Dear People of St. Patrick Parish & Visitors:
During this whole month of November, we continue to pray for our beloved dead and especially the souls in purgatory. The names at the altar will be remembered in prayer at every mass celebrated at St. Patrick this month. You can still add names.
This week, we will also remember and honor all veterans who have and are currently serving in our armed forces. We especially remember those who died, those who were injured or still suffer from the trauma of war. As we honor our veterans, let us also pray that one day no one will lose their life due to the hate and greed of wars.
Psalm 131 which is our responsorial psalm at Mass today, “In you Lord, I have found my peace.” As we sing and pray this psalm, do we really have the faith and the hope that the prayers reflects? Are we really at peace with our God? Does our faith and trust in God bring us true peace?
St. Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians, uses the example of a nursing mother caring for her children. The example brings to mind a happy, peaceful baby, that is hungry and seeking satisfying food. A baby feeling love and security and the warmth of the mother. Does this picture not bring peace? We should also feel that same peace every time we go to Holy Communion at Mass. We should feel the same peace when we confess our sins and are restored to peace and unity with our God.
Let God feed us, warm us, hold us, and rejoice in His love for us.
Fr. Larry Young
Pastor of St. Patrick Church