The recent shooting in Las Vegas continues to confound us.  Certainly, we pray for the deceased and their families.  This event shows that we live in a broken world in need of redemption.  It introduces many questions that have no easy answers.  Yet, as we saw in others who offered care and compassion both at the scene and later, we remember, “redemption is found in Jesus Christ.”

Such events make it clear that there are many big important questions, and often faith has answers- if we have ears to hear.  Maybe you will consider hearing the catecheses being given at St. Joseph on Monday and Wednesday from 7-8 PM.  It began last Wednesday, but by all means, come as you are able.  It won’t give all the answers – we can’t know all – but it will give you tools and an opening for the Holy Spirit to answer more fully the most important questions, yet so rarely asked.

Please consider joining the Rosary Rally next Saturday, October 14 at noon.  On October 13, 1917, Mary provided the “miracle of the sun” at Fatima, Portugal for the shepherd children and for tens of thousands of spectators.  When Mary appeared to the three children from May through October, she repeatedly asked them to pray the Rosary for peace. (The first World War was being fought in 1917.)  Every year thousands of Rosary rallies are held across the country at noon on the Saturday nearest October 13 as part of a response to that request.  Our pastoral region will gather to pray the Rosary at Sutherland Park if you want to join us.

Next Sunday at St. Peter’s parish center from 3-5 PM will be the second baptism class for parents of our pastoral region (also for parents presenting a second or subsequent child for baptism).

And, St. Peter’s pastoral council will meet on Tuesday of this week, and St. Joseph’s pastoral council will meet on Wednesday of this week.

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

In Christ,

Fr. Rob