In his letter from a few weeks ago about the recent scandals in the Church, especially in the U.S., our Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades encouraged the prayer of St. Michael to be prayed at the end of Masses throughout the diocese. Pope Francis has also asked it to be prayed at the end of a daily rosary for the Church’s healing, reform, and purification. This prayer has a long tradition, and some parishes had already been saying this prayer in recent months/years. I myself had received multiple requests about using this prayer at the parish before now, and with Bishop’s encouragement I am happy to have it said at our parish immediately following the dismissal of “Go in peace / Thanks be to God." Below, is some brief information about the prayer and the prayer itself.
Reflections on the beauty of our Faith from our parish missionary...
The hardest sacrament for me is Reconciliation. I mean, of course it is! Telling all the wrong things that I’ve done to someone is not what I would ideally have to do. So why did Jesus institute this sacrament? Imagine that you injured your arm. Would your arm be the only part of your body effected?
The Little Flower family will be collecting gifts for the clients of the Women’s Care Center now until November 5.
Please place unwrapped gifts in or near the pack ‘n play in the gathering space. Items that are especially needed: diapers, baby wipes, baby shampoo/lotions, and new clothes size newborn to 2T. Thank you in advance for your generosity during this Respect Life Month!
Project Rachel is a post-abortion reconciliation program offered by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. This ministry offers hope and healing for all those who suffer from the pain of abortion and its aftermath. God is loving and forgiving and in His name the Church reaches out to all those in need of healing with compassion and concern.
All parents of high school youth interested in this incredible conference are encouraged to attend! This meeting will give an outline of the weekend and why this experience could help your child grow closer to the Lord through the Holy Spirit. The theme for this conference is Belong.
It was fun sharing some photos and stories from my pilgrimage, especially of my time in Lisieux, with those who were able to attend the parish potluck. I would like to share a couple of the more poignant events with you briefly. One was seeing where Therese made her first Confession at the Cathedral (her family’s parish) when she was only five years old - she knew right and wrong quite early! Another was at the convent, where in the exhibit section they give you a chance to walk through her cell door, where she would have passed countless times over those almost ten years in the convent. I also visited her family home, open to pilgrims. And, saving best for last: praying before her tomb and saying Mass in Lisieux.
Last Monday, some parishioners met with the Social Justice Commission to hear Andre Stoner and Cristina Ruvalcaba speak about Faith in Indiana. Stoner is a past pastor of Kern Road Mennonite Church; Ruvalcaba is a leader at St. Adalbert’s Church.