Editors note: Fr. LeRoy is enjoying some well-deserved time off for himself. For this week’s message, Mary Dee Sandey writes about some fantastic upcoming events in our Catholic Communities.
Dear fellow parishioners,
Summer has passed by all too quickly! Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations are in the stores but none of these things is as important as our spirituality and the Holy Day that is fast approaching. Canon law has set the number of Holy Days at 10, beginning with The Assumption on August 15th and ending with Mary, the mother of God, on January 1st.
On Sunday, October 28 the names of those who have died this past year will be read at both parishes at the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses. Family members will have the opportunity to light a candle in their honor.
November is the month of remembrance when we celebrate the Feast of All Saints and All Souls. November 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation and this year, falls on a Friday. Mass is at 8:15 at St. Paul, as usual. However, this is not a children’s Mass. The children’s Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. at St. Joseph, Waite Park and there is also a 6:30 p.m. Mass at St. Peter’s.
Saturday, November 2nd is the Feast of All Souls. We pray for the deceased who are in Purgatory waiting to enter the Kingdom of God. This will be the first ACC Mass that we, as a Catholic Community, will be celebrating together. Change is exciting and necessary and (for some) also a time to grieve. Some parishioners, sadly, feel that with the clustering of 4 parishes, their identity is lost. They don’t want to “cross the line” to attend Mass anywhere else. I hope that feeling is quickly changed and people don’t feel a loss – but rather a gain of additional churches and times to celebrate the Eucharist. To me, this is similar to welcoming new members into a family. We gladly welcome in-laws, grandchildren and step children and anyone who goes along with becoming a new member in a family.
If you feel a loss, please join us in a Grief Seminar being offered on Thursday, October 17th at 9:00 a.m., at St. Peter’s in the music room. This is a safe place to talk about any loss; be it death, a job, independence, home or church identity. This is a place to share sadness, memories, pain and sorrow. It is also a good place to start healing.
There is no cost but please call to let us know how many to plan for so we can plan refreshments. Please call me at 251-4831 ext. 210.
Grief can change your outlook. You don’t ever forget the sadness and the pain. Grief, if you allow, will reveal who you are – it will reveal depths that you didn’t know you had. The startling weight of grief can burst any bubble of complacency in how you live your life and help you live up to the values you espouse. – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge –