Last week I received a phone call from our very own Matthew Jordan (fifth year theologian at St. Mary Seminary) that brought me great joy. He is ready! Matthew received his call to Holy Orders from Bishop Lennon. That means on October 22 (the feast of St. John Paul II) he and his classmates will be ordained transitional deacons. You have been a powerful reminder of how a vocation cannot grow on its own. Every vocation needs the Church and the Church needs her vocations. Please continue to pray for Matthew and his soon-to-be-ordained class: (from back row left) Jacob Bearer from St. Mary in Painesville, Peter Bang from the Archdiocese of Daegu, South Korea, Matthew Jordan, Peter Morris from St. Vincent de Paul in Elyria, Eric Garris from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Wickliffe, Robert McWilliams from Immaculate Conception in glorious downtown Kenmore, (front row left) Anthony Simone from St. Mary in Hudson, Rev. Mark Latcovich, Ph.D., President-Rector Borromeo Seminary, and James Cosgrove from St. Charles Borromeo in Parma.
This week brings with it a chance to grow in your prayer life. How? Tuesday marks the second week for our RCIA inquirers to gather to find out what it means to be Catholic. It takes great courage and commitment for someone to admit it's time to grow in the Sacramental life. Pray for them and for those who are still waiting to offer their "yes" to join us on Tuesdays this fall!
This week (on the 29th) why not be one with the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael? Live it up and celebrate the feast day by finding out who they are to you in Scripture and in your life. Also, on the next day (30th), I will be celebrating the most important day of a person's life, my Baptism day. It is also the day we celebrate the patron saint of sacred Scripture, Saint Jerome, and the actual day when Saint Therese of Lisieux died. If you have never read anything from her beyond quotes, start reading Story of a Soul. Your life will never be the same.
Since it sounds like everyone will be busy praying this week, why not consider joining us next Sunday (10/2) in front of the school on Manchester Road, as we pray the Rosary for the respect and dignity of all human life and for an end to abortion? We will begin immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass.
Pax, Fr. Bline