“In those days, I, Daniel, heard this word of the Lord: At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be held in contempt and disgrace. But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.” - Daniel 12
Dear Parishioners and Friends;
The first reading this weekend is from the book of Daniel. It is quite different than what we are used to. Reference is made to the "end times" and of the salvation God will bestow on the just. Reference is also made of Michael the Archangel who will assist in the task of rescuing those who have died, while separating the wicked from the good. These particular "end time" readings indicate that we will be soon celebrating the feast of Christ the King and the conclusion of the church year.
As to Michael the Archangel, I know of men and women who serve in our armed forces and others who serve in public service as police and firefighters who ask Michael the Archangel to protect them. Many even carry a medal of Michael the Archangel on their person.
During the Month of October, Pope Francis asked us to pray the rosary for the Church and to avail ourselves of the intercession of Michael the Archangel by reciting the Archangel prayer at the end of mass. Our daily mass folks already do this during the week. Here is the prayer:
"Saint Michael the Archangel defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the Divine Power of God thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen."
Our annual Thanksgiving Mass will be held at 9:00 am this Thursday. We will have a table set up in the main body of Church for any personal food items (breads/pies) that you would like blessed at Mass and then brought back home again to share at your table. The Prayers of the Faithful will also provide an opportunity to offer our gratitude to God. So come join us for this great celebration!
This Sunday afternoon, our Confirmation candidates, along with some of their parents and sponsors will be helping to sort, pack and deliver deluxe Thanksgiving baskets to many local families this Sunday afternoon. We are so grateful to all the generous parishioners who responded graciously donating a variety of turkeys and food items so others who are less fortunate can enjoy a delicious dinner! Thank you!
We have much to be grateful for!
May God bless you!