The Lord is near to all who call upon him.
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“In preparation for municipal elections on October 16, which include the election of school trustees, the Bishops of Alberta are offering a pastoral letter reflecting on the ministry of a Catholic school trustee. In the letter, the Bishops strongly encourage all Catholics to participate in the electoral process and propose some considerations to assist voters in their discernment of the appropriate candidate for the office of school trustee.”
The letter may be read HERE:
“Pope Francis wants us to be fully aware of what it means to be baptized, to rejoice in the gift, and to embrace completely the Christian way of living. So, let us ask: “What does it mean to follow Jesus?” In fact, that question can be answered rather simply. It is a matter of listening and doing. An authentic disciple of Jesus Christ is one who first listens to his Word and then puts it into practice.”
Pastoral Letter: A Call to the Clergy and Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese of Edmonton. In this September 2017 letter, Archbishop Smith guides us in how we can listen and do as disciples of Jesus Christ in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.
Download this letter in the format of your choice:
“The current hurricane season in the US and the monsoon season in SE Asia have brought much destruction due to flooding. Hurricane Harvey has caused thousands of homes to be destroyed and people evacuated to shelters. Devastating floods across SE Asia have displaced 41 million people. When natural disaster happens, the resulting death and destruction becomes a shared experience wherever it strikes.” – Bishop William McGrattan
Bishop McGrattan’s appeal for prayers and relief fund donations may be read here:
In an article on the Catholic Diocese of Calgary website, Bishop McGrattan discusses why maintaining the Catholic ethos and identity of our schools is critical in light of the growing argument that the practice of having separate Catholic schools should be ended.
The full article may be read here – The Wholeness of Catholic Education
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Sept.24 – Bl.John Henry Newman
Monday – Sept.25 – Sts. Louis Martin and Zélie Guerin
Tuesday – Sept.26 – Feast of the Canadian Martyrs
Wednesday – Sept.27 – St. Vincent dePaul
Thursday – Sept.28 – St.Wenceslaus
Friday – Sept.29 – Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael
Saturday – Sept.30 – St.Jerome
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Meditation: What can work and wages, welfare and the unemployed tell us about the kingdom of God? In the parable of the laborers in the vineyard we see the extraordinary generosity and compassion of God (Matthew 20:1-16). There is great tragedy in unemployment, the loss of work, and the inability to earn enough to live and support oneself or one’s family. In Jesus’ times laborers had to wait each day in the marketplace until someone hired them for a day’s job. No work that day usually meant no food on the family table. The laborers who worked all day and received their payment complain that the master pays the late afternoon laborers the same wage. The master, undoubtedly, hired them in the late afternoon so they wouldn’t go home payless and hungry.
God is generous and gives us work for his kingdom
God is generous in opening the doors of his kingdom to all who will enter, both those who have labored a life-time for him and those who come at the last hour. While the reward is the same, the motive for one’s labor can make all the difference. Some work only for reward. They will only put in as much effort as they think they will get back. Others labor out of love and joy for the opportunity to work and to serve others. The Lord Jesus calls each one of us to serve God and his kingdom with joy and zeal and to serve our neighbor with a generous spirit as well.
Empowered to serve with a joyful and generous spirit
The Lord Jesus wants to fill each one of us with the power and strength of the Holy Spirit so we can bear great fruit for God’s kingdom (the fruit of peace, joy, righteousness, and love) and also bring the fruit of his kingdom to our neighbor as well. We labor for the Lord to bring him praise, honor, and glory. And we labor for our neighbor for their welfare with the same spirit of loving-kindness and compassion which the Lord has shown to us.
Paul the Apostle reminds us, “Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not others, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward – you are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24). Do you perform your daily tasks and responsibilities with cheerfulness and diligence for the Lord’s sake? And do you give generously to others, especially to those in need of your care and support?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Christ our householder, author unknown, from the 5th century A.D.
“The householder [in Matthew’s parable – chapter 20] is Christ, to whom the heavens and the earth are like a single house; the family is as it were the multitude of creatures both angelic and earthly. It is as if he built a three-storied house: hell, heaven and earth, so that those struggling may live upon the earth, those conquered below the earth, those conquering in heaven. We too, set in the middle, should strive not to descend to those who are in hell but ascend to those who are in heaven. And in case perhaps you do not know which one you ought to shun or which one you ought to aspire to, he has given you as it were a little taste of both while you live between light and darkness: night as a taste of hell, daylight as a taste of heaven.” (excerpt from an incomplete Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, HOMILY 34)
There will be a time of Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of every month. It will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption Church following the 9:00 am Mass and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 am. All are welcome to join us for a time of silent prayer and adoration before Our Eucharistic Lord.
“Lord Jesus,fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may serve you joyfully and serve my neighbor willingly with a generous heart, not looking for how much I can get, but rather looking for how much I can give.”
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