Thank you to those who prayed for vocations this past week, whether in the churches or in your homes.  I wish I could have spent more time in the classrooms during vocations week.  If only we could afford a parochial vicar…

I leave on Monday of next week to visit Fr. Richmond!  It is beautiful to see someone joyfully living his vocation.  Before he moved to his new assignment, he asked that I visit him.  I will bring him your prayers.  I will also spend two days at Our Lady’s Prairie Retreat in Iowa, before returning for the evening Mass on Friday.  Some weekday Masses are cancelled while I am away; see inside (next week’s bulletin).

On Thursday I will attend a deanery meeting as the archdiocese begins a planning process.  The previous planning process – in 2005 – established the current pastoral regions.

I am currently compiling a list of needed and desired volunteers for the parishes of our region to effectively announce and live the Good News of Jesus’s healing and mercy to the people in and around Hamilton.  RCIA catechists and youth group core team members remain the most urgent need.  I thank the parishioners who observed the baptism parent class on Saturday morning so as to assist with it going forward.

As we near the end of the liturgical year (November 28), Jesus warns us to be prepared for his return.  It is important to know the destination when you begin a journey.1  In today’s gospel, the virgins are lighting lamps for Christ’s return at the end of time.  Baptism, which is the beginning of the Christian life, makes reference to this passage about our end.  “Receive the light of Christ.  See that it be kept burning brightly so that you may go out with all the saints to meet the Lord when he comes.”

Jesus Christ is our hope,

Fr. Rob


1  This calls to mind a line from literature – Invisible Man and from one of T.S. Elliot’s Four Quartets: “The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.”  “The end is in the beginning.”