Our readings this week cause us to reflect on how different the Lord’s ways are from our own. “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)
The Psalm also praises the Lord who is gracious and good to all. (c.f. Psalm 145). In the Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of how the workers who worked all day and those who worked only a few hours received the same pay from the master of the vineyard (c.f. Matthew 20:1-16a). Jesus is teaching us that he, the Lord, is equally generous in compassion and love to those who are quick to respond to his invitation, as well as to those who are slow to hear his call. Again, His ways are not our ways. Following the words of St. Paul in our second reading (c.f. Philip- pians 1:20-27), may the Lord Jesus always be our Life and our Way!
Thank you to all who worked for the St. Paul Fall Festival, those who donated their time, talents and treasures and those who came out to support our Parish.
Happy Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels (September 29) to all parishioners, espe- cially those of St. Michael Parish. May St. Michael be ever our strong protector in times of trial.
A Requiem Mass will be held at the St. Michael cemetery in Ridgeville on September 30th at 9:45 am. The cemetery was abandoned long ago and our Knights of Columbus have been hard at work cleaning, clearing, and sprucing up the cemetery. The Mass will be offered for the repose of the souls of all buried there.
All three parishes are now into full swing with Religious Education on Wednesday eve- nings. It is good to see our youth continuing their formation to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. I thank the parents and families who bring their children.
When a husband and wife accept the responsibility of parenthood, they become partners with God in creation. Parenting includes not only the temporal well being of a child, but most especially, it calls for the spiritual nurturing of the child.
“Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human per- sons. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God's law” Catechism of the Catholic Church 2222.
The very act of parenting, calls the parents to be the primary educators. This concept has been supported and advocated by the Church. "Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children." (CCC # 2223) "They bear witness to this responsibil- ity first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity and disinter- ested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues."
We at St. Paul, St. James, and St. Michael parishes are honored to assist you in the religious education of your children.
Dear students in CCD, I know and understand that after a long day at school and with sports or other obligations, sitting through CCD can be a little difficult, but it is my prayer and hope that you grow deeper in your faith and in your knowledge and love of Jesus, our Savior.
Thank you to all catechists, especially Sue LaBudda and Deb Granger for your work as Coordinators of Religious Education. May God reward your service.
God bless you all this week,
Father Robert Letona