I am happy to
announce that we will celebrate the Mass of the Anointing of the Sick on
Saturday, October 1ST at the 5:00 Mass, For many in the parish, this
sacrament is not understood very well, In the “old days” it was called “Extreme
Unction” and was given when someone was at the point of death, The Church’s
teaching today is different, The teaching is based on the Letter of St. James
which is in the New Testament, In the letter, St. James says the sick are to be
anointed in order to raise them up and save them, So the Church teaches that
great care and concern should be taken to see that those of the faithful whose
health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age receive this sacrament, The
sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after being anointed and
then again falls ill or if during the same illness the person’s condition
becomes more serious, A sick person may be anointed before surgery, Elderly
people may be anointed if they have become weakened even though no serious
illness is present, Sick children may be anointed is they have sufficient use
of reason to be strengthened by the sacrament, The faithful should be anointed
when the time is right and the sacrament should not be delayed, In the
instruction on this sacrament, that Church reminds all of us that those who are
seriously ill need the special help of God’s grace in this time of anxiety,
“lest they be broken in spirit and, under the pressure of temptation, become
weakened in their faith.” Through the
sacrament of anointing, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by
illness or injury, providing them with the strongest support, Therefore, the
decision to receive this sacrament is left to each individual, I urge everyone
to seriously consider whether or not they will make use of this opportunity.
Blessings! Fr. Joe Bacevice
MASS OF ANOINTING
We will celebrate the Mass of the
Anointing of the Sick on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at the 5:00 Mass. We
encourage our older members and those with chronic illnesses to participate at
this Mass and receive this important Sacrament of Healing.
CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN
weekend, our parish will accept donations for the Catholic Communications
Campaign. These offerings help
communicate the Gospel through Catholic social media activities and enriches
our faith through podcasts, television, radio and print media. Please be generous.
Autumn Raffle drawing will take place on Friday, October 28, 2022, after the
7:30am Mass. A total of $2,000 will be
raffled. Our goal is to sell 1,000 books
of tickets. Tickets have been picked up
or mailed to all parishioners and additional tickets are available at the
entrance to the church and during the week at the Rectory. We ask everyone in the parish to support this
fund raiser. All proceeds from this raffle
will be used to fund our major projects.
We are now accepting applications for a
seat on our Pastoral Council.
Application forms are available at the entrance to the church and will
be accepted through November 6, 2022. Voting,
if needed, will take place November 11–27.
Any member of the parish, age 16 and older, is eligible to seek a seat
on the council. The council is made up
of ten members and two are required to be from the Lithuanian community and two
from the non-Lithuanian community. Eight are selected from the parishioners
making an application for membership and if more than eight apply, there will
be a vote, and two are selected by the pastor. The Pastoral Council along with
the Finance Council are the two groups that serve as advisors to the pastor on
important issues regarding the parish. The Pastoral Council also assists the
pastor in implement programs and projects for the parish. All members of the parish are asked to
seriously consider serving on this important advisory body in our parish.
The weekend of October 8-9 marks the 36TH
Annual Blanket Sunday Collection to aid the poor. This collection is sponsored
by the Diocesan St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Due to sanitary concerns and lack of storage space, we will gratefully
accept your financial donation and do the shopping for you, making your
donation go even further with bulk purchases of blankets and other items needed
by the homeless and disadvantaged. So please “blanket” someone for the winter
and give yourself a warm feeling. You
can also donate online at www.svdpcle.org
gospel from St. Luke sends the message home about this world compared to heaven
and we are challenged again to realize that the "poor man was carried away
by angels" while the rich man is "tormented". We should focus
our efforts on encouraging our family to serve others by doing acts of goodwill
and verbalizing our prayers together for the poor. Simply pointing out what
your prayers are will also help your children learn to pray.