In our readings this week, we see that “Amos condemns the complacency of the rich who seek only their own comfort (Amos 6:1,4-7). In his parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus echoes Amos, Exhorting those who have to share with those who have not. SelfSufficiency must never blind us to the needs of others (cf. Luke 16; 19- 31, Psalm 146:7-10). Only in this way do we keep god’s commandments integrity and in truth (1 Tim 6:11-16).
The diocesan Annual Appeal is fast approaching. I encourage you to prayerfully consider giving to this appeal, and how much the Lord may be asking you to give. The appeal helps to fund the good works and running of the Diocese. One of the major beneficiaries of the appeal is our Vocation program.
This year we in the Diocese of LaCrosse are blessed to have 32 seminarians discerning and studying for priesthood. While it is a joy to see the growing number of courageous and dedicated young men answering the call from the Lord, it presents us with the task of raising funds to educate them. The funds raised through your generous gift to the appeal are a major source of income to educate the future priests of our diocese.
Thank you to all who worked for the St. Paul Fall Festival, those who donated their time, baked goods, items for the raffle and white elephant sale and those who served the Swiss Steak dinner, (I now have half a freezer full of left overs, so I’d better sign up at the fitness center).
Happy Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels (September 29) to all parishioners, especially those of St. Michael Parish. May St. Michael be ever our strong protector in times of trial.
All three parishes are now into full swing with Religious Education on Wednesday evenings. 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 persons. 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 responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity and disinterested 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 I encourage you to push yourself to get as much out of the hour with us as you can It is important for you to know your faith, but most importantly, is important for you to know Jesus Christ.
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