I cannot believe it but we are getting close to our biggest event of the year at St. Edwards on October 1st - Fun Day! I hope to see many of you there. I also spoke with Fr. Barry recently and he tells me he will also be there for Fun Day. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with him as well.
You might also have noticed that we have put up our beautiful Our Lady of Fatima Statue behind the Church. Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun that happened on October 13, 1917, in Fatima, Portugal. This miracle was performed by our Lady to show the truth to the people that three children, Lucia Santos, Francisco Marto and his sister Jacinta, were indeed seeing our Blessed Mother. She requested that they offer up their sufferings for the salvation of souls, to pray the Rosary every day, and to increase devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On October 13, 1917, according to many witnesses, after a period of rain, the dark clouds broke and the sun appeared as an opaque, spinning disc in the sky. It was said to be significantly duller than normal and to cast multicolored lights across the landscape, the people, and the surrounding clouds. The sun was then reported to have careened towards the earth before zig-zagging back to its normal position.
The Rosary is a simple yet highly effective prayer. It transforms our world around us with its peace. If we pray it with same childlike devotion as the visionary children at Fatima, perhaps we will have our own miracles here at St. Edwards. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
I have a lot of good news to share with you. Firstly, we have fixed the leaky drain that is located above the confessional so no more water is getting in after it rains. Also, I was up on the roof with a roofer to see if we need a new one. Eventually we will need a new flat roof around the main Church, but for the time being there are no big visible leaks.
We also have two new hires here at St. Edward's. Our new parish secretary, Anne Brennan has already been hard at work. she was previously the parish secretary from St. Pius X and comes highly recommended. Already she has organized all of our Church activities on Google calendar! If you swing by the office, please welcome her. I would also like to publicly say than you to Cathy McClelland for volunteering in the office until we were able to find a full-time secretary. Her willingness to help out was truly a saving grace.READ MORE
The Gospel today speaks of the importance of addressing problems head on. If your brother sins against you, “go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.” If he still is giving you a tough time, get others to help you confront him. If he is still giving you trouble, take it up with higher authorities.
However, the first step is to try and correct the fault of someone who has sinned against us by bringing it up with that person alone. This takes a lot of guts. The reason Jesus wants us to have this conversation alone with the other person is to ensure the other person does not feel defensive. Having a one-on-one conversation encourages both persons to listen more deeply and to be comfortable enough to share what is really going on in their hearts.READ MORE
Our Parish Church is still recovering from the lightning strike that hit near us a couple of weeks ago but we are almost fully functioning again. We were able to get most of our phones working again. Only two of our phones were rendered unsalvageable. We were also able to get our voicemail working again. Unfortunately, one of our phone lines no longer works because somewhere in the maze of our internal phone system the wiring was damaged. Perhaps God sent the lightning storm to urge us to get a new phone system? We are currently exploring that possibility.
We also have a leak in the confessional. Fortunately, it is not that kind of leak that could lead to an excommunication! It is just a leaky roof. The roof that we currently have is the original roof and is 40 years old. We are also exploring the possibility of replacing it.READ MORE
Our Parish Church had a rough week this past week. We got hit by a lightning strike very close to the property. We lost power in the Church and had to sweat it out for the 5:30pm Mass last Saturday. When we opened the office this past Monday, we discovered that our phones had been fried by the lightning. As of the writing of this bulletin, we are still in the process of trying to restore phone service to our office. Fortunately, we were able to restore our internet service.READ MORE
The Gospel today features one of the most jarring lines in all of Sacred Scripture. A woman comes up to Jesus repeatedly and asks to have her Son healed from demonic possession. Jesus finally turns to her and says, “It is not right to take the food of the children and give it to the dogs.” Jesus is trying to explain that his mission is primarily to the house of Israel. However, he tries to dismiss this Canaanite woman in a very abrupt and rude way.
I often wondered, “Why on earth did Jesus rebuke this woman in this way? This doesn’t sound like Jesus? Why on earth would St. Matthew include this story in the Gospel that makes Jesus seem so rude?” The reason the disciples remembered this story was not due to Jesus’ callous remark. It was because the woman showed such great humility in her response: “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”READ MORE
In the first reading today, Elijah is looking for God. At first, he looks for Him in the wind, in an earthquake, and in fire. However, God was not in any of these noises. Instead, Elijah found God in a tiny whispering sound.
St. Ignatius of Loyola also speaks of what God's voice sounds like. In his seventh rule on the discernment of spirits St. Ignatius says the following: "In those who go on from good to better, the good angel touches such soul sweetly, lightly and gently, like a drop of water which enters into a sponge; and the evil touches it sharply and with noise and disquiet, as when the drop of water falls on the stone. " Elijah was not a person who was going from bad to good. Elijah was growing in holiness so he was going from "good to better." As a result, the voice of God was gentle for Elijah.READ MORE
This Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. On a mountain, Jesus was revealed in all his glory. And the voice of his heavenly Father proclaimed: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to him." Peter, James and John fell prostrate at Jesus' feet. They were afraid. However, Jesus does not want his friends to be afraid of him. Jesus wants his friends to love Him.READ MORE