October 2, 2022
October will be a full month at Saint George and I’d like to fill you in. This weekend, I am happy to introduce you to a couple dear friends of mine. Saturday evening, Father Kevin McCray, associate pastor of Saint Elizabeth Seton is filling in for me, as I am away for a wedding on the North Side. You will also meet our new deacon, Tim Keating and his wife, Kay. Kay has already jumped in as a lector. I know you will find Tim a warm, friendly man and a thought-provoking preacher. Please make the Keatings feel welcome!
Also this weekend, we are focusing our thoughts and prayers on life issues that face us as a country and as individuals. The notion that we are responsible to preserve and protect life from conception to natural death is a cornerstone of our Catholic social teachings. We will reflect on these issues, and I urge you to read and research in order to have a richer understanding of how all of these are interrelated. One concrete step is to join us for the Life Chain this Sunday from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at 7520 W. 159th Street.
On Sunday, October 9, we will be offering the Sacrament of the Sick at the 11:30 AM Mass. We will also broadcast the Mass and bring Communion to people in their cars for those who cannot come into church. The anointing will be offered immediately after Mass. We are also planning some light refreshments following the anointing. This sacrament is intended for anyone suffering from physical, emotional, or spiritual pain. Certainly if you anticipate a hospitalization or a medical procedure, the Anointing of the Sick is always encouraged. Please spread the word to anyone who would benefit from this healing grace!
On the weekend of October 15-16, I will be speaking at all the Masses to give the Parish Financial Report. This is a mandated talk by the Archdiocese in order to keep all of our parishioners aware of our current financial status. As generous givers to Saint George, this will give you an opportunity to review our stewardship of the material goods of our community.
The following weekend, I will be leaving for a four-week program of study in Rome. The program is one of rigorous study with lectures, reading and visits to important religious sites. This is the last portion of a program I was on when COVID shut down Italy, and soon after, the whole world. I am very grateful for this opportunity and to Father Tom and the other priests who will be filling in. In the meantime, as you can see, we have a busy month ahead. I urge you to jump in and allow God’s grace to guide you each step of the way.