25th Week in Ordinary Time
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
You can hear Robert’s speech on our Facebook page:
✙ 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
- For strength and comfort as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer
- 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.
- 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.
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 21– Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Matthew was a tax collector in the town of Capernaum. Most tax collectors were hated by the Jews because they worked for the Romans, who had conquered the land. A tax collector could use his position honestly or dishonestly. The temptation to use the position to become rich was great. Yet Jesus chose a tax collector to follow him, to learn from him, and to go out and spread the Good News to others. The call from Jesus was more powerful than the call of wealth. Matthew left his work as tax collector to follow him.
What we know about Matthew is from the Scriptures. He preached the Good News of Christ, and at least part of the Gospel attributed to him was first written for the Jewish converts in Palestine. He was a man who knew quite well the power of money. He knew the comfort it could ensure, the recreation it could buy, the luxury it could provide. But he was wise enough to know what it could not do. Money could never give him that sense of peace deep inside. It could never befriend him when he was lonely or give him the strength and courage to go on when all else seemed lost. Money could never buy him forgiveness or love. But the love of Christ could do all this and more.
– Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, 1887-1968
Perhaps we should not be surprised that God acts dramatically to get our attention when we lose sight of spiritual realities. God sent Padre Pio to us as a light to challenge the darkness of the mid-twentieth century and to offer hope to a world racked by depression and war. From his childhood, it was evident that he was a special child of God. He was very devout even as a child, and at an early age felt drawn to the priesthood.
Padre Pio led a life full of holiness and many miracles. Once such miracle occurred on September 20, 1918, Padre Pio was kneeling in front of a large crucifix when he received the visible marks of the crucifixion on his body called the stigmata. The doctor who examined Padre Pio could not find any natural cause for the wounds. Upon his death in 1968, the wounds were no longer visible. In fact, there was no scaring and the skin was completely renewed. Padre Pio also had the ability to read the hearts of the penitents who flocked to him for confession which he heard for ten or twelve hours per day. He used the confessional to bring both sinners and devout souls closer to God; he would know just the right word of counsel or encouragement that was needed. He was canonized a saint in June 2002.
?? Miracles - It is defined Catholic doctrine that miracles can happen and can be recognized—hardly a mind-boggling statement to anyone who believes in God. Problems arise, however, when we must decide whether an occurrence is unexplainable in natural terms, or only unexplained. We do well to avoid an excessive credulity, which may be a sign of insecurity. On the other hand, when even scientists speak about "probabilities" rather than "laws" of nature, it is something less than imaginative for Christians to think that God is too "scientific" to work extraordinary miracles to wake us up to the everyday miracles of sparrows and dandelions, raindrops and snowflakes. (American Catholic.org)
Sept. 23 - Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement
Yom Kippur is considered to be the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. The name “Yom Kippur” literally means “Day of Atonement,” and it is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year. The purpose of Yom Kippur is to bring about reconciliation between people and between individuals and God. According to Jewish tradition, it is also the day when God decides the fate of each human being. This day is, essentially, your last appeal, your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate your repentance and make amends. Although the Holy Day atones only for sins between man and God, there’s a way to atone for sins against another person: You must seek reconciliation with them before Yom Kippur concludes and make amends.
Sept. 23 – Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha commemorates Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice everything for God, including his son, Ismael. God became impressed with Abraham's sincerity, and gave him a ram to sacrifice instead. For that reason, Muslims who can afford to do so also sacrifice an animal on any one of the three days of Eid al Adha. A third of the meat is kept, a third is shared with family members, and a third is given away to needy people. It is a time of sacrifice for Muslims. It begins on the 10th of the month and lasts for three days. This is the second main annual festival in Islam.
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