This past week the priests of the Cleveland Diocese attended a workshop on preaching. The priesthood is a calling from God, but like all professions there is room for improvement and/or updating. Preaching God’s word is a mystery – a mixture of a human being’s experience and the working of the Holy Spirit for the good of others.
Monday evening the Pastoral Council will gather for its monthly meeting.
Thursday mornings a few volunteers come to the social hall kitchen to make bologna sandwiches for the poor, underemployed and some homeless persons. We can work out a convenient time, if your group or organization would like to help. This would be an ideal class project for a high school, confirmation class, alumni group. Just call the parish office for more information.
Persecution of Christians abroad as well as here in the U.S. is on the rise. In 1571, a naval battle occurred in Lepanto, Italy between a small ragtag naval fleet of Catholics and a mighty Turkish navy. The pope called on Catholics to pray the Rosary and on October 7th the small fleet prevented an Islamic invasion of Europe.
Pope St. Pius V made the day a feast in Italy honoring Our Lady of Victory but in the early 1700s the name was changed to Our Lady of the Rosary and celebrated by the universal Church. In recent times, St. Padre Pio would state that the weapon against evil is the rosary.
When confronted by pure evil, persecution, and hatred the intercession and protection of the Blessed Mother is a powerful weapon even today.
Under the patronage of St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) our parish church here was consecrated to God on Oct. 15, 1905. Here’s what St. Bernard said about the powerful intercession of St. Mary: “O you, whoever you are, who feel that in the tidal wave of this world you are nearer to being tossed about among the squalls and gales than treading dry land. In dangers, in hardships…think of Mary, call out to Mary. With her protecting you, you will not be afraid. With her leading you, you will never tire. Her kindness will see you through to the end.”(Praises of the BVM, ca. 1125)
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Peace to you and your household, Fr. Dan