Our Lord was showing every day made me overcome any feeling of discouragement,” she said.
She said she had discovered that God was calling her “to serve him in a radical way,” that is, changing her “life to embrace the cross of Christ and live it more closely.”
“I have been in religious life very little time, but I truly have been very happy,” she said.
In order to discover her vocation, she spent a lot of time in prayer and charity, “knowing from the outside or from the world” what this change would involve.
“Change is hard for the family because it involves detachment, but I have always had the support of my parents, siblings and true friends. Even though I could have developed myself in some other setting, I feel that if the Lord needs me, then I can bear fruit in a different way,” she told CNA.
Offering advice for young people, she said that in any vocation there will be difficulties, “but if you go and take God’s hand, you'll always be able to take the next step.”
“In religious life every new day is a new beginning and a new opportunity to extend the Kingdom of God. This involves making a lot of sacrifices, but they are always rewarded with happiness,” she said.
The young novice also said that it is true that “the reality and the supposed happiness that the world sells is very attractive,” but “it is necessary to fix your eyes on what lasts.”
The Poor Clare Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament are a Religious Institute of Pontifical Right founded by Blessed María Inés Teresa Arias in 1945 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
The spirit of the order is Eucharistic, Marian, priestly and missionary and is centered on Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
The missionaries work in clinics, youth groups, preschools and schools, university dorms, centers for the spiritual exercises and missions, among others. They are present in Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, the United States, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Vietnam and India.
“You mustn’t be afraid,” the young novice encouraged her peers. “If God is calling you, he’ll take care of everything. All you need to do is receive him with a lot of peace, joy and confidence. I believe fear is a big excuse that is responsible for truncating the true happiness that only God can offer.”
SAINT Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)
“Great love can change small things into great ones,
and it is only love which lends value to our actions.”
-“So what have you been doing at school today, Johnny?”-“I don’t really want to talk about it mom. You’ll see it later on the news, anyways.”
-Little Johnny asks the teacher, “Mrs. Roberts, can I be punished for something I haven’t done?”-Mrs. Roberts is shocked, “Of course not, Johnny, that would be very unfair!”-Little Johnny is relieved, “OK Mrs. Roberts, sorry, I haven’t done my homework.”
-The sole purpose of a child’s middle name, is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.
-I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
-The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
-You know you’re texting too much when……you try to text, but you’re on a landline.
-I can't believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off.
-I asked my daughter if she’d seen my newspaper. She told me that newspapers are old school. She said that people use tablets nowadays and handed me her iPad. The fly didn’t stand a chance.
THE NEW LAWYER
Joe grew up in a small town, then moved away to attend college and law school. He decided to come back to the small town because he could be a big man in this small town. He really wanted to impress everyone.
He opened his new law office, but business was very slow at first. One day, he saw a man coming up the sidewalk. He decided to make a big impression on this new client when he arrived.
As the man came to the door, Joe picked up the phone. He motioned the man in, all the while talking...
"No. Absolutely not. You tell those clowns in New York that I won't settle this case for less than one million..."
"Yes. The Appeals Court has agreed to hear that case next week. I'll be handling the primary argument and the other members of my team will provide support..."
"Okay. Tell the DA that I'll meet with him next week to discuss the details..."
This sort of thing went on for almost 5 minutes. All the while the man sat patiently as Joe rattled instructions.
Finally, Joe put down the phone and turned to the man.
"I'm sorry for the delay, but as you can see, I'm very busy. What can I do for you?"
The man replied "I'm from the phone company...I came to hook up your phone."
A Sunday School teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus
with them to Jerusalem. A small child replied: "They couldn't get a babysitter."
An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no
male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial
service, she wrote, "They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I
don't want them to take me out when I'm dead!"
A police recruit was asked during the exam, "What would you do if you
had to arrest your own mother?" He said, "Call for backup."
How to Install a Cheap Home Security System
1. Go to a second-hand store and buy a pair of men's used size 14-16 work
2. Place them on your front porch, along with several empty beer cans, a
copy of Guns & Ammo magazine and several NRA magazines.
3. Put a few giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazine.
4. Leave a note on your door that reads:
Hey Bubba, Big Jim, Duke and Slim,
I went to the gun shop for more ammunition. Back in an hour. Don't mess
with the pit bulls -- they attacked the mailman this morning and messed him
up real bad. I don't think Killer took part in it but it was hard to tell
from all the blood. PS - I locked all four of 'em in the house. Better
wait outside. -Cooter
SAINT Thérèse of Lisieux
“Oh, how well I know that happiness is not found in the things around us.
It is found in the secrecy of the soul.”
