October 18, 2015 – A View from the Rectory Window

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
that I always may be holy. Amen.
– St. Augustine

Welcome Bishop Sullivan!

On Wednesday, October 21, at 5pm, the Parish family of Saint Maximilian Kolbe joyfully welcomes and thanks Bishop Dennis Sullivan for conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation on forty-nine young men and women.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis reminds us that the Sacrament of Confirmation, “Unites us more firmly to Christ . . . it strengthens our relationship with the Church and it gives us a special strength from the Holy Spirit to defend the faith and confess the name of Christ in our mission of bearing daily witness to Christ and his love.”

For those to be confirmed, I offer Pope Francis’ encouragement that they would “thank the Lord for the grace of our confirmation,” and “that, filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, we may always mirror Christ’s presence in our relations with others, our openness to those in need, and our living witness to the Gospel message of joy and peace.”

All Souls Mass

The feasts of All Saints (November 1) and All Souls (November 2) are “days of hope,” Pope Francis said. “We are remembering these brothers and sisters of ours who lived before us and are now in heaven, they are there because they were washed in the blood of Christ,” he said. “That is our hope, and this hope does not disappoint. If we live our lives with the Lord, he will never disappoint us.” “We are children of God,” he said, and live in hope of one day seeing God as he is.

The Holy Father went on to say, “The virtue of “hope is like a bit of leaven that enlarges your soul. There are difficult moments in life, but with hope you go forward and keep your eyes on what awaits us. Today is a day of hope; our brothers and sisters are in the presence of God, and we, too, will be there in the Lord’s arms if we follow the path of Jesus.”

On Monday, November 2, at 7pm in the Church of the Resurrection, I invite you to join with us as we celebrate All Souls Mass. At this Mass, you are invited to bring a picture of your loved one(s) that can be placed before the altar. May the God of all hope and consolation be with you and those you love.

Father Pete