From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 10, 2021

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Reading the lives of the saints has always been important to me.  This past week we celebrated the feast of Francis of Assisi and Francis Seelos.  Francis of Assisi was the founder of the Franciscan Order.  He heard a voice call him one day to rebuild God’s church.  He set out to rebuild the local physical church that needed repair.  But God wanted Francis to rebuild the church of God in the world.  Francis completely abandoned himself to God by giving away everything he had.  He lived in absolute poverty for the rest of his life.  Francis was known to be a friend of animals.  I have been in places of ministry where I have been asked to bless the pets of school children; this has a special place in my heart as I would walk around the schoolyard and bless dogs, cats, birds, and goldfish.  It was such a nice way to get to know the kids and families better, seeing what kind of pet they had at home.

Francis Seelos is a Redemptorist saint from Europe who came to America as a missionary in the 1800s.  He was known to be a holy priest, most especially known for losing his life in New Orleans during the yellow fever epidemic.  Francis was not afraid to get sick because there were so many people who needed his help.  It reminds me of all the saints, nurses, and doctors who are sacrificing themselves during our pandemic.  May God bless them this day.  When I lived in Biloxi, I would occasionally drive to New Orleans to visit the Seelos shrine.  October 5th is a big day at our parish in New Orleans because a special mass of healing is said on Francis Seelos’ feast day.  The faith of these people is amazing, with everyone asking Francis Seelos to intercede on their behalf.

I want to remind you of our Mission/Revival at the Rock this month, October 24-26.  Revivals are always important to the people in a local parish.  I would like you to put these dates on your calendar and make this a priority.  Fr Tom, Fr Rodney, and I are going to lead each of the evenings.  Sunday will be at 4 pm; Monday and Tuesday will be at 6 pm.  On Sunday night, Fr Tom will talk about the unconditional love of God.  On Monday night, I will talk about our woundedness, and we will have the Sacrament of the anointing of the sick, and on Tuesday, Fr Rodney will celebrate a mass for all of us.  Because of COVID, we should make an extra special effort to be here.  This epidemic has sapped the life out of so many and coming together to celebrate in the name of the Lord will be good for everyone. 

May God continue to bless our parish and all we do here.  We need God’s presence in our lives now more than ever.  I hope you all have a great week in the Lord.