I am not sure if many people are aware of this, but there is a long tradition in the Church of setting off an intention or devotion for each month of the year. Perhaps we are familiar with June being dedicated to the Sacred Heart or October the month of the Rosary. Did you know that July is the month dedicated to the Precious Blood of Christ, that January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus, or that March is dedicated to Saint Joseph?
Each month has its special devotion and November is the month to remember the dead, especially the souls in Purgatory. Why November? I think it is because the changing of the seasons brings with it the seemingly dying of the natural world around us. The colors of nature take on a brilliant but then more somber hue and we are reminded of the brevity of life and that all things die. It is a time for reflection on our mortality.
For us Christians, of course, this is not a cause for morbidity but, rather, a time to remember what our faith teaches us: that it is only in death that we come to the fullness of life. As the funeral liturgy reminds us, “For your faithful, O Lord, life is changed, not ended.” Let us take a look at our journey through life, reflect on all we have done and all we have failed to do, and resolve to live more Christ-like lives.
May we and all our loved ones who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith be the beneficiaries of the Lord’s great love and mercy and may we all—one day—be together in heaven!
We would like to express our gratitude to this week's bulletin sponsor, Hershey Pediatric Center. Thank you for your support!
Just a reminder that we have a few SJA items available for order until November 18th. You can order online here or by downloading the order form on our website here.
Please feel free to call us with any questions.
The November edition of our Parish Newsletter is now available online. You can read it here or by clicking on the image below.
This great 11 minute video is trending on social media. Please consider checking it out by clicking on the image below or watch it here.
Generosity takes practice. You get a hundred chances a day to be generous. But do not try it on your own. Instead let the generosity of God, the charity of God, the love of God, the life of God flow through you.
Let the author of generosity, its founder and its source be the vital spring that flows in and through your heart.
Practice generosity in each encounter with another. Escape your own orbit. Take generosity into your prayer life, your home life, and your work place. Bring it to your experience of Church. Make it abundant in every dimension of your life. Be generous in your patience, in your listening, in your forgiveness, in your prayer, in your readiness to serve and readiness to share of your blessings.
Let God practice generosity through you as his beloved child. In this way alone, God who has already made you generous, will make you perfectly like Him... sacred in heart... profoundly generous... Filled with great possibility and lasting joy. The decision has been made. You are generous. Your Amen is all that is needed.
Copyright, Thomas J. Sonni, President, Greater Mission LLC
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