A Reflection From Fr. Gerry
All Saints Day
It has been a tradition in our church for many years to dedicate this day to the Christian heroes of our past of which there are millions. The late president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was once interviewed by a Catholic reporter by saying that some people call you a saint. Are you a saint?
Mandela replied by saying,” I do not know what a saint is because I am not of your faith experience, but I have also heard from members of your faith that a saint is a sinner that tries hard. If that is the definition of a saint, then of course I am one.”
He gave a very good answer. The misconception that many of us still have of these people that we call saints is that they are people who never sinned, that they are people always shining with virtue and that of course is a big fallacy. These people that we call saints were made of the same flesh and blood that we are, they had the same temptations, the same struggles. Some that immediately come to mind would be Paul of Tarsus, Augustine, Francis and of course many more. At one time they were major sinners but at a certain moment in their lives through the mysterious grace of God they experienced a great transformation.
So the people we call saints, which include many we have known in our lives, serve as models for us all, first of all, because they were sinners and secondly, because they rejoiced in God’s forgiveness and succeeded in putting their major sins behind them.
So, included among the many are our own relatives, neighbors and friends. On this special day I think of my own parents, brothers, relatives and friends and the many wonderful people I have been blessed to meet along my journey of life. I think of the great people who entered into eternal life from this community during the past 12 months. Their names will be mentioned in the prayers of the faithful this weekend. These and many others do not have any special feast day, but they are saints and we honor them fondly and prayerfully today.
May God go with you.
READINGS FOR NOVEMBER 1, 2020
1st Reading—Revelation 7: 2-4, 9-14—Saint John had a vision that reaffirmed the belief that all who remain faithful to the Lamb of God receive fulfillment and glory after their trial.
Responsorial Psalm: 24—“O God, this is the people that longs to see your face. O God, this is the people that longs to see your face.”
2nd Reading—1 John 3: 1-3—John exhorted his brothers and sisters, God’s children in the faith, to place their hope in the light of the world and in that way to keep themselves pure.
Alleluia—“Alleluia! Come tom, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give your rest, says the Lord. Alleluia!”
Gospel—Matthew 5: 1-12a—Jesus offered the Beatitudes as the charter of the heavenly reign. The poor in spirit, the sorrowing, the lowly, the peacemakers—all these receive God’s love.
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
1) Let us pray for the Church:
May the baptized be among those who serve the needs of all, O God.
Bless our youngsters with hunger for the Bread of Life.
2) Let us pray for peace on our globe:
Heavenly Father, may we live as brothers and sisters and respect this beautiful world you have given us. Lift up the poor, bring comfort to the oppressed, and success to peacemakers.
3) Let us pray for generous hearts:
Jesus, servant and brother, give us your spirit of charity. Help us to work humbly and to serve others without looking for reward.
4) Let us pray for the sick:
Bring healing to the sick and strength to those who care for them.
Holly Francis Kimber Fox Rod Mersino Sister Judy Jones
Darren McLaughlin Jon Barber Joyce Stewart Dot Tebelman
Elena Perea Dolores Cumming Alex Fabian Family
And to all who have asked for our prayers.
5) Let us remember the dead:
May our beloved dead rest in stillness and sleep in quiet joy, especially Ted Middleton son of Tom & Kathy and…
(5:00 Mass) Stanley Kowalski
(8:30 Mass) Sandra Savel, Ingrid Kasper
(10:30 Mass) Dennis Burke
6) Let us bring to God our personal prayers in a moment of silence: (Pause)
We will now read the names of those who have died this past year. May they rest in peace.
We pray to the Lord…
ANNOUNCEMENTS – November 1, 2020
- The Quilting and craft group will meet next Saturday at 10 a.m. in Solanus Hall.
- Our bible study will not meet this Tuesday, election day. We will resume Tuesday, November 11th.
- On Monday night, the Feast of All Souls, at the 7 p.m. Mass we will honor those who have died this past year.
- The Knights of Columbus are selling firewood. Please see the bulletin for more information.
- Next weekend our Right to Life representative Mary Siring will be in the gathering area with Christmas Cards. Your help is greatly appreciated.
- This year, because of COVID, we won’t be having our usual Thanksgiving distribution. We are asking for Bueche cards to help our families for the holiday. You can leave them at the box at Bueche’s or bring them here to St. Anne and leave them in the designated area. we thank you for your generosity.
- There will be no morning Mass this week.