Chris and Lauren Tobin will give the first of their catechesis in our pastoral region on Wednesday.  Come and Hear is the invitation they give.  They are missionaries of the Neocatechumenale Way.  It’s a big word, but it simply refers to a time of going deeper in faith through hearing the gospel message and sharing that message with a small community hearing it with you.  When they’ve given the catechesis in the past, it has resonated with young adults (and even older teens).  Come and Hear on October 4 is a good invitation that you can give to children or grandchildren.  Based on what they hear, they can decide whether or not to come again.

Today is Respect Life Sunday.  This year’s theme for Respect Life Sunday is Be Not Afraid.  Those words, spoken multiple times by Jesus to his disciples, are also a tribute to St. John Paul II.  His first words on becoming the Pope in 1978 were “Be not afraid.”  Like Jesus, he would repeat them multiple times during his pontificate.  In his homeland of Poland, John Paul II had seen the horrors of Communism and the devaluation of the human person: state-imposed atheism, forced abortion and sterilization, abduction of political advocates or human rights advocates going unchallenged.  Yet with all of that he still said, “Be not afraid.”  Some of you have spent many years in the Pro-Life movement and know that technology and broken families are bringing new threats to human dignity.  Hear again the words of St. John Paul II and Jesus: “Be not afraid.”  John Paul’s confidence came from knowing that “Jesus Christ is Lord,” as we hear in today’s second reading.

Tuesday, October 4 is the monthly confession time at St. Joseph from 7-8 PM.

What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God.

In Christ,

Fr. Rob