Pope Francis’ letter on the Environment

This is entitled Laudato SI, taken from the first words of St. Francis’ Canticle in praise of creation, and reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and, also, a mother who opens her arms to embrace us.

The sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our misuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have seen ourselves as lords and masters entitled to plunder her at will. The violence in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, the water, the air and in all forms of life.

The destruction of the human environment is extremely serious, not only because God has entrusted world to us men and women, but because human life is itself a gift which must be defended from various forms of debasement. Every effort to protect and improve our world entails profound changes in lifestyles, models of production, and consumption, and the established structures of power that today govern societies.

Pope Francis tells us that if we feel intimately united with all that exists, as did St. Francis, then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously. (I encourage you to read this letter; go to dsj.org and Bishop McGrath’s comments on the letter and also get a link to it.)

 

Thank You Nenette

We are grateful to Nenette Antonio our music director for the past 2 years. She was a great musician, a great director and was a joy to work with. She was dearly loved by all the choirs and choir members, the staff and the parishioners who knew her. She improved our music ministry in many ways and helped the parish send up a joyful hymn of praise to our God in our Sunday liturgies. She did marvelous work with our children and our Junior High students, she developed their talents, taught them how to sing, gave them confidence in their abilities and appreciation for music that will enrich their lives into the future.

We wish her and her family peace, happiness and success in their new home.

-Fr. Gene