Fr. Simon's Happenings: Plans have changed again. I will still be on my canonical priest retreat at Broom Tree starting Sunday evening, October 24 but return Thursday evening. I will be here to celebrate the Funeral Mass for Ruth Starks 10:30 a.m. Friday morning and then go to Eden Friday evening to have weekend Masses there and pheasant hunt Saturday and Sunday to return Sunday evening. Fr. Ken Lulf plans to be here the weekend of October 30 – 31 to switch with me.
Youth Faith Formation (YFF) News: We continue to improve our new mission approach to forming young disciples of Christ. We are constantly adding formation opportunites for all grades in both parishes by meeting in large group for 15 minutes or more. We have been teaching and witnessing on the importance of confession, the Holy Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction, and Divine Mercy. As we transition into November we will be talking about how to faithfully help people in danger of death, preparing ourselves for a happy and holy death, and praying for the faithful departed. (Periodically, I will provide 15 minute teachings on these and other topics immediately following Mass for people interested.)
All Saints Day & All Souls Day: All Saint’s Day, Nov. 1, is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year, but we will be having Masses in both parishes. As allowed by the Church, we will have three Masses on Nov. 2, All Soul’s Day and a blessing in each cemetery (weather permitting). Contact Fr. Simon or call the parish office to listen to the phone message for locations due to weather. (You can gain an indulgence by visiting a cemetery and praying.)
First Fridays Devotion: Jesus Christ revealed to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque the first Friday of each month needs to be consecrated to the devotion to and adoration of His Most Sacred Heart. Communion on this day should be offered to make some satisfaction for all the ingratitude which Jesus receives in the Blessed Sacrament. His first promise for those who do this follows: "I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life." Starting Friday, November 5 we will have our regularly scheduled 8:30 a.m. Mass in Sacred Heart Church followed by a Holy Hour with confessions. In December we will schedule this devotion in St. Pius X Church as well. First Saturdays Devotion: Our Lady of Fatima revealed to St. Lucia her desire for the faithful people to observe every first Saturday of the month in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) and to make reparation to it. She promised to help at the hour of death with the graces needed for salvation whoever on the First Saturday of five consecutive months do the following: 1. Confess and receive Holy Communion. 2. Recite five decades of the Rosary. 3. And keep her Immaculate Heart company for fifteen minutes while meditating on one or more of the mysteries of the Rosary with the intention of making reparation to the IHM. Starting First Saturday, November 6 we will have 8:30 a.m. Mass followed by a guided Holy Hour with confessions. S
acred Heart Parish (SHP) Missals for Mass: We restarted our subscription to Today's Missal which is the smaller missalette with Mass readings and prayers and some traditional, seasonal hymns. It will restart the first Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2021. We are still reviewing hymnal choices.