God’s love is for everyone—and it’s dangerous to think otherwise, Pope says
Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2015
(CNA/EWTN News).- At the final Mass closing out the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis warned against narrowing God’s love and works to only a certain group of people.
“To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, to give the impression that it cannot take place in those who are not ‘part of the group’, who are not ‘like us’, is a dangerous temptation,” the Holy Father said Sept. 27. “Not only does it block conversion to the faith; it is a perversion of the faith!”
“Would that we could all be prophets!” he said, “Would that all of us could be open to miracles of love for the sake of all the families of the world, and thus overcome the scandal of a narrow, petty love, closed in on itself, impatient of others.”
“But the temptation to be scandalized by the freedom of God, who sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous alike, by passing bureaucracy, officialdom and inner circles, threatens the authenticity of faith.”
The Holy Father praised all the families who came to the meeting calling it “something prophetic, a kind of miracle in today’s world.”
Family life is so important because it is full of “little gestures” that make up a vibrant faith life.
Hugs after an absence, a warm meal shared at the end of the day, evening prayers and the like teach us love, which is why we call the family the “true domestic churches.”
Although these small acts of love that are learned in the family often get lost in daily life, they still make a difference in each day.
“Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love.
He said that as seen in today’s readings, “Jesus tells us not to hold back these little miracles.”
“Instead, he wants us to encourage them, to spread them. He asks us to go through life, our everyday life, encouraging all these little signs of love as signs of his own living and active presence in our world.”
In this vein we should ask ourselves, “How are we trying to live this way in our homes, in our societies? What kind of world do we want to leave to our children?”
“Sterile divisions” can no longer be tolerated because we now face an “urgent challenge of protecting our home.”
Therefore, he said, Christians are asking other families of the world for help in spreading love and generosity.
“Anyone who wants to bring into this world a family which teaches children to be excited by every gesture aimed at overcoming evil – a family which shows that the Spirit is alive and at work – will encounter our gratitude and our appreciation,” he said. “Whatever the family, people, region, or religion to which they belong!”
Speaking briefly off the cuff, he said: "I will leave you with a question. In your house do people yell, or do you speak with love or affection or kindness?"
"This is a good way to measure our love."
Save the Date
Thank you Dinner for generosity to the Capital Campaign, October 24th 2015, 6:00 PM
Capital Campaign: Thank you! 122.64 %
Total number of Donors: 114
Parish goal Summary
Parish Goal: $ 378,175.50
Funds Raised: $ 463,777.32
Remaining to Raise: $(85,601.82)
% of goal raised: 122.64%
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GRADES 5 & 6
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St. Margaret Mary CCD/Religious Education Classes for the 2015-2016 Catechetical School Year started ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH.
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OUR LADY OF FATIMA
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children ("The Three Seers") near the town of Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Appearing to the children, the Blessed Virgin told them that She had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child living in our century. Coming at a time when civilization was torn asunder by war and bloody violence, she promised that Heaven would grant peace to the entire world if her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed. "If My requests are granted ... there will be peace" We would like to invite to come to a Mass on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. After the Mass we will pray a rosary in different languages, and we will have procession inside the church.
September is “Invitation to Serve” for new members of St Vincent de Paul nationally
Friends of the Poor Walk/Run
St. Margaret Mary Conference will be part of the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run on Sunday, October 4 from 1- 4 p.m. at Moreau High School. This is our largest fund raiser of the year. It helps pay for the turkeys and other food we give our neighbors during the Holidays. Please help by donating to one of our walkers, or by becoming a walker yourself. Conference members will be outside church after Mass to answer questions and help you sign-up to walk or make a donation. Or to donate online, go to http://www.svdpusa.net/fop/, and select “Donate to a Walker or Team” and type in the name of the walker/team (e.g., Jo Ann Hastings or Team Blur) in the “Find Walker or Team" box, and follow the directions. Your generous support makes it possible for our Conference to ensure that everyone in our neighborhood has food during the Holidays.
