Congratulations are extended to our parish from Henderson County and the Blue Ridge Times. In a recent poll taken in their daily newspaper and/or online, our parish was voted the friendliest parish in the county. A banquet was held on November 9th where the winners in each category were announced and we received a first place plaque for Best of the Blue Ridge – Place to Worship. Thanks to all you who voted for us. Let’s keep that reputation alive!
Thanksgiving Day Mass will be at 10:00. We invite you to bring nonperishable foods for IAM and if you wish, something from your own Thanksgiving meal that will be blessed near the end of Mass.
Thank you for your continued support of our Capital Campaign. Special thanks to all of you who submitted reflections for our 28-day devotional book. It was a real blessing for all of us.
Jesus’ words are not spoken to frighten his disciples, nor should they frighten us. Rather, they are offered to prepare us for the changes we will experience during our lifetimes and at the end times. Our consolation and hope is found in the lasting nature of Jesus’ words and God’s never-ending love for us.
As we continue our Capital Campaign I must say thank you to all who have supported us thus far, bringing our total to over $1 million. This weekend, having prayed the 28-day devotional, we invite you to become part of the future of our parish with your gift or pledge. Both our church and school will greatly benefit from this campaign. Thank you in advance for your gifts. Today we say a special thank you to all our Veterans. We share the joy of freedom today because of you and the many sacrifices you made for us. May God continue to bless and reward you.
A reminder to those joining me on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that we will have a gathering on Monday, Nov. 12th at 7:00 in the St. Joseph Center.
True Christianity demands hard thinking and hard work about how to live the Gospel as an ever-present way of life. Am I truly alive in the Gospel OR am I simply keeping up appearances?
Fr. John Salvas had a successful bone marrow transplant on Tuesday, October 23rd and is currently undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatments to prevent rejection. Continue to keep him in your prayers.
Next weekend will be our in-pew Pledge Sunday for our capital campaign. We are well over the one-million-dollar point and hope many of you will help us move forward next weekend.
Also, next weekend, our Women’s Guild will be having their annual Christmas Faire in the St. Francis Room. Be sure to stop down after each of the Masses.
The parish photo directory is at the printer and should be ready very soon. It is looking great.
When is the last time you stopped in for Eucharistic Adoration or just a visit with Jesus? The church is open all day and Adoration is Thursdays from 9am to 9pm. The Lord loves visitors.
In the Gospel today, Jesus says “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart . . . You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” With these words, Jesus provides the fundamental pursuit of the Christian. Have a blessed week.
Many thanks to all of you who supported our coat and blanket drive a few weeks ago. IAM sent a thank you letter acknowledging that we collected 26 bags of blankets, 3 bags of towels and 7 bags of coats. Did you know that so far this year IAM has served 8,765 people? On an average they see 85 new clients a month. It is wonderful that we are a part of this great mission of mercy here in Hendersonville.
Our capital campaign continues to move forward. We are sorry in the mix up with those who did not get their devotional books in time to begin the 28 days of prayer. Hopefully you have all received one by now.
Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation, All Saints Day. Be sure to check the schedule of Mass for this special day. In the Gospel today, Jesus restores sight to the blind man, Bartimaeus. Each of us in our own lives have areas that need healing so that we can see with the eyes of Jesus. What is your blindness?
Bro. John Salvas, who was stationed here for many years, has been diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, a blood disease that affects the bone marrow. He is scheduled soon for a bone marrow transplant. He will remain in the hospital in isolation. Then he will move to the infirmary in Beacon, NY to continue his recovery which could take up to 9 months. Until that time, he is restricted from having visitors because his immune system will be weakened. If you wish, you can send a card but NO visits.
Fr. John Salvas, O.F.M.Cap. St. Francis Friary 50 Lodi Street Hackensack, NJ 07601
As a parish community, let us continue to keep Brother John in our prayers.
We hope you have been praying from our campaign devotional book. We just completed our first week of prayer. Prayer booklets have been mailed to each registered household.
In our Gospel this Sunday, Jesus teaches that those who wish to be great must be the servant of all. Are you up for Jesus’ challenge?