Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This Thursday, November 1st, is the Solemnity of All Saints, a holy day of obligation. We will have Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at Sacred Heart and 6:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist. This feast day is a wonderful expression of our communion with all the saints in heaven. We experience our communion in a very real way at Mass where heaven and earth are united through real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. On this day, all saints in heaven are honored, especially those who have not been canonized. It is a day of hope for us and our deceased loved ones. We can envision them in heaven praying for us. Let us join with them at Mass on November 1st. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked that all dioceses take up a special collection, a second collection for those who have suffered the effects of the recent hurricanes in the Carolinas and Florida. Thousands of homes, businesses, and churches have been severely damaged or destroyed by the storms and the floods. The funds will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA as they seek to help communities restore their homes, streets, churches and buildings. The funds will also be designated for future disasters in which Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services reach out to provide humanitarian aid in the form of water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as supporting long-term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction. I thank you for your generosity in this regard.
God bless you all.
Fr. Kitsmiller Administrator Pro Tem