We thank God for the example of holiness that they gave us and we ask all the saints to pray for us that we in turn may be examples of faith and love for those we meet each day. The anticipated Mass for All Saints Day is always celebrated on Halloween. I have scheduled the anticipated Mass to be celebrated at St. Patrick, Aurora at 5:00 p.m. that will allow me to be available to greet the Trick or Treaters right after Mass at the rectory. The other Masses on All Saints Day are 9:00 a.m. at St. Michael, Union Springs, 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick, Moravia and 7:00p.m.at Our Lady of the Lakes, King Ferry. On All Souls Day we remember the souls of all the departed especially members of our parishes and families who have died. A Mass will be celebrate on All Souls Day at St. Michael Church, Union Springs at 4:00 p.m. also during the month of November, one mass will be celebrated each week in our parish for the souls of all the departed, especially those whose names are mentioned on the All Souls Day Remembrance envelopes or in the Remembrance books that can be found in each of our churches.
November is a month of remembrance in many ways. Besides remembering our deceased on All Saints and All Souls days, we are called to remember to vote on Election Day, November 7th. May we pray that all those who are elected to public office may be people of honesty, justice and peace who always remember the needs of the poor and the powerless and who strive to promote the common good. As we celebrate Veterans Day, November 11th, we are called to remember those who have served our country in the military. We pray for those who have died in the service of our country and we pray for all the men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces. November is also the month we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, may we remember all the blessings God has bestowed upon us and give thanks to our creator. Mass will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 a.m. at St. Patrick, Aurora. November is also the month of my birth. My brother, David, recently celebrated his 70th birthday and I realized that I am the only one of my siblings still in their sixties! I remember when we were all so young!
This year the recent high winds many of the leaves seem to have fallen before their beautiful colors appeared and the days ahead will bring the starkness of late November. A time that helps us to remember what our world looks like without the flowers of Spring, the green of Summer, the color of Fall leaves, or the brightness of Winter snow. It is a month that helps me to put into proper perspective the gifts of nature with which God so graciously blesses the earth. May we all take time to remember and thank God for all our blessings each and every day of our lives.
The 2017-2018 Catholic Ministry Appeal is underway! When you contribute to the Catholic Ministry Appeal, your generosity works in so many different ways! It supports people in need, helps nurture our youth, assists in communicating the good news throughout the diocese, and provides much-needed support for our parishes. It fosters the Gospel message of stewardship – a message that reminds us that all we are and all we have are gifts from God. Listed below is the 2017/18 CMA Update as of October 21
Donors $ Pledged % of goal Parish Goal
63 $16,680 47.43% $35,165
I thank those who have already responded to the Catholic Ministry Appeal with your generous support. If you have not yet given your support to the CMA, please do so today. Your gift helps to continue to spread the good news of Jesus our Lord from one generation to the next..
Beginning the weekend of November 25/26, the Feast of Christ the King, we will begin the Winter Mass schedule. The Winter Mass time for St. Michal Church, Union Springs; will be moved from 5:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. At St. Patrick, Aurora; Mass will be moved from 9:00a.m. to 12:00 noon. In the Spring, we will be moving back to the previous Mass times. Please mark your calendars for these changes.
God bless you, Father Bill