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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 Lord.

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:

Dorothy Lander                 Rosemary Troese

Margaret Russell                Frank Phillips

Grace McDevitt                 Edgar Ganoe

Cecilia McCloskey             Raymond Ganoe

George Wolf                      Gary Foringer

Ethel Walter                      Lois Chernicky

Mary Lou Ball                   Anne Kerle

John Heffner                     Marilyn Smerkar

Helen Stahlman                  Teresa Caldwell

Michael Kossman               Margaret Murphy

Nicholas Cherico                 Kline Proud

James McCann                   Edward Osterried

Theodore Ochs                   Anna Marie Baker

Francis Greco                     Joseph Banner

Bernice Heinrich                 Elaine Neal

Daniel Estadt                      Madelyn Heagerty

William Stine                      Charles Bracken

Doris Goheen                     Erin Dolecki

Robert Ragon                     Paul Hamilton

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, and 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).
Adult: 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 robbing God?

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE:
Nov. 1              Reverse Raffle

Nov. 3-10-17  Turkey Bingo
Nov. 3-13        "Best of Ireland" Parish Pilgrimage

 

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