Being Filled with Gratefulness

Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

Gratitude is at the heart of our faith. We experience this reality every time we celebrate a sacrament, promote life in any of its forms, and love God as well as our neighbor as ourselves. The Holy Eucharist means “To Give Thanks” in Greek.

Moments in silent prayer each day afford us the opportunity to meditate on the blessings God has given us. One of the blessings I have been given this past year is being sent to this parish community of Holy Rosary. And, I can’t help but notice the Holy Spirit moving in so many marvelous ways in each of you, such as the volunteers that make this place a beacon to find home.

Every week, we have more and more families joining us here at Holy Rosary—families who bring themselves to enrich us all. During these last three weeks of our present liturgical year, it is also a time of preparing our hearts and souls for new life in the liturgical year which begins November 29—the First Sunday of Advent. Since the liturgical year is at the heart of our faith calendar, why could we not consider making new-faith-year resolutions?! We are located in both a Time of Harvest and a Time of Preparation.

This just in: The angels kneeling facing the tabernacle which holds the Blessed Sacrament are undergoing restoration by a master carpenter and restorer of statues. They will fly back in two weeks. Also, the painting of Jesus Crucified, with Mary and the Beloved Disciple John standing beside the Cross, is also being restored. A benefactor family has made these two restorations possible; yet another reason to be filled with gratefulness for the good we discover by God’s grace in each other in our community.

In God’s loving kindness,

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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All Saints and All Souls

Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

All Saints and All Souls celebrate God’s grace at work in human striving from sinner to saint and how connected we are with the faithful who have passed over into eternal life. For the beloved departed, our gratitude, concern, grief, faith, hope, and love move us to prayer to God on behalf of these souls and we trust that these departed souls are praying for us. As regards Saints, we do not worship them; yet, we do pray to God often through their intercession and we may even have particular saints who may be our patron, friend, and inspiration because we experience a kindred spirit with a saint or several saints. For the Souls in Purgatory, we pray that God’s providential merciful care may bring them home into Heaven. St. Paul often refers to the members of the community to which he is writing to be as living saints. In Colossians 1:2, Paul writes: “To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” Saint Paul himself experienced a profound conversion for he had been persecuting Christ in the earliest Christians such as St. Stephen, martyr. We, too, recognize our capacity to sin and to repent and becoming the living “saints” striving through God’s grace and the practice of the virtues to become holy, not only as individuals but also as a community united.

Let us be united also in promoting vocations to Holy Matrimony, to the Holy Single Life, to the Holy Priesthood, and to the Holy Religious Life during this National Vocation Awareness Week, November 1-7.

Saints Louis & Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

Saint Narcisa of Jesus & St. Maria Goretti, pray for us.

Saint John Vianney, Diocesan & St. Jacques Berthieu, S.J., pray for us.

Saint Martin de Porres, O.P. & St. Katharine Drexel, S.B.S., pray for us.

All holy women, men and youth, pray for us.

In God’s loving kindness

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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