Day of Remembrance: Whenever a part of life is lost or taken away, it brings grief. What we lose could be a spouse by divorce or a leg by amputation or a car by selling. At any such loss, we experience deprivation and sadness. There is always sadness about departure of the one we love, even if, the departure is only for a short time. But the departure at death brings us the greatest sadness because it is the final departure of the one, whom we love and with whom we lived. What is the meaning of life if death is the end of all? Our faith teaches us that death is not a tragedy. The Lord tells us that death is not the end of all, but is the door to life, to eternal life. One of the best ways we can reach out to the people who have gone before us through death is by our prayers. On All Souls Day, November 2nd we will gather at 6:00 p.m. in the Church to specially remember and pray for our beloved departed ones. Please make yourselves free. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3: 16
Pinnacle of Creation: We read in Genesis chapter 2 God says that “it is not good for man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.” This suitable helpmate was formed from the very rib of man and thus woman was “flesh of his flesh” (Genesis 2:22-23). According to Sacred Scripture, God instituted marriage as the pinnacle of creation. In Genesis 2 we hear God blessing Adam and Eve, saying: ‘Be fertile and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it’. Woman, then, is man’s equal in dignity and the one closest to his heart. Because man and woman were created for one another, “a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh” (Genesis 2: 24). Scripture teaches that marriage is not a mere human institution, but something God established from the foundation of the world. In this modern age marriage has become tough. I always love to hear about couples celebrating their anniversaries. My parents just had their 40th wedding anniversary. I invite all those who are celebrating their 10th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and above anniversaries this year to come and join with the parish for a celebration on Monday November 14th at 6:00 p.m. We will have Mass at 6:00 p.m. with renewal of wedding vows and a reception in the rectory. Please let the office know if you can attend.
"Proud About What?" A news reporter once asked Mother Teresa if she had ever been tempted to be proud. Mother Theresa retorted with a smile, "Proud about what?" The reporter replied, “Why, about the wonderful things you have been doing for the poorest of the poor!” Then came her answer, "I never knew I had done anything, because it was God who worked in and through my Sisters and volunteers.” True humility differentiates a saint from a sinner. In today’s Gospel parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector, Jesus reminds us that God hears the prayers of those who approach Him in humility with a repentant heart. God did not hear the prayer of the Pharisee because he exalted himself. His prayer was a prayer of thanksgiving that he was not as evil as other people. He announced to God his freedom from sin and detailed his fidelity in observing the prescribed fast and in giving tithes. The tax collector’s prayer, “O God, be merciful to me, a sinner,” was heard because he humbled himself, acknowledging his sins and requesting God’s mercy. We become the proud Pharisee when we brag about our achievements giving no credit to God, when we seek praise and recognition from others for our accomplishments, and when we degrade others with insensitive comments, hurting their feelings. In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenges us to imitate the humble publican (tax collector), by acknowledging our total dependence on God and His grace for all our achievements and blessings; by confessing to God daily our sinfulness and asking for His pardon and forgiveness; by praying for God’s continued daily support through His grace and for His strengthening through the daily anointing and of His Holy Spirit living within us; and by becoming more sensitive to the needs and feelings of others, serving them as best as we can.
Fr. Suneesh Mathew
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Penny will be out of the office for vacation October 24-28. Please pray for her safe return. We ask that you call before stopping by due to irregular office hours.
ADVENT GIVING TREE
Names are being accepted for the Advent Giving Tree here at Precious Blood. Any parish families needing assistance for Christmas can call. If you know of an individual or family, please let us know. Drop names in the collection basket or call Penny at the Parish Office at (270) 684-6888. Please give us as much information as possible (name, phone, address, ages, sizes, gift suggestions) All information is confidential.
Please call the Parish Office (270) 684-6888 and we will arrange for you to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during daily Mass before your procedure.
ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS AND GENEROUS PARISHIONERS
Mary Ottenberg from JS Paluch will be working on setting up the advertising sponsorships for our bulletin. Advertisements can be purchased for a business, family or sponsor ad. Please support our sponsors! Their generosity helps us to enjoy our FREE bulletin publication every week throughout the year! If you would like to have your business card handed out on a weekly basis and can help this effort please contact Mary Ottenberg at (314) 757-7598 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDITATIONS ON THE SAINTS
In 2004 Precious Blood Church undertook a major renovation to its worship space. It was decided that we would honor our ancestral brothers and sisters by engraving their names on the floor of this space. The entries in the “Meditations on the Saints” book were prepared by individual parishioners and coordinated by Joyce Riney. They are available at $50 each. If you would like to order a copy please contact Penny at the Parish Office at 270-684-6888.
DISCIPLES RESPONSE FUND
As you know, we are implementing a new way to increase support of the Disciples Response Fund and to assist our parish by returning to us 50% of all funds raised over our target. Support of the work of our Diocese in important. There are many things that even the largest parishes cannot do on their own. For example, The Disciples Response Fund puts money into an endowment for the care of retired priests. Also, the fund assists with the expenses for the education of our seminarians. Pope Francis has designated 2016 as a “Year of Mercy”. He instructs us to open our hearts. The Diocese helps to make God’s mercy present throughout Western Kentucky. If you received a letter from Bishop Medley asking for your support of the DRF, please make a generous gift today.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Both the first reading and today's Psalm say clearly that the Lord hears the cry of the poor. Have I been given gifts - of time, or money or abilities - to be the means by which God answers their needs?
Readings for next weekend will be
Wisdom 11:22-12:2 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:32 Luke 19:1-10
We invite you to read and study these passages for your own reflection as we prepare for the liturgy we will celebrate as a parish community.