|Pastors Desk |
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY: I saw a sign that read “Autumn is
the Springtime of Winter”. As we
enter autumn’s second month, the Sunday Gospel readings call us to be mindful of
the call to discipleship we receive in baptism.
Stewardship is the product of our discipleship.
The definition I sited last Sunday from the 1993 document Discipleship: A Steward’ s Response
asks, “Who is a Christian disciple? One who
responds to Christ’s call, follows Jesus, and shapes his or her life in
imitation of Christ’s. Who is a Christian steward?
One who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a
responsible and accountable manner, sharesthem in justice and love with
others, andreturns them with increase to the
THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS – A mass in observance of this
solemnity--which is not a holy day of obligation in 2014--will
be celebrated on Saturday, November 1 at 8:30 a.m.
THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED--All Souls Day--will be observed next Sunday at
all Masses. Special invitations were
mailed to families who have had a loved one buried from Immaculate Conception
during the past year. We will
remember these souls at Mass with a candle light procession.
The lit candles remain on the Altar during Mass.
Then, the candle is given to the family to take home for prayer and
remembering during the holiday season.
These back-to-back commemorations next weekend express
our Christian faith in the communion of the saints and our need to pray for one
another in the church. We pray for
those who mourn the death of a loved one during the past year.
We pray for each other and especially those on our prayer list.
We seek the intercession of Mary and the saints to pray for us now and at
the hour of our death. We pray in a
special way for those who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, in
the past year:
Mary Lou Ball
Anna Marie Baker
IN REMEMBRANCE...NOVEMBER BOOK OF
THE DEAD - Stop after Mass next Sunday, or
anytime during the month of November, to write the names of your loved ones who
have died in our November Book of the Dead.
FAMILY CENTERED FAITH FORMATION – Make
sure to bring your children to Mass next Sunday for the All Souls day
remembrance. Why not visit the shrine area of Immaculate Conception Church and
have your child choose one of the saints honored there as their “patron saint”?
See if you can pick out the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Francis,
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and Saint Patrick.
CAMPUS MINISTRY CORNER
Ann Enderle Liska
writes - Thank you to the parishioners of Immaculate Conception who prayed for
the Clarion University students while they were on retreat last weekend. The CU
students who participated in Collide: An Encounter between Heaven and
Earth were: Lisa Kopczyk, Kristi Kraft, Sam Mihelic,
Handerson Ornelas. It was moving to see students from the campuses of
Behrand-Penn State, Edinboro, and Mercyhurst living and loving their faith--plus
the food was tasty at the WLD Ranch where we stayed in Girard.
FALL FLOWER MEMORIALS – The floral arrangement at the altar
is given for the Glory of God and in memory of your deceased loved ones. Thank
you for your support of the 2014 “Fall Flower Memorial” fund.
THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Key Passage: “You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall
love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37–39).
In a practical sense, what is one thing that would change in your life if you
loved your neighbor as yourself?
Child: Why is it hard
sometimes to love your neighbor?
PRAY THE ROSARY - The month of October, the month of the
Most Holy Rosary, is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pray the rosary this
week for the sanctity of all human life from natural conception to natural
death. Rosaries and prayer pamphlets are available in lobby.
WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? “November,” one author observed,
“opens a season of the year when our thoughts turn toward the fear of death, the
hope of eternal life, the gratitude we feel for God’s gifts and the charity we
owe to others.”
What do I owe God? Am I giving God my fair share? Am I
SAVE THE DATE:
Nov. 1 Reverse Raffle
Nov. 3-10-17 Turkey Bingo
Nov. 3-13 "Best of Ireland" Parish Pilgrimage