On this 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A. October 31st, 2020.

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Saint Therese Parish,
 
As we prepare this week for All Hallow’s Eve, the Feast of All Saints, and the Commemoration of All Souls, undoubtedly many of our minds and hearts turn to those who have gone before us. How many of us have had saints in our lives, those people who by their holiness of life and depth of love have had a profound effect on our lives. We think maybe of our moms and dads, grandparents, spouses, friends, even children who remain in our daily consciousness long after they have passed into Eternal Life. In our Catholic mystical theology we call it the “communion of saints”. It includes those who are canonized officially but also those many saints whose memory we carry deep in our hearts, those who have had a profound and lasting influence on our lives.
 
Saints inspire us. So do kids! This past week eleven little angels (whose photos are in our narthex) received their First Holy Communion. Their innocence captures our hearts. Their excitement about receiving the Body and Blood of Christ brings us to a place of renewal and re-commitment as we gather week after week as a Eucharistic community. It encourages us to feed one another, nurture one another, keep each other safe as we gather around the altar.
 
In these weeks we have had a significant number of Baptisms and on November 14th some fourteen teenagers will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. What a sign of new life! We want to celebrate them all and give thanks to God for the growth of our community here at Saint Therese. In a special way we want to thank their parents and catechists who have nourished and encouraged these young parishioners of ours. We hold each other in a sacred trust.
 
So have a safe and enjoyable Halloween, a Blessed All Saints Day, and a peaceful All Souls Day. You are all in my prayers. Please keep me in yours.
 
Blessings and peace,
Father Bob Joerger, C.P.Pastor