Dear Parish family,
It’s no coincidence that at the end of our Church year we celebrate two feast days that center on the topics of mortality and eternity. All Souls and All Saints Days are clear reminders that our earthly journey is a temporary one and our true home awaits us.
The contemplation of life, death and eternity is a natural, healthy, and spiritually awakening exercise. The Church, through her sacramental life, teachings and Scripture - educates and encourages her people to broaden their understanding of who we are. The Holy Spirit calls us away from our propensity of focusing only on the “present” to a much greater perspective involving the story of where we’ve been, where we are, and most importantly, where we hope to go.
An honest look at our journey will hopefully produce a profound respect of the sacredness of life, an awareness of the necessity of a vibrant relationship with Christ, and thirdly - an embracing of our directive to be compassionate, generous and empathetic. Finally, the Church desires our eyes to look towards heaven as our final goal and not towards the worldly gods that surround us. “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (psalm 121)
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone. May God continue to bless you and our wonderful parishes.
With gratitude for all you do,