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Our Pastor’s Corner, September 28, 2014, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Last October, Pope Francis surprised many with his announcement calling for an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on topics related to the family and evangelization. This will only be the third time the bishops have had such an extraordinary gathering, and the first since 1985. Since the Synod will begin in the Vatican next Sunday October 5, Pope Francis has asked for our prayers this weekend. In order to familiarize ourselves with the nature and significance of this extraordinary meeting, I have reprinted Pope Francis’ Letter to Families first published on February 2. May the Holy Spirit guide the work of the Synod and inspire us to live what we profess. ~ Fr. Michael
With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization.” Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.
This important meeting will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever. This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task. As you know, this Extraordinary Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September, 2015. May we all, then, pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel.
I am writing this letter to you on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The evangelist Luke tells us that the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in keeping with the Law of Moses, took the Baby Jesus to the temple to offer him to the Lord, and that an elderly man and woman, Simeon and Anna, moved by the Holy Spirit, went to meet them and acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah (cf. Lk 2:22-38). Simeon took him in his arms and thanked God that he had finally “seen” salvation. Anna, despite her advanced age, found new vigor and began to speak to everyone about the Baby. It is a beautiful image: two young parents and two elderly people, brought together by Jesus. He is the one who brings together and unites generations! He is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of Life which sustains us on our journey.
Dear families, your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church. I thank you, and I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love. May the protection of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help you to walk united in love and in caring for one another. I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.
Pictured are The Holy Family, with Christ as a youth, portrayed in the Marriage window in the sanctuary above the organ console.
Thursday, October 02
Natural Family Planning - Intro Class
Attend an Introductory Natural Family Planning class. Thursday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., Aquinas Room. Deacon Bill Turrentine and Pat Turrentine, volunteers with the Couple to Couple League, offer an overview of NFP - what it is and why it is important. Engaged or married couples are welcome. To register ...(more)
Friday, October 03
Silent All-Night Adoration is a time of quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. It is scheduled to take place on First Friday, from 9:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. the following morning. Most attendees spend one or two hours in prayer with the Lord. Because Adoration occurs after the church is locked, ...(more)
Don't miss St. Dominic's parish-wide fall festival in Oktoberfest fashion!
Pre-purchase your event ticket here and receive a $14 value from the $12 adult ticket price to be used at the event for food & beverages. Pre-purchased Child's ticket at $6 receives a $7 value at the event. Proceed...
Class II: Life-Giving Marriages, second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m. in the Siena room
No sign-up is required for the class.
Thursday, October 16
"The Life and Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas"
"The Life and Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas" presented by Fr. Michael Hurley and Fr. Justin Gable. This 6-week series starts October 16th through November 20th, 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Registered parishioners are invited to have their children baptized at St. Dominic’s. Parents and Godparents must participate in our Baptismal Preparation Classes. Both parents and at least one of the godparents must attend...(more)
Saturday, October 25
St. Jude Pilgrimage (eight-mile walk)
Transportation from St. Dominic's parking lot available from 6:30 am - 8:30 am. The walk starts at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 60 Wellington Ave, Daily City.
St Anthony of Padua Relic
St Anthony Relic,Wednesday, October 29, Masses with Veneration at 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. St. Anthony will visit us in the form of a precious relic from his Basilica in Padua, Italy. This relic will be accompanied by Fr Mario Conte, a Franciscan Friar from Padua where the Saint is buried. Accordi...(more)