Pastor’s Corner from July 16, 2017
This weekend and next I will be out of town on vacation. This is the time of year where I change from a “fisher of men” into a “fisher of fish.” Know of my prayers for you all while I am away, and please keep me in your prayers as well. I look forward to seeing you upon my return.
Mission Priest This Weekend
As was mentioned in last week’s Pastor’s Corner, this weekend we will have a mission priest preaching at all the Masses. This is the weekend of the year when our parish participates in the
diocesan Mission Cooperative Plan. The Missionary Cooperative Plan assigns a mission group to every parish to speak about the work of our church in other parts of the world and to remind us that our church is fundamentally a Mission Church.
Rev. Marcin Surga, Redemptorist, will speak at all Masses this weekend on behalf of their ministries in Ukraine and Russia. The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (“Redemptorists”) is a missionary congregation that ministers to the poor in more than 70 countries around the world. The area of the former Soviet Union is a place where many neglected people need help and where our Church was systematically persecuted under communism. As we celebrated the 4th of July earlier this month, a time when we give thanks to God for the liberties we have been given, we cannot imagine what it is like to live in a place where liberties we take for granted are denied. The specific project with which the Redemptorists seek help is the building of a church and pastoral center in Togliatti, located in central Russia.
This appeal is a reminder to us of the universality of our Church and, as Jesus teaches us, of our responsibility to help our brothers and sisters in need. We are so blessed to live in a free and prosperous society, and none of us can truly understand what it is like to worry day to day about food, clothing and shelter (not to mention medical care and education) or being in danger if we practice our faith. We take our infrastructure and civil liberties as a given. We would hope that all could do the same, but that’s not the reality in most of the world. This blessing we have is completely gratuitous, as we had nothing to do with our place of birth, just as those we help had nothing to do with the location of their birth. Through no fault of their own, they live in more difficult circumstances. We are called to do what we can to help, so please be generous.
The second offertory this weekend will be for support of the mission. If you have brought envelopes for our regularly scheduled second offertory for the Bishop’s Services Appeal, please place that envelope, along with your offering for our regular offertory, in the first collection basket. Thanks again for your help!