24th Week in Ordinary Time
We are still in what is called
Although it may sound anything but special it is truly a reminder of what we need most: a regular and calm pace to life instead of hectic hurrying and pressure. As noted by Father Ron Rolheiser, “there is much literature that speak of the difficulties of being attentive to the present moment and so we miss the moments offered by every hour. “ The sunrise can take our breath away if we let it in. The comfort of the chair as we sit in it. The blessing of another day of things yet to be discovered. Actually it is hard to be in ‘ordinary time’ and do it well. Don’t let the name fool you!
“His blessing covers the dry land like a river, and drenches it like a flood.”
✙ Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be remembered in our prayers:
Carol Murray –
for comfort and recovery from her injuries
- urgent prayers requested for employment and a financial blessing
Family of Gifty Hevi
- sister-in-law of Vivian Codjoe – Associate Director at Wallace House, and for her family as they grieve her passing.
Family of Mary Ellen Hockenburg
- during this time of terrible loss
Burt Foley –
For his recovery from heart surgery
Patrick Powis –
Father of Art Powis
for comfort, strength and courage as he faces his illness
Karen Tofilski –
For continued healing and a return home.
John Nick, Jr.
- for healing and strength in his suffering.
Family of Mark Meeks –
nephew of Sister Joan. May God be with them in a special way during this time of loss.
- a young man of 23 whose lungs are not in good condition, may God draw him near as his final hours approach and for comfort for his loving family.
Rosa Bascietto –
Mother of Joanne Rossi. That the love and respect of her family helps to sustain her and bring her joy.
– Son of volunteer Barbara Mahler, may God watch over him during his illness
– Long time art teacher/volunteer for return to health
Great grandmother of Ashley Hidalgo. May God ease any pain and comfort her in knowing that she
has lived a good and productive life.
Mr. Adapla –
Brother of volunteer Vimala for peace and courage during his illness
Roberta Levinson –
for patience and endurance as she helps her parents during this stressful time.
, mother of Lourdes Torres. May God in His good time, restore her to health.
and their son
who is 8 years old and has a brain bleed.
for continued healing.
Sister of Julie Tatti for strength in suffering and improvement in health
– Niece of Sister Joan.
, longtime dedicated volunteer in “People Need Friends” for continued recovery to health.
Frank Pinter -
for strength in suffering.
Benefactors and friends of the DPD
Ann Lambro –
Mother of Father Ed Lambro
Father Patrick Rice –
Pastor of St. Kateri, Sparta
- Father and great friend to the DPD
Mary Ellen Hockenburg
– Dedicated and loving staff in the DPD family
- Sister-in-law of Vivian Codjoe
September 14 – Exaltation of the Holy Cross
The one symbol most often identified with Jesus and his Church is the cross. Today we celebrate the feast of the Triumph of the Cross. The cross is a sign of suffering, a sign of human cruelty at its worst. But by Christ’s it has become the sign of triumph and victory, the sign of God, who is love itself. Believers have always looked to the cross in times of suffering. People in concentration camps, in prisons, in hospitals, in any place of suffering and loneliness, have been known to draw, trace, or form crosses and focus their eyes and hearts on them. The cross does not explain pain and misery. It does not give us any easy answers. But it does help us to see our lives united with Christ’s.
We often make the Sign of the Cross over ourselves. We make it before prayer to help fix our minds and hearts on God. We make it after prayer, hoping to stay close to God. In trials and temptations, the cross is a sign of strength and protection. The cross is the sign of the fullness of life that is ours. It reminds us that we bring our whole selves to God—our minds, souls, bodies, wills, thoughts, hearts—everything we are and will become.
September 14 - Rosh Hashanah
- The first of the Jewish High Holy Days that were listed in the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament, Rosh Hashanah, commonly called the Jewish New Year, is a joyous time of celebration and at the same time a season of reflection and solemnity. The blast of the shofar (ram's horn) calls people to humble oneself and recognize the need for God's grace. It is customary to sound 100 shofar blasts on each day of the Rosh Hashanah synagogue services
Jewish tradition holds that the 10 days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur are the “Days of Awe.” It is believed that God reviews the books of judgment on Rosh Hashanah and delivers final judgment on Yom Kippur. These 10 days are considered the last chance for a person to repent before God’s judgment falls, possibly resulting in the death of the disobedient in the coming year. It is believed that three books are opened and every person’s name is entered into one of the books: The Book of Life for the
, the Book of Life for the
or the Book of Life for the
In the Catholic tradition we have the sacrament of Penance (confession) for the forgiveness of sins. In the Jewish tradition the belief is that God cannot forgive you for wrongs committed against another, only the person you have wronged has the power to forgive you. The 10 days of Awe are used to go to the various people you need to apologize to or seek forgiveness from before God closes the ‘books’ for the year.
– Our Lady of Sorrows
On this day we remember and reflect on Mary's sorrows, especially as she saw Jesus die on the cross. All mothers can imagine her horror and heartbreak as she helplessly watched the suffering of her son. Mary was a sorrowful yet powerful figure at the cross. She stood fearlessly while others fled. Mary looked on her Son's wounds with pity, but saw in them the salvation of the world. As Jesus hung on the cross, Mary did not fear to be killed but offered herself to her persecutors. There are many novena prayers available to ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’ which are especially comforting to people during times of dealing with their own loss or worry about loved ones.