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
R. and let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace.
V. May all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
SUNDAY MASS READINGS AND QUESTIONS
for Self-Reflection, Couples or Family Discussion
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, October 24th, 2021
The First Reading- Jeremiah 31:7-9
Thus says the LORD: Shout with joy for Jacob, exult at the head of the nations; proclaim your praise and say: The LORD has delivered his people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them back from the land of the north; I will gather them from the ends of the world, with the blind and the lame in their midst, the mothers and those with child; they shall return as an immense throng. They departed in tears, but I will console them and guide them; I will lead them to brooks of water, on a level road, so that none shall stumble. For I am a father to Israel, Ephraim is my first-born.
Jeremiah was writing to the people of God during a time of horrendous religious corruption in the Temple, political corruption, assault against his country, and then occupation and exile. In the midst of all this, he preached reform and hope. Today’s first reading is an expression of Jeremiah’s belief that God would restore Israel; that those who were suffering would eventually come out the other side and experience true joy. His message for Israel, unfortunately, wasn’t something he himself would see come to fruition, as he was murdered by the people for whom he tried to bring hope. His hope was rooted in God’s salvation of the remnant—the faithful few—but also in reform of the leaders and the people. Sadly, most folks wanted everything fixed without having to change themselves.
Adults - Have you ever been the bringer of a message of hope and have been rejected? Why did the person (or people) refuse to listen? Have you ever rejected someone else’s message of hope? What prevented you from receiving it?
Teens - Have you ever been in a very dark place in need of a message of hope? Who brought you that hope?
Kids - What does the word hope mean to you?
Responsorial- Psalm 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Then they said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
-What brings you true joy?
The Second Reading- Hebrews 5:1-6
Brothers and sisters: Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest, but rather the one who said to him: You are my son: this day I have begotten you; just as he says in another place:
You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
The second reading is a reminder that the high priest, the one who would make the sacrifices in the Temple for the forgiveness of the people, is a flawed person just like the rest of us. Priests, human as they are, are chosen by God for service and so need understanding and compassion when they mess up just as they too are to be vessels of mercy. Nobody’s perfect. We’re all broken people helping one another to heal.
Are you overly critical of others? Or, do you know people who are? If so, what do you think the cause is?
The Holy Gospel according to Mark 10:46-52
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me." And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me." Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you." He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see." Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you." Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
Bartimaeus, the blind man in today’s Gospel, is healed because of his faith. If we look closely at the story, he heard that Jesus was passing by and yelled until he got Jesus’ attention — despite people telling him to be quiet. He calls Jesus “son of David,” a messianic title in that time. In his persistence, he received an answer, a healing and a new life. Jesus didn’t require anything of him; he even told him that he could “go your way,” but Bartimaeus followed Jesus on his way.
Adults - What does it tell you about Jesus that Bartimaeus chose to follow Him on His way, even though Jesus did not require him to do so?
Teens - What can Bartimaeus tell us about persistence in prayer?
Kids -How do you think Bartimaeus felt when Jesus healed him?
LIVING THE WORD OF GOD THIS WEEK! – “The rediscovery of the value of one's baptism is the basis of the missionary commitment of every Christian, because we see in the Gospel that he who lets himself be fascinated by Christ cannot do without witnessing the joy of following in his footsteps. In this month of October, especially dedicated to the mission, we understand even more that, in virtue of baptism, we have an inherent missionary vocation. We invoke the intercession of the Virgin Mary so that missionaries of the Gospel will multiply. Intimately united to the Lord, may every baptized person hear that he is called to proclaim the love of God to all, with the testimony of his own life.”
--Angelus Address, Pope Benedict XVI, October 29, 2006
585. With what spirit of communion and mission do we pray to God as “our” Father? d) all of the above
Since praying to “our” Father is a common blessing for the baptized, we feel an urgent summons to join in Jesus’ prayer for the unity of his disciples. To pray the “Our Father” is to pray with all people and for all people that they may know the one true God and be gathered into unity.
586. What does the phrase “Who art in heaven” mean? c) with Christ we already live there
This biblical expression does not indicate a place but a way of being: God transcends everything. The expression refers to the majesty, the holiness of God, and also to his presence in the hearts of the just. Heaven, or the Father’s house, constitutes our true homeland toward which we are moving in hope while we are still on earth. “Hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3), we live already in this homeland.
587. What is the structure of the Lord’s Prayer? d) God-centered petitions with our poverty and expectations
It contains seven petitions made to God the Father. The first three, more God-centered, draw us toward him for his glory; it is characteristic of love to think first of the beloved. These petitions suggest in particular what we ought to ask of him: the sanctification of his Name, the coming of his Kingdom, and the fulfillment of his will. The last four petitions present to the Father of mercies our wretchedness and our expectations. They ask him to feed us, to forgive us, to sustain us in temptations, and to free us from the Evil One.