Voices of Faith

The Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Friends:

Following Jesus means taking on his way, his thoughts, and his deeds. St. Paul encourages the Philippians with that mandate: “Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5). Paul goes on to offer the great prayer (believed to be one of the earliest Christian hymns) about Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. It is not merely a matter of doing what Jesus would do, but bearing in our hearts and minds Jesus’s own thoughts and feelings. That is a much harder task, but it is a great goal to strive for!

Thanks to all who have generously responded with your pledge of support for the parish this year as together we “Take the Next Step.” As a parish we are always striving (or at least we should be!) to take steps forward in faith as we follow the Lord’s call. That means that each of us needs to do our part, too, in following the Lord with forward progress, always looking ahead to the “next step.” There are many exciting things planned for this year, and your regular contributions enable us to do God’s will.

This week I will spend several days in Minneapolis participating in the annual meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. This organization of leaders of diocesan liturgy directors and diocesan liturgical commission members offers support and training for those who work in pastoral liturgy. They offer materials for formation and teaching about the liturgy. I always look forward to this gathering of many of my former colleagues from my years at the USCCB, and there is always more to learn!

God’s peace to you this week,

Fr. Rick