Pope Francis in the USA

I am writing this on Monday September 21, a day before Pope Francis arrives in the US. Some people from the parish, along with Fr. Peter, have gone to the Washington area to be see him. Our Bishop is also going to be present for some of the celebrations. 

I pray for the Pope and for all of the pilgrims who are going to see him, and hope that this will be a time of grace for them and for all who encounter him, in person, and through the media that accompanies him. I hope that the Holy Spirit will guide him in what he says and does and that people will listen to him and his message of mercy and joy. He will face opposition and criticism. I hope that this will not deter him from speaking on the great issues of our time and giving a Christian approach to them. I hope that all of us will listen to him and follow his example of being joyful ministers of the gospel.

As part of our celebrations for our feast day we have a presentation by Stan Fitzgerald on the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si, on Thursday, October 1, in the Gathering Hall. Mark your calendars for this important presentation.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love or all the creatures of this earth, 
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight. 
Enlighten those who possess power and money that they may avoid the sin of indifference, 
that they may love the common good, advance the weak, 
and care for this world in which we live. 
The poor and the earth are crying out. 
O Lord, seize us with your power and light, 
help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, 
for the coming of your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty. 
Praise be to you! 
Amen.

-Fr. Gene