As we begin our 135th Anniversary this week, I thank Bishop Golka and all of you for your prayers and support! I thank Father Brad Noonan who did amazing work in the construction of our new sanctuary. I thank Father Matthew, our Deacons, and dedicated parish staff, catechists, and all of our ministers for your hard work day-in and day-out. I love being with you and walking in the footsteps of those who started building our parish way back in 1888.
Thank you to all who have been praying our Novena to St. Francis. Our special intentions have been:
Please bless our parish as we celebrate our 135th Anniversary!
Please bring more people to Holy Communion during our National Eucharistic Revival
Please increase your love and your peace in our hearts and our homes.
This Wednesday, October 4 at 5 PM, everyone is welcome to join our children at Mass at 5 PM. Is the actual feast day of St. Francis of Assisi! We will bless your pets immediately after Mass outside! Our Knights of Columbus will be providing ice cream for all!
Bishop Golka will be joining us next Sunday at the 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM Masses to celebrate with us. Our Hispanic community will be providing food after each of those Masses. As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I am so grateful to our brothers and sisters for their faith and devotion.
Bishop Golka gave permission for pastors to replace the St. Michael prayer after Mass with an appropriate prayer for the National Eucharistic Revival. What more appropriate prayer can we offer than that named after our patron, Saint Francis! As we carry the very Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus within us in Holy Communion, we go forth with this beautiful song:
Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord. And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.
Make me a channel of your peace. Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, only light. And where there’s sadness, ever joy.
O Master, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love with all my soul.
Make me a channel of your peace. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
In giving of ourselves that we receive. And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.
Father Mark Zacker