Call to Discipleship – Oct. 14, 2018

Peace and all good!

Our Gospel story from St. Mark, relates the sharing between the young rich man and Jesus. The rich man has kept all the rules and knows there is more. He seeks Jesus out to learn how he can get closer to God. But his face falls when he learns the cost. Following Jesus is one thing. Giving up his possession is another. What are the riches in your life that might be hampering your call to deeper discipleship?

Plans for our Share the Journey prayer and procession are coming along very well. Recall that we are gathering on November 10th at 9:00 a.m. in Serra to begin some reflection time and to hear the stories of several immigrants to our country. These lovely people will share their own journey leaving their homelands to find a place of refuge here in the United States. Then, we will process with the Blessed Sacrament on the Mission grounds and end with a special reflection by Bishop Dolan. Please mark your calendars for this special event and Share the journey of our brothers and sisters hoping to find safety and a better life for themselves and their families.

We honor two important saints this week: St. Teresa of Avila on Monday, October 15th and St. Luke on Thursday, October 18th. St. Teresa is one of the first women to be made a doctor of the Church, known for her sweeping reforms of the Carmelites. One of her most famous prayers is the Nada Te Turbe, which we often sing at Taize Prayer. “Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten. Those who fear God will never go wanting. God alone is enough!”

It is time for another “Heads of Ministry” gathering. It has been scheduled for October 20th. This will enable the English-speaking ministry leadership to discuss new ways of doing things and to share ideas for recruitment of new members to the various ministries of our parish. You will also have an opportunity for dialogue with the pastor and staff. Please make this meeting a top priority if at all possible. Thank you very much!

Love,
Fr. Vince