Notes from Our Pastor

 

                                   

Sunday February 18

Dear parishioners:
In a recent letter to the priests and deacons of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Carlson asked us to consider
addressing the topic of “racism” in our parish community on this First Sunday of Lent. I want to share a
few thought from the Archbishop's letter.
"I realize racism expresses itself in many ways and when many hear the word they immediately think of
policies, institutions, laws and language. It is certainly part of our history here in Missouri and is found in
the social structures that make up our society. . . . All people, regardless of race, should be treated with
dignity and respect. All children, no matter where they reside, should feel safe in their environment and
should benefit from quality education without having to travel out of their neighborhood to receive
this benefit. We must do better!"

As we begin this season of Lent with its call to "Repent and believe in the Gospel” each of us can ask the
question, “Where can I do better?” One way is to examine Catholic teaching on the sin of racism. On our
website http://www.foundersaffton.org , you will be able to access a resource sheet from the US
Conference of Catholic Bishops with Pastoral Letter and Documents. For each of our personal reflections,
I include a "prayer for racial healing" written by Catholic Charities U.S.A.
God of justice,
In your wisdom you create all people in your image, without exception.
Through your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity,
beauty, and worth of every human being.
Open our minds to understand that all your children are brothers and sisters in the same human family.
Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes, behaviors, and speech which demeans others.
Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by racial discrimination,
and their passionate appeals for change.
Strengthen our resolve to make amends for past injustices,
and to right the wrongs of history.
Fill us with courage that we might seek to heal wounds,
build bridges, forgive and be forgiven, and establish
peace and equality for all in our communities.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen
 

In Christ,
Father John

 

Sunday February 11

Dear parishioners:

This Wednesday we begin our Lenten Journey. Lent is described in the prayers of the
church as "a great season of grace!"
I want to draw your attention to some special opportunities for growth in grace here at
Seven Holy Founders. On Ash Wednesday we will have Mass, with the distribution of
ashes, at 8:00am, 12:15pm and 6:30pm. We hope the 12:15pm Mass can serve all
who work in the area, so spread the word! All the Wednesdays of Lent we will offer
Mass at 6:30pm for those who cannot attend in the morning.

On Fridays of Lent we will offer Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 7:00pm. So
come to the Fish Fry and stay to pray and spend a few moments in adoration.
Remember there is the chance for quiet time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament
any day in the Ursuline Chapel in the Parish Center.
Come make a Lenten holy hour or just make a short visit between errands or on the
way home from work!

As we prepare for Easter, please keep those preparing for the Easter Sacraments in
your prayers. Their faithfulness and commitment are a blessing to our parish. And plan
now to make Holy Week holy. The dates of the Sacred Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good
Friday and Holy Saturday, are March 29th, 30th and 31st. If you have not come to come
to services on those dates in the past, I assure you, that if you attend, the Holy Spirit will
touch your spirit with the love of God, so powerful that He would offer His only Son for
our salvation!

You are in my prayers in this "Great season of Grace." May our fasting, prayer and
almsgiving draw us closer to Jesus and His Living Body, our fellow parishioners!

In Christ,
Fr. John

P.S. It is not too late to volunteer to help at the parish Fish Fry!

Sunday February 4

Dear parishioners:
Let's see, what should I give up for Lent?
Ash Wednesday, and this year, Valentine’s Day, is just nine days away.
Often we greet that day with the question, "What am I going to give up?"
There is certainly nothing wrong with "giving up", or fasting. We can fast from fast food,
or television or our electronic devices, or gossip or judgments!

Perhaps there is another question we could ask ourselves: “What am I going to do for Lent?”
Matthew Kelly, the leader of the Dynamic Catholic Institute, makes this suggestion.
"Lent is not just about giving up things like chocolate. Lent is about doing something -
something bold to become a better husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter,
friend, neighbor, grandmother, grandfather, etc. . . . "
I invite you to check the bulletin and website to see many wonderful opportunities to
grow, to be transformed, during this Lent. Whether it is an adult formation offering,
attending a weekday Mass, making a visit to the Ursuline Chapel for a moment or hour
of adoration, making a commitment to the poor with the Catholic Relief Services
"Rice Bowl" program or offering yourself in service to the St. Vincent De Paul Society or
. . . "

Ash Wednesday is quickly approaching. It is time to prepare for Lent - a great season of
grace!

It was a pleasure to meet so many of our new parishioners at the welcoming gathering
last Sunday. Thanks for coming, thanks to the Welcoming Committee for sponsoring the
event. I hope all who are new parishioners not only feel at home here at Seven Holy
Founders community, but also feel free to offer your gifts and talents in the parish!
And . . . it is not too late to volunteer to help at this year’s Fish Fries! See you on Ash
Wednesday/Valentine’s Day!

In Christ,
Fr. John

 

 

 

 

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