Destined to Be with God in Heaven11-10-2019Rev. Brian F. Manning
It is common throughout human culture that if you believe there is an afterlife it is often viewed as the fulfillment of the privations and difficulties of this life. Heaven is often seen as a feast of unlimited food and drink; for others, heaven is a warm and safe place free of violence. What about us? We who are primarily overfed, warm and safe people, how do we envision heaven? As our culture often fulfills every comfort and desire that we have, the idea of an afterlife has diminished. Indeed belief in the reality of God has also declined greatly. The “nones” of today are really saying that they believe only in this life, and in fact just in themselves and their singular life. In many ways, the new “temple or church” is the fitness center or gym. In many ways, we have raised our children to come to this belief of themselves as the ultimate focus and end of their lives. Popular culture has made heaven to appear to be a cluster of stained glass “angels” which we hang in front of our windows to capture the sun and make the angels sparkle. What is guiding truth for believers in the Roman Catholic Way of Life is that we do not truly know what heaven is, but by our faith we know that it is. Today’s scripture helps us to deal with the troubling question of eternal life and heaven, which are for some Catholics a difficult question and for other Catholics a clear matter of faith.READ MORE
Christmas Caring Tree
The Caring Tree is up and ornaments listing needed gifts are on it. Please take one or two ornaments only, and then return your gifts, unwrapped in gift bags, by Sun, Dec 1 to the church.
Sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society
November Food Pantry Needs
Nov 16/17 Healthy snacks
Nov 23/24 Canned fruits, applesauce
Nov 30/Dec 1 Chicken noodle soup, beef stew
Blanket Drive for Veterans
Nov 16, 2019 - Nov 17, 2019
Please drop off new and "like new" blankets in the lower hall of the church Nov 16/17 before or after Mass. Blankets will be donated to Veterans' Organizations.
Sponsored by the Respect Life Commission