Dear People of St. Patrick Parish,
As we study the Bible, we often find ourselves in the parables that Jesus used. Two men went up to the temple to pray. The Pharisee was a self righteous and reminded God how he is a mere man, so perfect and proud. Therefore, he really did not need God.
The Tax Collector sat in the back of the temple and prayed, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” He told God he was not worth but still hoped that God would forgive him. Yes, of course, he could not go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation like you and I can. He truly humbled himself and sought God’s mercy.
This Friday, we celebrate all the people who have made it to Heaven and see God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We do not just include all the canonized Saints of the Church, but people like our parents, friends, relatives, people who shared in our lives. As these people see God and walk with Him, they pray for us and ask God to help us.
The Feast of All Saints is a Holy Day of Obligation and Catholics are required to go to Mass that day. We should want to thank God for all those we love who are with Him.
Saturday is the Feast of All Souls who have died, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation but a day to come to Mass, pray for the souls in purgatory that our prayers will help them to get to Heaven sooner. You see 40 names on the center of the Church banner, these are people who have died in our parish from November 1, 2018 to today.
Thursday, October 31 st is Halloween, let us be happy to welcome those who come to our doors to receive trick or treat. The children are our future, let’s be happy with them. We also pray for the safety and well being of all who will be out trick or treating.
Happy Halloween to all!
Fr. Larry Young
Pastor of St. Patrick Church