From the Pastor for November 19, 2017
We will celebrate Thanksgiving Day this Thursday, November 23,
2017. The Gospel from Luke 17:11-19, which will be used at Mass on Thanksgiving Day, will remind us of the question that our
Lord Jesus asks after He cures ten lepers, ―Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? We are mindful that to whom much has been given much is expected. What God expects of us, however, is not only our thanks but our obedience and our fidelity. He calls us to be, “a righteous nation…one that keeps faith.” Isaiah 26:2. This Thursday someone will lead us in a prayer in which we will give thanks to God. Let us remember that giving thanks does not absolve us from what God desires of us both as an individual, as a family, as a community and as a nation. Individuals as well as nations must all give an accounting to God for that which they have been given. Our Thanksgiving Mass schedule will be: Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd at 7 am, 9 am and 11:30 am. All Masses will take place in the church. We want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Today we will celebrate the blessing to our Church of the life of Fr. Solanus Casey at our 10:45am Sunday Mass on November 19, 2017. Father Solanus Casey spoke in a soft and quiet voice to all who came to him for help. And he prayed. Some say his prayers cured illness. All say his serenity and counsel gave them peace. He was born into a family with simple faith. He maintained that simple faith all his years. In everything, Fr. Solanus took God’s word to heart. He believed every prayer is answered in God’s own way. In 1958, the Capuchin Minister General called Fr. Solanus “an extraordinary example of a true Capuchin and a replica of St. Francis.” Fr. Solanus spent his life in the service of people.
As porter of the Detroit monastery door, he met thousands of people from every age and walk of life. He earned recognition as "The Doorkeeper." He was always ready to listen to anyone at any time, day or night….and to encourage everyone to “thank God ahead of time.” Fr. Solanus’ holiness is inspiring. He had incredible faith and he was a holy man. Often, people think that holiness is unattainable. But Fr. Solanus demonstrated that an ordinary person can live an extraordinarily faithful life.
We once again congratulate Sam and Karla Nicholson who will be presented this Sunday November 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm with the St. Jude the Apostle Award by Bishop Gregory Parkes at St. Jude Cathedral. St. Jude is located at 5815 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg.
It is a priority for me that our staff does their best to get things right regarding correct spelling of names in the bulletin for Masses, avoiding making mistakes in the scheduling of Masses, correct phone messages when you call, responding to a request that you have made, and all other things that might be subject to human error. I realize that as humans we make mistakes. Please know that we constantly strive for excellence and when we make a mistake I sincerely apologize. If we make a mistake we will do our best to
acknowledge the mistake and work with you to correct our error. I ask for your help. If you have an issue that needs correction I invite you to bring it to my attention. I will work with you and our staff to make things right.
• Parish Office closed on Friday November 24, 2017.
• Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Advent Intergenerational Event, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Parish Center (Dinner/Preparing for Advent/Closing Prayer gathering).
• Saturday/Sunday, December 2/3, 2017: Blessing of Advent Wreaths at all Sunday Masses – Please place your wreath on the tables in front of the altar in the church before Mass.
Respectfully yours in Christ,
Fr. Tom Morgan
Full, Conscious & Active Participation at Mass:
Ideas for Catholic Prayer & Reflection
The simple act of taking off your watch and
leaving it on the dresser before going to Mass
can be a symbolic gesture that the time in
Mass is a gift of time that you are giving back
Question and Mission of the Week:
What obstacles keep you from fully giving of
your time and talent? What shall you do to
overcome these obstacles?
Seek to meet Jesus in those
Prayers and Devotions