Dear Parishioners, Peace and blessings! Thank you so much for all your prayers as we traveled around Italy. You were in our prayers as well. I posted about 150 pictures so that you could join us in spirit. One thing I was searching for while in Italy was a statue of St. Francis of Assisi. We have no image of St. Francis in our church. It was in Assisi that I found the statue I was seeking. It will arrive here in about 4 or 5 weeks. It is being custom carved for us. If anyone would like to contribute to it, we would be most grateful. You can do so in honor of or memory of someone. If interested, donations should be made out to the Capuchin Friars. The cost of the statue is 4000 euros. I thank Fr. Roberto, Feliciano and Claudia for filling in this spot for me while I was gone. As Pope Francis said to us at our Wednesday audience, “It is not enough to experience God’s mercy in our lives”, the Pope observed. “It is necessary for those who receive it also to be a sign and instrument for others." In His peace, Fr. Martin
This is a vast and profound question that we have been exploring in Faith Formation. We will not attempt to answer it in all its awesomeness but perhaps give a few things to ponder in your heart. Once again, the child has shown us that he is able to grasp the most sublime realities of our faith.
Our God is a God of revelation; all we need to do is open our eyes. John puts it quite eloquently in his gospel: See, know and believe. How are these three dimensions played out in our Liturgy? God made us bodily creatures capable of perceiving reality through our senses-smell, taste, touch, hearing and seeing. Hence, in the Liturgy we have a feast for the senses; we see a carefully orchestrated dance that begins with a procession led by the Cross. We listen to the voices singing the opening hymn. On special feast days, we detect the scent of incense accompanying the procession. Where does Jesus lead us? And how easy is this walk that takes us to the altar? What happens there? In the voices of the children we hear: “He comes into the bread and the wine,” “He lays down his life,” “He dies for us.” What do we do with the gift of Jesus’ body and blood? “We eat it like he told us in the last supper.” What can we say to Jesus for this gift? And so we listen to the children’s own words helping the adult marvel at the beauty of His revelation and the enormous gift that lies hidden in the Mass. We taste the sweetness of the wine as we ponder the words of the Eucharistic Prayer- THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT; WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS…
We see; we know in the depths of our heart that God aches for us and that he makes himself accessible to us… may we come to fully believe.
We would like to express our gratitude to all of you who generously contribute to the Good Samaritan Ministry, in particular to the Good Samaritan Fund. Your generous contributions allow us to support the needy and most neglected in our community in Henderson County. Your generosity and goodness truly makes a difference in the lives of so many in our community. We are so grateful to you for your willingness to assist us helping the poor each month.
Your generous donations in the past four months allowed our Good Samaritan Fund to assist 25 families with rental fees for a total amount of $7,450, 20 families with electric bills for a total of $2886.27, 5 families with water bills for a total of $523.78, 5 people with medical expenses for a total of $1050, and $950 worth of Ingles gift cards were given away to help numerous other families.
We would like to share with you a couple of stories about families that your donations have helped: A struggling family found themselves in a desperate situation when their second child was born three months premature and needed to be kept in the hospital to receive special care. They did not have enough resources to make ends-meet. Our Good Samaritan Fund was able to assist them with Ingles gift cards to purchase gasoline in order to travel back and forth to Mission Hospital until their baby was healthy enough to come home. Their child is doing well. They are most grateful for your assistance during a time of great need.
A young man, the sole provider for his family, who was injured in a bad accident. Due to this accident he developed a serious infection in his foot. Without insurance and without any means of income, he was helpless and incapable of taking care of himself and his family. He came to us for help. Our Good Samaritan Fund was able to assist him by paying for a portion of his medical bills, rent, and food. We gave him and his family the necessary help during a desperate time. Thanks be to God he is now healthy and has returned to his job.
We are so grateful to each one of you for your constant generosity and graciousness to those in need among us. Thank you for recognizing Jesus in the poor. Your goodness and generosity is a constant reminder to us that Jesus still walks among us!
May the Lord reward your goodness with countless blessings.
Someone recently mentioned to me that each Sunday they reflect on the week past and the many blessings they have received, big or small. Keeping that in mind, they find it so much easier to place their weekly offering in the collection, giving back to God for what he received. What a great way to give – in thanksgiving.
Again, this month the Knights of Columbus will be actively recruiting new candidates. We (I and the other friars are Knights too) are especially looking for younger men with families, but any man in good standing with the Church can join. Stop by the table and at least check us out and what we have to offer.
You are welcome to follow our trip to Italy on Facebook: Italy with Fr. Martin and Fr. Remo. We will be posting each day so please follow us and pray or us as we will be praying for all of you.
Next week, Good Samaritan will take over this section.
As most of you know I will be joined by 28 pilgrims from our parish on a trip to Italy next Sunday. We will be leaving October 9th and returning the 18th. You are welcome to follow on Facebook: Italy with Fr. Martin and Fr. Remo. We will be posting each day so please follow us and pray or us as we will be praying for all of you.
During the month of October the Knights of Columbus will be actively recruiting new candidates. We (I and the other friars are Knights too) are especially looking for younger men with families, but any man can join. There are great benefits for families. Stop by the table and at least check us out and see what we have to offer.
Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm we will commemorate the death of St. Francis with a Transitus service in the main church. All are invited to join us.