A big thank you to Randi Hom and Liz Larson and to the chaperones who are helping with The Amazing Grace Race this weekend.  The teams competing will get the ground rules and their first clue at St. Peter’s just after 6pm.  Our 6th-8th grade kicks off next weekend.

November 1st is All Saints’ Day; it is one of the six holy days of obligation.  There will be Mass at 4:30pm on October 31st.  Masses on the Holy Day will be 8am, noon, and 7pm.  The feast day recalls what God’ plan for us is all about: our ultimate goal and purpose is to get to heaven.  The book of Job reminds us: “We brought nothing into the world and we take nothing out of it.”  Much of what we work for will pass on to others or will die with us.  The feast of All Saints’ reminds us to consider the next life and what awaits those who love God with all their heart.

This weekend’s Gospel certainly challenges or even rebukes the way political power is often exercised in our country (or other countries as well).  Jesus says, “Those who are recognized as rulers over the gentiles Lord it over them and make their authority felt.”  Then he adds, “But it shall not be so among you.”  Are there times when our leaders, individuals or partisan groups, look out for their own good rather than the good of those they serve?  Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.

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