Sunday, November 1 at St. Francis Xavier Parish

Dear Friends,

               This Sunday we enter into the month of November and celebrate the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, which this year is also the Solemnity of All Saints.

               “The gospel for All Saints’ Day is always taken from the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount where, through the Beatitudes, he introduces his disciples to what it truly means to live in his kingdom. In his apostolic exhortation Rejoice and Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, Pope Francis meditates on each of the Beatitudes in­dividually. He warns us, “Even if we find Jesus’ message attractive, the world pushes us towards another way of living” (65).

               We could say the same about the lives of the saints. Within their stories we find much that attracts us – their light, joy, kindness, and sometimes even miraculous works inspire us on the journey of faith. But their path to holiness also inevitably included hardship, struggle, and great self-denial. In the martyrs we find saints who so pushed against and frightened the world that, like Jesus, they ended up giving their very lives in service of God.

               Many of the Beatitudes provide us with a dichotomy: those who mourn shall be com­forted, the persecuted should be glad, and the meek and poor will receive true riches. As Christians, we also embrace a dichotomy by turning away from what the world calls “good” and devoting our lives instead to the path of holiness. In resisting the excesses of the world, we enter into the fullness of life Jesus promised to his followers (John 10:10). Like the initial twelve disciples, we are to embrace and live the Beatitudes. On the journey of faith we will mourn, face persecution and insult, be called to align ourselves with the poor, hunger and thirst for righteousness, exercise mercy, be purified of heart, and bring peace. In these Christian attitudes, we proclaim our identity as followers of the Lord.” (Living Liturgy 2020)

               The day after the celebration of All Saints, the Church commemorates All the Faithful Departed on November the 2nd. That day, we remember all those who died in friendship with God and who await entry into heaven after the time of purification. Besides the regular 8am morning Mass on November 2nd, there will be also an evening Mass at 6pm offered for our deceased parishioners, our family members and friends.

               A few days ago, I received a request to bring back the 7pm Mass on Wednesday evenings, which I am very willing to do, but before we proceed we need to have a coordinator for this Mass. Why? In the time of pandemic, we want to make sure that the procedures established by the Diocese are followed when parishioners arrive for this Mass and that, after the Mass, the pews are sanitized properly. If you would like to assist with that Mass on a consistent basis, please contact me by email or by calling the parish office.

               Just to let you know, last week our Diocese send us an email informing us that we should start planning for Christmas, keeping in mind the 30% capacity restrictions. In the coming weeks I will provide you with additional information on this matter.

               Come and join us for Sunday Masses as we celebrate All Saints! If you cannot attend in person at this time, then you are invited to tune into the livestream on our YouTube channel at 9am every Sunday, with the Rosary prayed at 8:30am. Please follow the link here.

God bless!
Fr. Mariusz

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