May the grace of God be with you all. I hope you are well and that you continue working to build the kingdom of God as we have done up to today. We have already started the month of October, a month dedicated to our Mother Mary. It is also a month dedicated to praying the Rosary. This month, I invite you to pray the Rosary. Asking for the intercession of the Mother is always important, especially because our parish is dedicated to her maternal protection.
The Holy Rosary is a powerful weapon against the snares of evil; It is so powerful that it disarms the devil and changes lukewarm hearts into fiery hearts and in love with Jesus our Lord. When we pray it with devotion, we become configured with the Lord. According to the testimonies of Sister Lucia, a visionary in Fatima, when we pray it with love, heaven opens, and many graces are poured out on the person who is being prayed for. For this reason, it is important to pray it with love, to unravel those Hail Marys with joy and enthusiasm, knowing that we beat down and destroy all stalking of the devil.
This month, like the previous year, I want to challenge you to pray the Rosary every day for the intentions of Pope Francis, our Bishop Burbidge, and our parish’s pastoral activities. It is a challenge that, as your Pastor, I do 31 days of prayer with the Rosary, which I am sure will produce great fruits. Remember that having Mary as your intercessor, nothing is lost, and everything is gained. You will find a link to register and formally accept this beautiful gesture of faith in the weekly newsletter sent every Friday via email.
Also, I invite everyone with pets to participate in blessing the animals that we will have next Wednesday, October 4th, on the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. The animals accompany us, and it is a nice gesture to bring them and receive a special blessing and thank God for his company. We will start the blessings at 5:00 p.m. in front of the church.
Finally, I sincerely thank you for all the financial help you provide to keep our parish alive. Without your financial contribution, we could not move forward. Remember that a parish is a great family of faith where we all contribute and collaborate to make it grow. At the beginning of this year, we made improvements to online donations (Pushpay). Therefore, I encourage those who still need to make their donations online to do so. It is safer and a way to support the parish. If you have any questions about online donations, I invite you to call the parish office or come in, and we will be happy to assist you.
I hope you have a blessed weekend. I have you in my daily prayer, and know I am very happy to be your spiritual father.
In Jesus and Mary,