Calling Upon a New Friend in Heaven
“It is my wish, then that in every place men should pray, lifting up holy hands…” (St. Paul’s First Letter to Timothy 2:8, from today’s Epistle or second reading).
The Scriptures—especially the Epistles of St. Paul—are filled with exhortations to pray. The Saints are among those who take those biblical appeals to heart and are subsequently transformed by a life of prayer. One such figure is John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) who is slated to become one of the newest Canonized Saints of the Church on Sunday, October 13. No one becomes a saint apart from prayer. Thus it is fitting that along our path of sanctification we would learn to call upon the saints as friends in prayer, intercessors, helpers, patrons and advocates for us before God.
As has been mentioned before in these bulletin articles, Newman was the greatest convert of 19th century England and perhaps one of the greatest converts of all times—which is to say his conversion brought about great gains for the Kingdom of God. Newman was the most famous Oxford intellectual and Anglican preacher of his day. After he became a Catholic at the midpoint of his life in 1945 and decided upon the Oratory as the context for his priestly life, he became a sort of ‘second founder’ of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. He was in turn greatly helped by St. Philip’s prayers. As hopes for a local Oratory continue to put down roots in Northeast Minneapolis, we look to St. Philip Neri and Blessed John Henry Newman as examples, patrons, friends and heavenly intercessors. Newman understood in the depth of his being that to ask the intercession of the Communion of Saints was to join a great chain of prayer that extended as a bond of connection through space and time.
Not only in England but all over the world, people are preparing to celebrate the canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday 13th October. Though the canonization will take place in Rome, we can join in the spiritual preparation from where we are. This is a time of special grace for us to join together and form links in a great chain of prayer, where we call upon the soon-to-be-Saint to crown our prayers with his intercession in heaven. We encourage you to form links in that chain by joining in our Novena with Newman - nine days of prayerful preparation for the canonization, starting on Friday 4th October and finishing on Saturday 12th October, the eve of the canonization. Prayers for this Novena and more information about Newman’s life and significance can be found at: www.newmancanonisation.com/novena
You might have noticed that Dr. David Deavel, a professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, is kicking off the Sunday speaker series talk at St. Clement this Sunday at 10 am. This fits right in with our spiritual preparation for the canonization of one of our Oratory patrons whom we hope will become a new heavenly friend for all of us in Northeast.
United in gratitude and fervent prayer,
SeptemberFest Thank Yous!
I would like to share some words of thanks from our festival co-chairs who dedicated themselves over numerous months to make sure countless details for SeptemberFest came together. Our thanks are owed to them for their leadership:
Thank you to all those who came together to plan, organize, contribute and volunteer at SeptemberFest 2019! It was a wonderful weekend filled with fun and fellowship. We would like to recognize numerous individuals for their hard work and donations however the list would fill the entire bulletin. A special THANKS to this year's SeptemberFest Planning Committee: Michelle & Doug Leba, Kathy & Greg Mezzenga, Mary-Clare Bates, Steve Scott, Gabby Basara, Tom Siwek and Janice Frakie. Lastly, the weekend could not have happened without the countless hours of work done by the Tuesday Toilers. Thanks again! A recap meeting will be held in about a month. Watch the bulletin for details.
- Kathleen Gorzycki – SeptemberFest 2019 Co-Chair
What a fantastic event September Fest was this year! I would like to personally thank all of the Booth Leaders that did an excellent job of organizing their specific areas not only on “game days” but also well in advance of this event. Thank you to the volunteers that are always there to help until the job is done. Certainly too many to mention but please know that you are appreciated. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the office staff that worked diligently to take care of many of the business aspects that can sometimes be overlooked. Thank you to everyone one that supported us on one, two or all three days. We hope that we made you feel welcome. Last but not least thank you to all of our sponsors. Your generosity has been truly amazing.
- Jerry Weller – SeptemberFest 2019 Co-Chair
We were blessed with beautiful weather to celebrate the Exaltation of the Cross, our parish feast, and welcome hundreds of neighbors, parishioners, friends and family members. Congratulations to all of the winners of raffle drawings, theme baskets, silent auction items and more! (If you have not yet claimed your winnings, you can do so at the parish office.) I add my own word of gratitude for our visitors, our volunteers, our parish staff, our donors and sponsors. The vibrancy of our parish was on full display throughout the weekend and the presence of our parishioners in this neighborhood was evidenced by the many yard signs proudly displayed throughout Northeast and beyond!