Docility to God's Will
Greetings and blessings on you and your families!
My name is Nic Nett, and I am glad to be serving you as the chair of our pastoral council from now until July. My wife, Victoria (Tori), and I made our marriage vows 4 years ago at the Holy Cross campus. We moved into a house near Audubon Park last summer, and we have two precious little squeakers, Aleksander (2) and Veronika (1). Whether you celebrate Mass at the St Hedwig, St Clement, St Anthony, or Holy Cross campus, there is a good chance you have seen us around, so don't hesitate to say 'Hello' next time.
You deserve to know that our pastoral council has agreed to focus on ways that we can unite our parish in docility to God's will. Being docile is a term often applied to animals who agree to be led to they know not what. It also defines the life of Jesus, the lamb willingly led by God through betrayal by his closest friends, physical torture, and a humiliating death to new life and permanent victory over fear and spiritual numbness.
In order to better follow Christ's example, the pastoral council members have decided to start our council year by hosting a mini-retreat on Friday, November 30th for the leadership teams (executive committee, finance council, and pastoral council). We will be praying together for docility to God's will. Our desire is to test the mini-retreat idea on the leadership and offer a similar event in the future to the broader parish.
In order to unify our campuses under the Cross, the pastoral council will be present at all campuses at various times this year. For instance, we are changing our gatherings from only Tuesday nights at St Clement to a rotation that allows us to start our gathering with either Mass or Adoration together at each of our campuses. We also want to encourage you to come meet us, pray and speak with us. Here is our gathering schedule:
Sun, 11/4 Holy Cross campus (9:30am Mass; gathering to follow)
Sun, 1/13 St Hedwig campus (10:00am Mass; gathering to follow)
Tue, 2/26 St Clement campus (6:30pm Adoration; gathering to follow)
Sat, 4/27 St Anthony campus (5:30pm Mass; gathering to follow)
Sat, 6/1 Off-site Pilgrimage (TBD)
Our mission is to help unify our parish campuses in docility to what God is leading us to do. We ask that you join us by praying at Mass, in your home, at work, and wherever else you seek His peace. "Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you."
Peace be with you,
Dear friends in Christ,
As we enter the month of November, dedicated as it is to interceding for Holy Souls in Purgatory, I invite you to pray fervently for those who have died. In a particular way we pray for those buried from our parish in this past year and for those who continue to grieve the loss of loved ones. The octave (or eight days) following the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed is an opportune time to visit a cemetery or light a candle in church. It is also a special season to pray the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Here is a prayer I invite us to pray together. It is a form of a prayer prayed by the priest during the Rite of Christian Burial:
Lord Jesus Christ,
by your own three days in the tomb,
you hallowed the graves of all who believe in you
and so made the grave a sign of hope
that promises resurrection,
even as it claims our mortal bodies.
Grant that our brothers and sisters (N.)
may sleep [here] in peace
until you awaken them to glory,
for you are the resurrection and the life.
Then they will see you face to face
and in your light will see light
and know the splendor of God,
for you live and reign for ever and ever.
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace. R. Amen.
V. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R. Amen.
I am grateful to Nic Nett and Tim Lyngdal for each writing briefly in this weekend’s bulletin. Thank you for your attention to their invitations.