A major headline this week is GM workers going on strike.  Since the close of the Fisher Body plant in 1988, it likely has less direct impact on our area.  It might cause one to wonder, “What does the Church teach about unions and strikes?”  “Does the Church teach anything in this regard?”  The Church, indeed, has much to say.  Today’s first reading (Amos; 700 B.C.) shows that God has long been concerned about honest pay for honest work.  The Church recognizes that workers have a right to band together to advocate for a just wage.

I am on retreat Monday through Thursday this week.  Friday evening (the 27th) I will celebrate a Mass in honor of St. Michael the Archangel, whose feast day is the 29th.  The Mass will be in Spanish as it is a popular devotion in the region of Oaxaca, Mexico.  Even so, it is a reminder for all of us to invoke this powerful agent of God, recognizing that there are spiritual powers that underlie many causes of unrest in our day.  The name Michael means, “Who is like God?”

Looking ahead, there are Saturday events coming up.  On October 5 there is a women’s day of reflection.  RSVP if you are interested.  On October 12 there is a Rosary Rally at the side lot of St. Julie’s beginning at noon.  It is one of over 10,000 Rosary Rallies that will take place at noon in each time zone across the country.  Please consider joining us.

I am currently looking for volunteers to lead a weekly discussion as part of preparation for Marian Consecration on December 8.

We now have a Holy Hour with Eucharistic Exposition from 7-8pm every Tuesday at one of the parishes in the region!  This week the Holy Hour will be at St. Peter’s.

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

In Christ,

Fr. Rob