National Vocation Awareness Week

As Catholics, we firmly believe that God has a plan for our lives! He calls some to marriage, some to the priesthood, and others to religious life. Some remain as generous single people. Fully living our own vocations and teaching young people how to discern God’s call is a serious duty, but also a joyful one. Today begins National Vocation Awareness Week.

During this week, please pray about how God is calling you to live your vocation more deeply. Encourage the young people in your life – children, grandchildren, students, and friends – to be open if God calls them to priesthood or consecrated life. For more information, go to VocationsOnline.org or call 515-237-5050 and ask for Father Ross Parker.

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All Saints & All Souls

On Thursday, November 1st we celebrate the first and Category A Component of the Church – THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT. All Christians believe in our final home in HEAVEN, where our Fathers and Mothers in Faith, the Saints have reached already. The Saints have fought a good fight and have finished the race winning the crown of Glory. The saints shine with brightening lights showing us the way to reach our final destination on our pilgrimage of faith.

On Friday, November 2nd, we celebrate a third category of the church – THE CHURCH SUFFERING, signifying the Souls in Purgatory. They are those who worshipped with us and have passed on yet to reach the destination of the Glory of the Father.

In communion with the saints we in the present church, the second category – THE CHURCH MILITATANT, pray for the church suffering to be enabled to reach home so that they can join the saints to intercede for us struggling in faith for our final home one day.

Thus on ALL SAINTS DAY, all of us are obliged to join in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist interceding the assistance of the saints to brighten our way to the Father. As contained in the Eucharistic prayer of the saints, we pray – “Father all-powerful and ever-living God…..their (the saints) glory fills us with joy, and their communion with us in your church gives us inspiration and strength, as we hasten on our pilgrimage of faith, eager to meet them”.

All Souls Day is a special day of prayer for all our brothers and sisters who have gone ahead of us passing through a process of purification in Purgatory. Let us join the whole church at Mass to commemorate our deceased relatives, church members, dear ones, spouses, parents, children, colleagues, and even the unknown, at Mass and pray for their souls. We can do so by offering Intentions in their memory, lightening candles and submitting their names as we can remember so that we all pray for them. Let us remember that we shall all go one day and may need others to pray for us, so it is our turn now also to pray for others. All names for the Mass will be compiled and prayed for in the Masses of the day.

– Blessings, Fr. Seth

All Saints & All Souls

On Thursday, November 1st we celebrate the first and Category A Component of the Church – THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT. All Christians believe in our final home in HEAVEN, where our Fathers and Mothers in Faith, the Saints have reached already. The Saints have fought a good fight and have finished the race winning the crown of Glory. The saints shine with brightening lights showing us the way to reach our final destination on our pilgrimage of faith.

On Friday, November 2nd, we celebrate a third category of the church – THE CHURCH SUFFERING, signifying the Souls in Purgatory. They are those who worshipped with us and have passed on yet to reach the destination of the Glory of the Father.

In communion with the saints we in the present church, the second category – THE CHURCH MILITATANT, pray for the church suffering to be enabled to reach home so that they can join the saints to intercede for us struggling in faith for our final home one day.

Thus on ALL SAINTS DAY, all of us are obliged to join in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist interceding the assistance of the saints to brighten our way to the Father. As contained in the Eucharistic prayer of the saints, we pray – “Father all-powerful and ever-living God…..their (the saints) glory fills us with joy, and their communion with us in your church gives us inspiration and strength, as we hasten on our pilgrimage of faith, eager to meet them”.

All Souls Day is a special day of prayer for all our brothers and sisters who have gone ahead of us passing through a process of purification in Purgatory. Let us join the whole church at Mass to commemorate our deceased relatives, church members, dear ones, spouses, parents, children, colleagues, and even the unknown, at Mass and pray for their souls. We can do so by offering Intentions in their memory, lightening candles and submitting their names as we can remember so that we all pray for them. Let us remember that we shall all go one day and may need others to pray for us, so it is our turn now also to pray for others. All names for the Mass will be compiled and prayed for in the Masses of the day.

– Blessings, Fr. Seth

Let Us Be Confident

Charles and Dominic had just completed their Secondary/High school and now are
doing their National Service. For two years they were to learn the basic skills needed to
serve and defend their country in case of war. Charles was very bright for studies but he was not a practical man. Dominic had not done so well in exams, but he was intelligent and had a small impediment/handicap, he was limping slightly. He had hoped this would free him from the service but the army commander had said there was no problem there. They had been at the training ground for three months when one evening Charles came to talk with Dominic.
I just can’t go on anymore, I have decided to go and ask for permission to go home.
I am so nervous, I can’t sleep at night. I am so afraid when the lieutenant shouts commands at us on the field. I can’t take it anymore, but most of all I fear the army commander. They all say he is a very good man, and he never gave me any warning, but I just fear him. Are you not afraid of him?
No, I know myself that he is a good man. I too, in the beginning, was afraid of him. With my limping, I was always the last man to come back from the field. I thought he would punish me, but one night, his assistant, the sergeant called me to his office. I was trembling all over. He made me sit and explained to me that he too when he was young had a limp. He said that the commander sent him to have his leg operated on. Now he is happy to serve his country as a soldier. He offered to help me if I want to have the same operation as he had. He will speak to the commander for me. You see, there is no reason to be afraid.
That night, Charles slept much better. He had made up his mind the next day he would
explain his fears to the sergeant. After his conversation with Dominic, Charles felt less afraid and more confident. This is what we are called to be ourselves in the second reading of today.

LET US BE CONFIDENT
Blessings, Fr. Seth

The Holy Rosary

As we continue the Praying and recitation of the Holy Rosary, I want us to learn to give ourselves some little time to Reflect and meditate deeply on the various mysteries. The MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY are Meditations on Episodes in the LIFE and DEATH of Jesus from the ANNUNCIATION to the ASCENSION and beyond, namely JOYFUL or JOYOUS MYSTERY:

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THE ANNUNCIATION: The angel of God, Gabriel was sent to Mary a virgin, to announce the Good News to her. LK 1:26-37. The word of God will never FAIL.

THE VISITATION: When Mary was told that her relative Elizabeth was also pregnant in her sixth month she hastily went up to visit her cousin who in turn received a sharing of the GRACE that filled Mary’s heart. Being concerned about others even when we have our own troubles and worries to carry or bear. LK 1: 39-56.

THE BIRTH OF JESUS/NATIVITY: Here let us not just think of mere birth but the strenuous process in whichMary journeyed as a woman before she could give birth. Think of the place of birth, Herod’s chase for the child, God’s joyous revelation to poor and ordinary shepherds, and the way the wise men came to discover the truth that Herod failed to believe. God then gives a new route and direction for the wise men to return to their home. LK 2: 1-20

THE PRESENTATION: Per faithfulness to God and Tradition, Mary and Joseph presented the child to the Temple of God. The two prophecies of Simeon and Anna proclaimed and highlighted all that Jesus was destined to accomplish. LK 2 : 21-40.

THE FINDING OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE: All Catholic parents love to have their children baptized. However, parents most often fail to give a deeper thougrosaryht and consideration to dedicating their baptized children to the Lord in His Holy Church for service without reservation. This is the time to reflect on how much we dedicate and commit our families to the Lord so that our children can always be traced and found in the house of God other than elsewhere. Lk 2: 41- 52.

We have to do the same with the rest of the MYSTERIES – The Sorrowful , The Mystery of Alight/Luminous, The Glorious. Let us devote time and add our intentions to the mysteries we reflect on trusting in the unfailing intercessions of Mary our Mother.

MARY OUR MEDIATRIX PRAY FOR US