One of the great blessings of our Catholic faith is an awareness of the family of God. We certainly see it every time we come together to worship and celebrate the Mass. We experience it when we are mindful of the needs of our community, our families and friends and, knowing their needs, lift them up in prayer. Similarly, when we are struggling, we feel this familial aspect of our faith as others pray for us.
Though we are often mindful of those members of our family of faith whom we see in our daily lives, this weekend’s celebration of All Saints reminds us that our family of faith does not end with those still living in the world. It extends to those who have gone before us and who have now attained the perfection and glory of heaven for which we all long.
Sometimes other Christians think it odd that we have a devotion to the Saints, that we pray to them, have statues and images, and study their lives. However, our devotion is only a natural reflection of our belief that we are united to them as one family in Christ. Our Lord taught us: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit […]. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. ” Death does not cut us off from God. And the Saints are those who most perfectly fulfilled the Father’s commandments and therefore remain in Christ’s love for all time. If they are in Christ through love and fidelity and we too are in Christ, then we remain united with our brothers and sisters in heaven.
If we are one family with the Saints, then why would we not ask them to pray for us, just as we might ask our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, children and friends to pray for us? In scripture we read: “The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.” Who is more righteous than those who have been made perfectly righteous in heaven, our brothers and sisters in Christ? If it is good for us to pray for one another, those from whom we should most seek prayers are the Saints. Scripture promises us that their prayers are powerful indeed.
We are truly brothers and sisters with the Saints in heaven. If we maintain a relationship with them through mutual love and prayer, wouldn’t it be odd if we didn’t have pictures of them? Don’t we all keep photos of our family members and friends? Such images are a reminder of the ones whom we love and call to mind their lives that have touched us in some way. So too it is only natural that we should keep reminders of our brothers and sisters who are in heaven. These images remind us of the love we share for God and help call to mind their holy lives which are living examples of the path that leads us to God our Father.
Support families around the world through your Christmas shopping while helping our Guatemala Mission. Place your order with the Pinneys by November 15. Choose any of the craft and food items from crsfairtrade.org or the CRS FT catalog. To order or for more info. Contact Judy 301- 0105 or email@example.com Pick up orders at the Fair Trade Sale and Breakfast, December 6, 9:00 – noon.
The next preparation class for parents and godparents who wish to baptize their infants or children (under 7 years old) will be Saturday, December 5th, 9:30 – noon in the John of the Cross Room. Please call the parish office to register.
An opportunity to reflect on and imitate the examples of our favorite saints, ordinary human beings who strove to live Jesus’ Law of Love: Mary, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Clare, Mother Teresa, St. Juan Diego, St. Patrick, etc.
”We seem to think we can substitute an irreplaceable and irretrievable beauty with something which we have created ourselves.”
– Pope Francis
November 8th at St. Patrick’s Blanchet Hall from – 4:30-7:00 pm. Includes a green salad, steak, baked potato, ranch beans and other fixings. Cost is $15 and children’s dinner is $5 (hamburger and chips). There will also be adult beverages. Come support your local Knights of Columbus and your Catholic Community.
All Assumption Church Women are invited to the meeting, November 3 (meetings have returned to the 2nd Tuesday of the month). Rosary prior to the 1:30 meeting. Refreshments are provided. All are encouraged to attend and participate in our ministries from visiting the homebound, to welcoming new babies.
The Christlife small group experience is in January 2016. In preparation for this spiritual journey, you are needed to ensure its success! Please join us for an informational meeting, November 8th—5:30-7:00 pm. Wine, cheese, and other refreshments will be provided.
The movie ‘Heaven is for Real’ will be November 15, from 2-5 in the St. John room at St. Patrick’s. The PG movie is about a young boy who dies on the operating table and comes back sharing his story of being in Heaven. Consider bringing a snack to share with the group.
November 12, 11:30 am at St. Pat’s Blanchet Hall. Speaker will be Donna Coffeen, on: “Giving Juvenile Offenders a chance.” Please bring a salad or main dish to share. All seniors and those who assist them are always welcome!
November 14 at 11:30 am, to benefit St. Michael’s Haven, permanent housing for homeless veterans’ and their families. Cost is $25. Contact CC at 525-0572 or Christy at, 525-3958.