From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 18, 2020

From the desk of Fr Stephen

As we all know, this time of the year is election time. It is an important time, especially every four years with the Presidential election.  On November 3rd, all Americans 18 years and older have the right to vote for their chosen candidate. This is a very important privilege our forefathers have given us to offer our voice to the governing of our country.  As American citizens, we have a say in how this country is run.  The United States is not a communist-run country; we do not have a dictator.  If my recollection of American history serves me right, the Constitution of the United States of America says our government is one OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE.  Therefore, if we don’t like the person or persons in charge, we can vote them out of power.  It is our vote that can do this, if we unite our voices and vote, things can change, but we must believe that we can make a difference.  As the people of America, we have been given the power to make changes when given a chance, but we must take the opportunity and not let it slip by.  I strongly encourage everyone to make sure they have registered to vote, and then on November 3rd, vote your conscience.  The American dream of freedom is given to us all, especially in this one area of our lives.  Not every country in the world is allowed to vote for someone they want to lead them.  We have been given a privilege and I hope we all take full advantage of it.

Next Sunday, we will honor our Elders at Sunday Mass.  The last Sunday of October has traditionally been the day to recognize our Elders.  Although we will not be able to do anything in terms of having a banquet, we will pray together for them with a special blessing.  I realize many of our Elders cannot make it on Sunday, so we will also pray for you virtually.   If any Elders can make it next week, we would love to have you.

On Wednesday, October 28th, at 7 p.m., we will have a virtual Prayer Service in preparation for election day, Tuesday, November 3rd.  We need to get together and pray.  I invite you to be a part of this prayer service to ask God to help us during this election season.

On Sunday, November 1st, we will bless the Ladders of Remembrance. If you have any pictures of loved ones who have died over the years, please bring them to the office and we will include them for the month and November.

I want to also thank James Butler for putting together a collection of the Voices of Praise’s music.  I have listened to these songs many times over the past couple of weeks.  Thanks, James.