Dearly Beloved in Christ:
The Universal Church celebrates World Mission Day this weekend. The Church, in her very nature, is missionary. At the end of each celebration of the Holy Eucharist, for instance, we are sent forth to share the message of the Gospel. While for some, mission might conjure images of missionaries in remote areas of the world, preaching the message of the Good News and bringing relief to those who are suffering, the missionary task of the Church is not left to a select few. Contrarily, every Christian is called to be a missionary disciple. I think of the encounter between Christ and Andrew in the Gospel of John (see: John 1:35-42) and how the latter, filled with joy, brings his brother, Simon, to meet Jesus too. It is hard to keep joyful news to oneself; the natural impulse is to share it with others. This is what the Christian life should look like. As missionary disciples, our impulse should be to share the joy of our encounter with the person of Jesus daily through actions, using words only when necessary.
Are we daily striving to encounter Christ through prayer, in our relationships with others, and in the way we approach life in general? Christianity entails a personal relationship and it is only those who encounter Christ that can joyfully introduce others to him as did Andrew and all the saints throughout the ages. As we mark this year’s World Mission Day, let us examine ourselves to see what sort of missionary disciples we are.
In his message for this year’s World Mission Day, Pope Francis exhorts us, thus: “Dear brothers and sisters, in carrying out our mission, let us draw inspiration from Mary, Mother of Evangelization. Moved by the Spirit, she welcomed the Word of life in the depths of her humble faith. May the Virgin Mother help us to say our own “yes”, conscious of the urgent need to make the Good News of Jesus resound in our time. May she obtain for us renewed zeal in bringing to everyone the Good News of the life that is victorious over death. May she intercede for us so that we can acquire the holy audacity needed to discover new ways to bring the gift of salvation to every man and woman.” Amen! Thank you for your support of the Church’s missionary endeavors through your prayers and generous contribution to the collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith.
At all the Masses last weekend, the Deacons shared their vocation stories with all of
- Next weekend, the priests will be sharing theirs as well in celebration of Priesthood Sunday. Every year in the month of October, a Sunday is dedicated for this celebration, typically the fourth Sunday in October. This event is coordinated by the USA Council of Serra International and is intended to celebrate and show appreciation for our priests as well as promote vocations to the priesthood. As a parish, we will be having a 24-hour Exposition/ Adoration of the Eucharist for vocations, starting from Wednesday October 25th (after the Noon Mass) to Thursday, October 26th at 12PM. The harvest is rich but the laborers are few. Ask the Lord of the Harvest for laborers (cf. Matthew 9:37-38). Please come and pray for vocations. Kindly call the office to sign-up. We will also be passing out prayer cards on Priesthood Sunday.
The Fall Festival at our Holy Family Catholic School is this Sunday, October 22nd. Please come and support the formation and education of our children. Our final Parish Town Hall meeting for this year is on Wednesday, October 25th at St. Mary’s Basilica at 7pm. I am grateful to all who have been participating in this communal exercise. We hope that it will become a permanent feature in the life of our parish and that through it, we will continue to discern how the Spirit is leading us as a parish community.
Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be present outside all the churches at the end of the Masses next weekend for the black bag collection. The funds collected go a long way in helping our brothers and sisters in need. Thank you for your generosity to Christ present in those who are afflicted and suffering.
Beloved in Christ, I love you! My prayer for us this week is that we persevere in God’s grace as we work toward unity. May we never tire of working toward becoming in truth, one Holy Family Parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in charity, as missionary disciples. Amen! Have a blessed week!
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma