I am writing this on Wednesday, October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis. Once we hit October and the shorter days of sun, I know the holy days are fast approaching.
Remember that November starts with the Feast of All Saints on the first, followed by the Feast of All Souls on the second. Both days remind us of the important doctrine called the ‘Communion of Saints’. Because of the power of Baptism to make all who receive it part of the Body of Christ, we are all connected. The first two days of November additionally remind us of our deep connection to all those who have gone before us and died, saints and sinners alike. Soon, you will see a list for the names of all those who have died this past year. Let us remember and be grateful.
Next weekend two important things happen. First, it is a Mass count weekend. It is very important that we get our Mass count up. Last year we had a significant decline and I hope to see that trend reversed. The Diocese takes the count seriously as they do pastoral planning. Secondly, starting on Sunday October 15th, the priests of the Diocese will join with Bishop Caggiano for three days of renewal, prayer, and community building. To make sure we don’t sneak back, the days will be held in Newport. Concretely, THERE WILL BE NO 6PM MASS ON THE 15TH. IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE NO DAILY MASS ON THAT MONDAY, TUESDAY, OR WEDNESDAY. On the three weekdays, Deacon Dean will hold a Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion at 9am each day. Please pray for our priests.
Finally, it is that time of the year to start talking about the RCIA, or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. If any adult wants to be baptized or received into the Church, please call the parish office to inform us. Then, just come to the Resource Room any Tuesday Night at 7pm. On Tuesday nights, we have a group of anywhere from 7 or 8 people who have been part of past RCIA groups. We come together for an hour to pray, learn, and share our Faith. It is a wonderful group and if anyone wants to be either Baptized or received into the Church, it is a perfect group to join. If you just need Confirmation, this group is for you as well. Please consider joining us.