SERVE OUR PRIESTS
The monthly Priests’ lunches started on September 18, and will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month through May 2016. If you would like to volunteer to set up, cook, serve or clean-up for our priests’ lunch, please contact Lily Mullen at (925)827-1946 or at email@example.com. You can get a group of friends together and share in the task, or I can arrange for others to work with you. It’s actually very rewarding to serve our priests!
What is the “priests’ lunch”? Once a month, a priest of Opus Dei gives a spiritual talk to the priests present and hears their confessions. Following this time of recollection, volunteers from our parish provide a meatless lunch for the priests in Fr. Kozina Hall. Our priests appreciate our efforts very much to provide them with homemade nourishment!! If you would like to volunteer for a particular month, please contact Lily Mullen to get on the schedule for any of the 3rd Fridays from September through May, 2016.
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION from 2:00p.m. to 3:30p.m. on Tuesdays is cancelled due to reorganization of priestly assignments.
We would like to thank Fr. Torlach Delargy for providing the sacrament of confession on Tuesdays.
We provide the sacrament of confessions:
Daily: half an hour before each Mass,
Friday: 2:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.
Saturday: 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
And by appointment
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We greatly need families and single persons to clean our church.
We need a cleaning team coordinator.
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SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN PROJECT: The Oakland Diocese is dedicated to ensuring a culture that is safe, open, welcoming and protective of all people and especially our children. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth requires that Diocese establish “safe environment” programs. Article 12 of the Charter states: “Diocese/eparchies will establish “safe environment” programs. They will cooperate with parents, civil authorities, educators, and community organizations to provide education and training for children, youth, parents, ministers, educators, and others about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children. Dioceses/eparchies will make clear to clergy and members of the community the standards of conduct for clergy and other persons in positions of trust with regard to sexual abuse.”
The Safe Environment Coordinator is appointed by the pastor/parochial administrator of a parish or principal of a school to assist in ensuring that the Policy is fully implemented. We would like to thank Valerie Burkart for volunteering in this project. Valerie Burkart is the CCD and Altar Servers Coordinator. Please support Valerie in this important project for the safety of our children.
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MISSION SUNDAY OCTOBER 17/18
October is the traditional month of universal mission; the Mission Sunday collection takes place around the world in October each year in every single Church throughout the world, including the poorest, and these donations are used to assist missionaries and to fund a range of pastoral projects in Young Churches.
Pope Francis I announced the theme for World Mission Sunday 2015. The theme for this year’s World Mission Sunday celebration – “ being a missionary is not about proselytizing or mere strategy; mission is part of the “grammar” of faith, something essential for those who listen to the voice of the Spirit who whispers “Come” and “Go forth”." Mission Sunday is about supporting Young Churches and missionaries in meeting the spiritual and material needs of their communities. Mission Sunday is one day of the year which is set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer, through sacrifice and a financial gift. St. Therese of Lisieux, together with St. Francis Xavier, is the patron of missions.
October 22 - St. John Paul - Charles Joseph Wojtyła was born in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. After his ordination to the priesthood and theological studies in Rome, he returned to his homeland and resumed various pastoral and academic tasks. He became first auxiliary bishop and, in 1964, Archbishop of Krakow and took part in the Second Vatican Council. On 16 October 1978 he was elected pope and took the name John Paul II. His exceptional apostolic zeal, particularly for families, young people and the sick, led him to numerous pastoral visits throughout the world. Among the many fruits which he has left as a heritage to the Church are above all his rich Magisterium and the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church and for the Eastern Churches. In Rome on 2 April 2005, the eve of the Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), he departed peacefully in the Lord. He was Beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on May 1, 2011. Three years later he was canonize together with Pope John XXIII on April 27, 2014. During his Beatification Pope Benedict XVI addressed him as Blessed John Paul II - the Great.
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