From the Pastor's Desk
November 19, 2017
My Dear Parishioners:
There was once a young boy who recently moved into a new town. Being the “new kid” he was constantly teased from his peers. He became withdrawn and sad. One day on the way home from school some bullies pushed his books to the ground. Silently the young man bent down to pick them up, a fellow student seeing his plight bent down and helped him. The boys walked home together and became best friends. Four years later at their high school graduation, the once bullied young man was valedictorian. He told the story but added the following: “What my best friend didn’t know until today is that on the day he helped me pick up my books, was planning to commit suicide. His simple act of kindness saved my life.” This is a true story.
I tell this story to show how much an impact one young person can make in someone’s life. This is what C. Y. O. is about; young people learning to empower their own lives , to build their lives on the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ, and to make a difference in their communities. We need these young people! They are our hope and our future. Please encourage your children, grandchildren to check out the C. Y. O. and their activities. We are so blessed to have some great leaders for our High and Middle School young people.
Thank. God Bless you all,
Your friend and Pastor,
THE OSSUARY FOR ALL SOULS
During the month of November, we remember especially the faithful departed. The Ossuary is the casket like box in the center of the main isle. It is used in funerals where the ashes of the deceased are placed during the Requiem Mass. In the Ossuary in November we pace the Book of Remembrance which contains the names of all the people buried from this Parish from 1948 to the present. We also place the ALL SOULS envelops there too, which the 9 days Novena of Masses is for. May the Ossuary remind us to pray daily for the faithful departed, traditionally the Toll in Church would ring at 8:00 pm and the faithful would recite the De Profundis ( Psalm 130) for the dead.
Out of the depths I have cried to You O Lord! Lord, hear my voice. Let Your
ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If You, O Lord! will mark
iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it? For with You there is mercy: and by reason
of Your law I have waited for You, O Lord!
My soul has relied on His word: my soul hats hoped in the Lord. From the morning watch even until night:
let Israel hope in the Lord. For with the Lord there is mercy; and with Him is plentiful Redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord! And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
V. Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
O God whose property is always to have mercy and to spare. Look with pity upon the souls of the faithful departed, and grant them the forgiveness of all their sins, and bring them to life and peace in your kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This is a beautiful thing for each of us to begin during this month of the Holy Souls. The greatest thing we can do for our loved ones departed is to pray for them and have Holy Mass offered for them. We are reminded that in our Faith we are united in one mystical Body. Pray for your loved ones, but ‘adopt’ a soul that may have no one to pray for them. They will pray for you.
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