Pastor Letter October 4

Dear Parish Family,

October is a month dedicated to Our Blessed Mother Mary and the especially the Rosary. The Rosary is our weapon for peace. It is accompanying Mary was we encounter Jesus in his life, death and Resurrection. We pray the Hail Mary ten times in each decade. This allows us to meditate on the mystery of Joy, Light, Sorrow and Glory. Beginning with the Creed and the three Hail Mary’s for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Love; we are uniting ourselves more deeply into salvation history.

The Joyful Mysteries are: The Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel, the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, the Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, and the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.

The Luminous Mysteries brings us to encounter Jesus in his public life: The Baptism of the Lord, The Miracle of the Wedding Feast of Cana, The Call of the Kingdom with it’s call the conversion and the Institution of the Eucharist as a sign of the Paschal Mystery.

The Sorrowful Mysteries plunges us into the suffering of Christ in His Passion: The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning of Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross and the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.

The Glorious Mysteries focuses on the Redemption Christ has won for us. The Resurrection from the dead, The Ascension into heaven, The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Coronation of Mary as Queen of heaven and earth.

During this month of October, the Church upholds many saints, whose lives are heroic examples of virtue, faith and discipleship. On October 1st we celebrate the Carmelite saint, Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Her “Little Way” of living in simplicity is renounced for growing in Holiness.

On October 4th is the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, He founded the Franciscan Order and is the patron for animals, ecology, all ministering with the poor. He revolutionized the 11th Century founding an order of Friars Minor, the Poor Clares and the Third Order of secular laypeople seeking to follow the Gospel in holy joy. Francis went so far as to speak with the Moslem Sultan and was admired for his dedication to God. Many other great saints will be remembering in the Church: The Holy Guardian Angels, Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Carmelite Reformer, Saint John Paul II.

A saint in the making has a quote filling us with hope, it’s almost prophetic and it comes from Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

The Church is like Noah’s arc that was full of both clean and unclean animals. It must have been an unholy smell, and yet it was carrying eight persons to salvation. The world today is tearing up the photographs of a good society, a good family, a happy individual personal life. But the Church is keeping the negatives. And when the moment comes when the world wants a reprint, we will have them.

I will end by asking that people who do come to attend Mass in person when wearing masks be sure that both the mouth and nose are covered. One can contaminate oneself by not covering the nose and just using the mask as a chin strap. When approaching the priest for reception of Holy Communion, please keep the mask on in place and when Jesus is place in your hand, turn away from the priest before receiving Him. Thank you for this. This recommendation came from some medical personnel who are watching and concerned that we are not unsafe and careless.

We apologize for not having a gathering for the blessing of animals this year. On Wednesday, weather permitting at 7PM in the rectory parking lot we will have a recitation of the rosary, a Mass and Anointing of the Sick. As in August we only ask is that you space yourselves 6 feet and bring your own folding chair. This will be a special Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

God bless and keep you safe.

Father Tom Devery