The Church celebrates “All Saints” today, and “All Souls” tomorrow, inaugurating
November as a month of remembering those who have gone before us in the faith. All human beings face the spiritual task of
coming to terms with the mystery of death, with our own mortality, and these
holy days in November help us in that spiritual work: at this Sunday’s masses,
we will especially remember parishioners and their loved ones who have died in
the past year, giving all of us an opportunity to remember the life and the
passing of our own relatives and friends.
As Christians, we can look at death through the lens and light of the
Resurrection of Jesus in which we all hope to share; we can move through grief
and loss to live in a transcendent Hope.
Today’s feast of All Saints turns our attention to the holiness and
loving service that mark the lives of all those who live as followers of Jesus
Christ. All this ritual can lead us to
reflect on the meaning and purpose of our own lives – the call to holiness, to
be saints, that we share with those who have gone before us. They inspire us to take up the Cross and live
lives of compassion and service in our own time and place.
Some news bits. Earlier this
month I attended the annual meeting of the pastors of the Jesuit parishes in
the Midwest region, where we undertook a deeper consideration of the Jesuit
order’s four Universal Apostolic Preferences that are to guide all Jesuit
ministries for years to come. You’ll
hear more about these Preferences in the months ahead. On October 19 we celebrated our second annual
Blessing of the Sneakers for the marathon runners, with a good increase in
attendance. A big thanks to parishioner
Sue DiCosmo who single-handedly promoted this event and gained us some great exposure
in local media. As part of our planning
process, on next Sunday, November 10,
I will host a focus group for parishioners of color to consider how we can
promote greater diversity in our congregation.
On January 12 (save the
date!) we will have another focus group for young couples and families to
understand better their needs and desires.
On November 21 we will be discussing Fr. Gregory Boyle’s book, Barking to the Choir, the story of God’s all merciful love in the most trying of circumstances. There is still time to read the book! More info.
— Liturgy and Music —
This month we will be remembering our beloved deceased during masses. You are invited to participate by adding a name to the book of remembrance at the side entrance.