Thank you to McCausland Garrity Marchesani Funeral Home for sponsoring the parish breakfast last week at Our Lady of Peace. The breakfast included scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, tea, and orange juice. It was a delicious way to start the day and of course a wonderful opportunity to socialize with fellow parishioners. Thank you again to McCausland Garrity Marchesani for your generosity and thoughtfulness. God bless you.
Thank you also to those who supported the Attic Treasures offerings at breakfast. Thank you to Deacon Charlie and his helpers who organized the display with the autumn / Halloween theme and who staffed the tables. Blessings for all that you do for our parish. Looking forward to your display for the Christmas Bazaar.
Speaking of the Christmas Bazaar, it will be conducted in less than a month. The Christmas Bazaar will be conducted at the OLP School cafeteria. Nice to see so much activity in the old school building. Thank you to Rose Moran and her helpers for organizing the Christmas Bazaar and all their behind-the-scenes fine tuning at the OLP cafeteria. Thank you to all who have donated items for the Christmas Bazaar baskets, and thanks to those who are supporting the Stocks Pound Cake fundraiser.
Today, 22 October, is World Mission Sunday. The following is a description of World Mission Sunday from Archbishop Perez.
Inspired by the story of the disciples on the way to Emmaus, Pope Francis chose this year’s theme: “Hearts on fire, feet on the move.” He invites us to reflect on these images, “their hearts burned within them as they heard the Scriptures explained by Jesus, their eyes were opened as they recognized him and, ultimately, their feet set out on the way.” As Missionary disciples, we seek inspiration in the Scriptures. We also look to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist as the source and summit of the Church’s Mission so we can evangelize with zeal and urgency.
As we celebrate World Mission Sunday, we call to mind a Missionary disciple whose heart burned with the Gospel, Blessed Pauline Jaricot, foundress of the Pontifical Mission Societies. She recognized that all are called to participate in the missionary work of the Church through spiritual and material offerings. Her vision led to World Mission Sunday, which helps the Pope support missionary activity.
The World Mission Sunday collection assists the Holy Father in proclaiming the Gospel and celebrating the Sacraments in over 1,111 Mission dioceses and areas that are young and in need of resources. Your gifts help build and operate schools and orphanages, construct churches, train catechists and educate Mission seminarians and Religious men and women.
I urge you to keep your hearts aflame and your feet moving this World Mission Sunday and every day. Working together with that spirit, we can bring everyone to recognize Jesus in the Word and the Eucharist. Your prayers are invaluable, and your financial support provides life-giving aid to our brothers and sisters around the world.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Envelopes for the World Mission Sunday Collection are located at the Church entrances. Thank you for your generosity and prayerful support of the Church’s mission activities.