Jottings from Fr. J.J.

Busy Week!
There is a lot that is happening this week. On Monday is Halloween. This would have been my Dad’s 86th birthday. Please offer a prayer for him, my mom and family. Grief is never a fun thing. Tuesday is All Saints’ Day. This is a Holy Day of   Obligation. The day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. We celebrate in the U.S with Masses. Here at St. A’s we have a 7:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 7:00 p.m. Mass. The next day, All Souls’ Day, specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet reached heaven. As Catholics, we celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in the state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven and those of us in the church who are the living. In other words our prayers and theirs have an effect. So come and join us. You are also welcome on Thursday night where we celebrate a bereavement Mass at 7:00 p.m. for all who have been buried from St. Anastasia. We have had a lot of funerals this past year and all those folks would love your presence to help pray for those who have died. In the month of November we pray in a special way for the dead. Come support those who are grieving.

Pope Benny Wants Visitors
On Tuesday night immediately following the Mass, we will have a  presenter come share with us about our parish trip to Italy. Come join us and hear about what we will do in Assisi (get to see St. Francis, I mean it!). I know I look a lot like Michelangelo’s statue, but you could actually see the real David in Florence. Don’t forget Rome, St. Peter’s and all the other amazing treasures that the Vatican holds. Please join us for this info opportunity and find out if the Lord is calling you to join us on this pilgrimage.

Dream Big
In the last few weeks we have been learning, talking, and hopefully praying about Changing Lives Together, the initiative the AOD and St. Anastasia is undertaking. This important effort will allow our parish and archdiocese to expand and strengthen the life and ministry that our Lord calls us to. It will allow St. A’s to address the critical and important issues of our parish and help better move us into the mission Jesus calls us to. It will give us focus for years to come. But, you need to be a part of it. DREAM BIG. We want you to give your perspective and input in order to mold what our future will look like. Please join us in the Social Hall, have a little cotton candy, get a little specialty coffee, and above all let us know what you want us to do with our future.

God bless,
Fr. J.J.