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Last Sunday our parish pot­luck was a successful event and joyful time for fellowship around a shared meal.  With the sharing spirit, we all left with full and happy stomachs.  I wish to thank the social committee, and especially Craig Phillips and Chuck Ingram who helped to prepare the meat for us all.

Once a year the priests of the diocese gather with our Bishop for continuing education days, where our shepherd arranges for us a series of lectures and reflections that help us to live out better our priestly ministry.  This year the focus is on various topics such as parish operations and personal wellness, even priestly retirement and how that works.  I will leave on Tuesday mid-day and return Thursday evening.  Please pray for your priests that we always try more and more to be the caretakers God desires us to be through faithfulness to our mission.

Besides our great parish feast day at the start of the month, October has many other memorable dates ahead.

The feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4, is a special opportunity to bless animals.  While I missed the chance to get the announcement ahead of time, you are free to bring your animals to the church parking lot at 1:00 p.m. today (October 8) for a blessing.  If you cannot do so but would still like a blessing, please call the parish office and I will coordinate with you to make it work.

Just yesterday (Saturday) the Church honored the Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary.  The story of this feast day and the battle of Lepanto is quite inspiring.  It shows us the power of prayer when the church unites for a single purpose.  I encourage you to pray the Rosary regularly for peace in our world, for peace in our families, and for peace in our own hearts.  And pray for our parish to continue to respond more and more deeply to the love of Jesus.

Friday the 13th, although it sounds ominous, is truly a day of great wonder for the universal church, since it is the 100th anniversary of the “miracle of the sun” at Fatima, Portugal.  This miracle is one of the most well­attested miracles of all time, since there were thousands of people (including atheists who despised the church) who experienced the multiple miracles that day: the sun “spinning” / “dancing”, changing colors, and then seeming to plummet to earth; and finally, the dry clothes and ground after hours and hours of rain.  If you have never read much about Fatima, I highly encourage you to discover more about it from one of the many available sources.

Saint Thérèse, the little flower, pray for us!