October is traditionally a month dedicated to Our Lady. I ask all our parishioners to consider praying the rosary each day of this month for three special intentions: for peace in the world, for the gift of the rain we need in the Valley, and especially for the healing and renewal of the Church. Remember also the rosary is prayed Monday through Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 1:00 p.m. for vocations and other intentions: you are always welcome to join in this powerful prayer! God bless!
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward. What a small action, simply giving someone a cup of water to drink! Yet, we believe as Christians that the smallest act of good is somehow more powerful than all the evil acts in the universe! This is a mystery, yet if flows from our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus. The powers of evil did their worst, even killing the Son of God, and yet God triumphed in that moment because of His everlasting Love. The good will last, the evil will disappear. This is why Jesus calls us always to choose the good.
This coming week we celebrate a special day, the Feast of St. Francis (October 4). An old tradition among Franciscans is to celebrate his passing (transitus) the night before the feast. We have followed this tradition here at Old Mission Santa Inés for many years and I invite you to join us this Wednesday night (October 3) for a time of prayer and contemplation, song and silence. On Thursday besides the morning mass we will have an evening mass in Spanish at 8 p.m. May St. Francis help us all to become true disciples of Christ!
"Jesus keeps knocking on our doors, the doors of our lives. He doesn't do this by magic, with special effects, with flashing lights and fireworks. Jesus keeps knocking on our door in the faces of our brothers and sisters, in the faces of our neighbors, in the faces of those at our side." Pope Francis
Participating in the good works of Together in Mission is one way that every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles can show their love for their neighbor. Our theme for this 25th anniversary year of Together in Mission is “Let us Love.” The love that Jesus calls us to is more than words and more than feelings. Christian love is a call to action. Jesus calls us to open our hearts and extend a helping hand to those who are most vulnerable and most in need. Thank for your generous support of the Together in Mission campaign. May our Blessed Mother watch over you in her tender love and may our gracious God grant you peace and joy and love. Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles
@ArchbishopGomez: Friends, we need to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy - seeking contact with our Lord through serving others.