This Church is in constant need of repair. Does it ever end? Over time, and when we become complacent to its needs, the elements wear away its sturdy structures. We may try some quick fix with a band aid, and find it doesn’t last. Some decisions that people make to better and beautify parts of the Church only cause more deterioration. We have a beautiful Church and we want to see it shine for the glory of God – every “living stone” of it!
I am talking about THE Church, not simply our church building here. Although our building is a monster to care for and where the repairs never end, I am talking about our Catholic Church.
A year and a half ago, Pope Francis took a look at the Church and started asking how we can fortify one of the most fundamental structures of our Church and society – Marriage and the Family. We have the tools – Christ, Scriptures, and Sacred Tradition. But it seemed we didn’t use more than band aids in many parts of the world to safeguard Catholic marriages and families. It appeared that the cultural elements – i.e. ways of thinking about commitment, sexuality, children, and divorce were wearing away the sacredness and purpose of this Christian vocation. The pope wanted an assessment from clergy and laity around the world. He then compiled the results into a working document, and called in some consultants to take a look at the renovation blueprint, and now take a year to pray, study, consult, and present a realistic way to revitalize and care for this Sacramental structure within our Church and in society.
The Bishops concluded its first meeting (Synod) to discuss the working document. The news media gave us bits and pieces of what some of the topics and issues were. In the interim we pray for the Church as it once again listens to the signs of the times and remains faithful to the call of Jesus to reform our lives and follow Him.
Fr. Frank returns later this week from vacation. We hope it was a restful time for him. This Sunday has become known as “Priesthood Sunday”. I probably speak for the other priests here, when I say we know of your appreciation for our priestly ministry. So often throughout the year, many of you send a note or card to say thanks for something we’ve done or do. Your affirmation and gratitude to us personally is heard and felt. Thanks!
But, it was the Son of God who instituted the ministerial priesthood at the Last Supper. He removed his apron and washed his disciples’ feet. But all along, Jesus had been commissioning and preparing His Apostles for the ministry when He sent them out in mission, and when he charged them to be instruments of grace, forgiveness, and healing. Priests, primarily the bishops, share fully in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. For this reason, today our gratitude is directed to Jesus for the gift of the priesthood in the whole Church. What a blessing it is; what a fulfilling life it can be. Please pray for priests, especially those in the Cleveland Diocese.
Mark your Calendars – Wednesday, Nov. 5th! In the Bible, Jesus calls us to pray for workers for His harvest. That evening we will pray:
Adoration of the Eucharist 5:30-7:30pm
(Join us in part or its entirety)
Celebration of Mass following Adoration
(A newly ordained deacon
preparing for the priesthood
will join us and preach)
WEDNESDAY – NOVEMBER 5 – 5:30 to 8:30pm
This event, sponsored by our vocation office, is being held at St. Bernard and publicized in Akron parishes so others can join us here.
Newman Students please join us on Nov. 5 as part of your evening events and dinner.
Also, this Wednesday Oct. 29, there will be carpooling to the 7:30 presentation by Jason Evert on the Virtue of Chastity. Meet here at 6:15pm if you want a ride down to Queen of Heaven Parish in Uniontown. Or catch the presentation at St. Hilary Parish in Fairlawn on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:30pm.
Saturday is the Feast of All Saints. Although we are not obliged to attend Mass when a Holyday falls on a Saturday or Monday, we will celebrate a Mass at 9:30 A.M. at ST. MARY Parish. Let’s honor those holy men and women who pray that we remain faithful to Christ and His Church.
Please take note of the events happening this week in the parish, particularly for those interested in becoming Catholic. Those with questions join us Tuesday night; and those considering the Sacraments of Initiation meet on Wednesday night.
Finally, once again, PARDON OUR DUST! We signed a contract for the new parking lot. A retaining wall along University Avenue will begin early November, weather permitting! Please allow space along the north side of the church for those needing assistance.
Thanks for reading! Peace, Fr. Dan