Dear Sacred Heart Family,
This past Monday I was home- a beautiful fall day on the farm. The day’s task was butchering chickens. Good for us, not so much for the chickens!
I want to encourage you to consider attending Sacred Heart’s Gala this year on November 10th. I want to mention two of the auction items available that night.
- The first item is a day at my family’s farm. The day will include a tour, milking cows, feeding calves, collecting eggs, tractor driving, lunch provided by parents (really this means my Mom!), and Mass at the house to end the day. We host a group around 20-25.
- The 2nd item is dinner at the rectory for up to 10 people with myself and Fr. Tomy. A homemade curry dinner is available upon request.
This is Sacred Heart’s one big fundraiser of the year. Tickets are available at the office. My folks are coming that night as well and we are all looking forward to it.
This week we have two important days. November 1st is All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation. We celebrate this day to remember that this is what all of us are called to- to be saints. It reorients are vision back on Heaven and gives us the encouragement of all of those who have gone before us and show us the way.
November 2nd is All Souls day. This is the day where we remember all of our loved ones who have died and especially remember those who need our prayers in purgatory. Sadly, we have lost this sense that we have to pray for the dead so this day is a powerful reminder to do so. I want to share two great quotes on purgatory.
The first is from Pope Benedict….
“I would go so far as to say that if there was no purgatory, then we would have to invent it, for who would dare say of himself that he was able to stand directly before God. And yet we don’t want to be, to use an image from Scripture, “a pot that turned out wrong”, that has to be thrown away; we want to be able to be put right. Purgatory basically means that God can put the pieces back together again. That he can cleanse us in such a way that we are able to be with him and can stand there in the fullness of life. Purgatory strips off from one person what is unbearable and from another the inability to bear certain things, so that in each of them a pure heart is revealed, and we can see that we all belong together in one enormous symphony of being”.
The second is from Msgr. Charles Pope, priest from the Archdiocese of Washington, DC…..
“You know, honestly, is there anyone here carrying stuff with us we know we can’t take to heaven? I’m not just talking about our sins, I’m talking about our heartaches, our hurts, some of those regrets we might carry with us. We can’t take those things to heaven, it wouldn’t be heaven! And so there is a beautiful line in the Book of Revelation that says of Jesus, regarding the death, that He will wipe every tear from their eyes. (cf Rev 21:4) And this is part of what we call in the Catholic tradition the process of purgation. The Lord wipes the tears form our eyes: any sorrows, any regrets, any rough edges of our personality, those effects of sin that still cling to us. The Lord takes good care of it all…he wipes the tears and purifies us with holy fire.”
Let us pray for all of our loved ones who have gone before that they might be brought swiftly into the home of Heaven. That if there was still any sin or pain still clinging to them that it might be set right.