All Saints Day

All Saints Day is a holy day of obligation. Mass times will be at 7 am in Gettyburg and at 5:45pm in Onida.


Fr. Simon Sez

In today’s gospel (Luke 19:1-10) the people grumble against Jesus receiving Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, and staying at his house. Zacchaeus said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” Sometimes, people are quick to judge and to grumble about others without giving them the benefit of the doubt and finding out the facts first. I asked an Australian seminarian staying with me why people in small towns are well known for gossip. He said they are bored. I suspect he is right. When somebody asked St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) what she thought about St. Pope John Paul II not allowing women priests, she said, "I am too busy helping the poor to think about those things." Perhaps, we need to be busier being about the Lord’s work rather than worrying about others, gossiping, and hurting others’ reputations, whether or not the information we have about them is true. As St. Paul to the Thessaloniansin today’ssecond reading (2 Thes 1:11-2:2), I pray for you always “that our God may make you worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, in accord with the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Published on  August 29th, 2023

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