Like many Americans, who awoke last Monday morning to learn of the horrific acts of violence that took place early that morning (in our time zone) in Las Vegas, we mourn the many precious and innocent lives that were senselessly lost in an evil manner. The terror that filled Las Vegas that night and its aftermath serve as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the very real presence of evil in our world. It fills us all with a tremendous unspeakable sadness. During this October, dedicated as Respect Life month and the month of the Holy Rosary, let’s take the time to pray and to resolve each day to treat our brothers and sisters with dignity, charity, and respect. Let us pray the Rosary, asking that God will receive the souls of those who have been lost through senseless killings, that He will heal the injured, and that He will pour out His comforting grace upon all those bearing the heavy burdens of suffering and grief. May we all embrace that which is good, so that the light of Christ will prevail in the darkness that our world seems to prefer.
I’m grateful to the 20 + “prayer-warriors” who opened Respect Life Month by going to pray silently for an hour last Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Federal Highway and Linton Blvd. Though the weather was threatening when we arrived, shortly after our opening prayer the clouds passed and we enjoyed both sunny and partly cloudy skies. Most noticeable was that the number of negative reactions seems to be decreasing each year, and the positive signs from the travelers are increasing, as well, as very encouraging. Thank you Deacons, Sisters and laity for your respect life witness, that ALL life is precious in God’s eyes, whether in Las Vegas, Delray Beach or anywhere else on God’s earth!
This coming Friday, October 13th, is a BIG day for us. We will be hosting Bishop Barbarito, who comes to help us celebrate the blessing and preparation of the ground for the construction of our new school addition. These past few years, we have been preparing for this occasion and are still anxiously awaiting the permit from the city to begin the actual construction process. We also will be observing the 100th anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady to the three children at Fatima (Portugal) in 1917. Our celebration begins at 9:15 a.m., with a procession around the parish grounds while praying the Rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet. Then, Bishop Barbarito will celebrate a special Mass at 10 a.m., followed by the pre-groundbreaking blessing of the designated land for the school addition. I invite all of you, if possible, to join us for these festivities.
I was delighted one week ago, to welcome into the fullness of the Catholic Faith, Jeffrey Stoops, who made his profession of Faith and then received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion in our church. I am grateful to his wife and to our Deacon Rusty Skinner for guiding him in his journey along this path to full communion with us.
If you know of any member of your family or a friend in our area who would be interested in becoming Catholic or in just learning more about our Faith, please contact Deacon Rusty or one of our parish priests or deacons, to help them learn more about Catholicism. Have a great day!