Dear friends in Christ,
This weekend we welcome in a special way the Reverend Antonio Koffi, a member of the Missionaries of Africa, commonly known as the White Fathers, from the white cassock and mantle they wear. Their focus is on evangelization and education, mostly to those who live on the continent of Africa. Father Antonio will be with us this weekend and will be preaching at all the Masses. We are grateful for his commitment to the Gospel and look forward to his being with us.
You may have recently noticed that a roofing company was here for a few days on the top of the roof of the church. They were here replacing sixty slate tiles. Since that time I am happy to report that after the recent rain showers there has not been any water leaking inside the church.
This week there are several liturgical feast days which the Church celebrates. One of these is the feast day of Saint John Vianney, also known as the Curé of Ars. When he was assigned to the village of Ars-sur-Formans in the year 1818, he found that the practice of the faith had diminished, in part as a result of effects of the French Revolution. Nonetheless, because of his fidelity to prayer, his reverence forthe Holy Eucharist, and his untiring commitment to the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance, people began to return to faith in Christ, so much so that the Curé’s reputation spread throughout the region and beyond. He was known as a man of great holiness: he was committed to Christ and he extended to others God’s mercy and compassion.
May the Curé of Ars be for us all an example of how we too are called to put our faith in Christ and commit ourselves to sharing with others His love for us all.