I hope you had a great weekend. There continues to be a lot happening at the parish, as always, this time of the year.
Here is a brief update:
- First, the big news of the day throughout our country is that Pope Francis, the successor of Saint Peter, arrives in Washington D.C. at 3:00 P.M. If you hear the church bells ringing repeatedly around that time, they aren’t broken. Every church throughout our nation is being asked to ring the bells when the Holy Father lands as a gesture of welcome and unity in our Catholic faith around our Pope. Click here for various resources, prayers, and other information on the Pope’s visit. Follow his talks via Catholic radio, television, or online resources.
- Don’t forget to make plans to attend the fall festival on Sunday. So far, it looks like we will be blessed with a great day.
- This evening, there will be a meeting at 7:00 P.M. in the school for all parents of second graders. The second graders will receive their first communion and first reconciliation this year. Since it is such an important moment in their lives and the parents are the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith, we’re asking, as usual, that parents attend this meeting for the Holy Family program. Parents will meet in the homes, spend time together, and discuss the faith and a catechetical book. Our education in the faith never ends and this program is a way for parents to continue their growth and set the example for their children that the faith is important. Many people have reported that this program has really helped their faith and also, as a side benefit, helped them to get to know other parents in the parish. We look forward to another great year of the Holy Family program.
- Don’t forget to consider attending one of the ALPHA courses. Of special interest this year is the course on Pope Francis’ the Joy of the Gospel. Learn what the Holy Father had to say about living the Gospel with joy.
- Please pray for Matthew Rothstein and his family. Matthew’s funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday here at Saint Timothy’s.
- Among many others, Pope Francis gave two great talks in Cuba. First, before leaving today, he spoke about the joys and struggles of family life. Click here to read it. Yesterday, was the feast of Saint Matthew. He gave a wonderful homily on God’s mercy and love. Click here.
- The school children had their pictures taken today. I look forward to teaching the seventh and eighth graders today and throughout the year, as we talk about religion, faith, and theology.
This is a very busy week behind the scenes as well, but there are some highlights of the latest updates. Please pray for our parishioners who are attending the World Meeting of Families and seeing our Holy Father. Have a great day.