October 18th Message from Father Bob

Dear Parishioners and Friends, Near and Far,

Hope you are staying healthy and safe and personally distant.

On my day off, Tuesday, I spent some time watching the questioning of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who I am rooting for since she went to Notre Dame, is brilliant, and is a good practicing Catholic. I can’t believe how she can respond to the tough questioning all those hours without a note in front of her.

I also spent a long time walking through the woods and observed the beautiful autumn day. October is my favorite month: clean fresh air, the temperature is dropping, and the magnificent coloring of the leaves. I spied a beautiful, majestic blue heron standing on one leg, watching for possible fish swimming by. I took a picture of him and I thought about this weekend’s Gospel. Animal life around us is never hypocritical. The word “hypocrisy” comes from the Greek word “hypokrisis,” which means acting on the stage. When we are hypocritical, we are putting on an act, saying one thing, and then doing another or the opposite. The Pharisees and Herodians try to ensnare Jesus. With the coin with Caesar’s image, the wise Jesus says, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Animals only do what nature, created by God, tells them; they are never hypocritical. Ultimately, we too should practice what we preach.

As I continued my walk, realizing we are just a little over two months to Christmas, Masses on Christmas came to my mind. Unless something major happens to remove this virus, we will have to take reservations for Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. More about this will follow in future bulletins and announcements.

Thanks to all who helped and participated in the “Rosary Coast to Coast” last Sunday. We need more help with sanitizing the church after each Mass; please see an usher if you are interested in helping us.

A little weekend humor:

“I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.”

“Money talks….but all mine ever says is goodbye.”

“If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive, try missing a couple of payments.”

Go Browns!

With Him and His Mom,
Father Bob