Voices of Faith

The Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Friends:

As I write this our nation is aching and grieving once again in the wake of the tragedy of senseless and inexplicable violence after a mass shooting in Las Vegas. “How long, O Lord?” All we can do is pray: for those who perished, for the injured and for the grieving, and to ask the Lord to make up for all that is lacking in us individually and collectively. Peace and lasting justice seem so far from our reach that it might seem all too easy to fall into despair, but Jesus is our life and our hope!

The parable Jesus tells today in our gospel only highlights the senselessness of violence. Jesus rises above all that, however, enduring his own suffering for our sake at the hands of violence. Jesus turns selfishness into self-giving and hatred into love, and in that saving deed we find hope spring from hopelessness, and life from death.

Over the past several weeks I have been encouraged by the blessing of great generosity from our community. We have collected nearly $40,000 in donations for the victims of three hurricanes and the recent earthquake in Mexico. We will provide a detailed accounting of exactly what has been collected and distributed for each cause (to Catholic Charities USA and to Catholic Relief Services) once the final donations have been recorded and totaled.

I am grateful also for the response of so many to our recent Stewardship appeal. The Lord is always calling us forward, to “take the next step” with him in faith. We are making great strides as a parish. Thank you to all who have made the commitment to take the next step with your sacrificial giving to support our parish and its ministries. Many have stepped up to begin using envelopes or FaithDirect, and our offertory collection over the past two weeks has been encouraging as well. If you have not yet completed your pledge form, I invite you to discern what God is asking of you and calling you to give.

God’s peace to you this week,

Fr. Rick