26th Week in Ordinary Time
“A friend loves at all times.”
✙ 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
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 29th - Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael
Angels—messengers from God—appear frequently in Scripture, but only Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are named. Each of these archangels performs a different mission in Scripture: Michael protects. He is the one who fought against Satan; Gabriel announces. He announced to Zachariah the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist, and to Mary, the birth of Jesus. His greeting to the Virgin, "Hail, full of grace," is one of the most familiar and frequent prayers of the Christian people; Raphael guides who took care of Tobias on his journey.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that, "The existence of the spiritual, non-physical beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls "angels" is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition." Angels are pure, created spirits. The name angel means servant or messenger of God. Angels are celestial or heavenly beings, on a higher order than human beings. Angels have no bodies and do not depend on matter for their existence or activity. They have never been in human form. They are distinct from saints, which human beings can become. Angels have intellect and will, and are immortal. They are a vast multitude, but each is an individual ‘person.’
Michael the Archangel as one of the greatest of the archangels. He is the guardian of the Church, as well as the patron saint of police officers, grocers, mariners, and paratroopers.
October 1 - World Vegetarian Day
Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat - red meat, poultry, seafood and the flesh of any other animal; it may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter. Vegetarianism can be adopted for different reasons. Many object to eating meat out of respect for sentient life. World Vegetarian Day is a day of celebration established by the
North American Vegetarian Society
in 1977 and endorsed by the
International Vegetarian Union
in 1978, "To promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of
." It brings awareness to the
benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.
Besides the health a benefit, the choice to avoid meat has great environmental benefits in the long run. Our ecosystems will be preserved and greenhouse gases will decrease. Focusing on crops as our source of food will also help to feed more of the hungry people in the world since vast amounts of acreage are needed to graze animals for a small output of meat. Planting an equal amount of land with legumes could provide proteins enough to impact world hunger. Everyone is challenged to try to go ‘meatless’ on this day.
✙ October 2 – Feast of the Guardian Angels
Angels are servants and messengers from God. "Angel" in Greek means messenger. In unseen ways the angels help us on our earthly pilgrimage We should invoke the help of our Guardian Angels daily. “From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and protection. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.” (CCC #336)
The idea that each soul has assigned to it a personal guardian angel has been long accepted by the Church and is a truth of our faith. The Guardian Angel Prayer is an excellent prayer. It is as follows:
Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to Whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
✙October 4th - Saint Francis of Assisi - Patron saint of animals and ecology
Francis was born in Assisi, Italy in 1182. He grew up leading a privileged life as the son of a wealthy cloth merchant. About the age of nineteen Francis went to battle against the nearby town of Perugia. Francis was captured and taken prisoner. He was held prisoner in a dungeon for a year before his father paid the ransom and he was set free. Over the next few years Francis began to see visions from God that changed his life. Francis gave all his money to the church. His father became very angry with him. Francis then left his father's home and took a vow of poverty.
As Francis lived his life of poverty and preached to people about the life of Jesus Christ, people began to follow him. By 1209, he had around 11 followers. He had one basic rule which was "To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps". Eventually he and his followers traveled to Rome to get the approval for their religious Order from the pope. At first the pope was reluctant. These men were dirty, poor, and smelled bad. However, eventually he understood their vow of poverty and blessed the Order. Today these are the priests we know as the Franciscans.
Francis was known for his love of nature and animals. There are many stories about Saint Francis and his preaching to animals. It is said that one day he was talking to some birds when they began to sing together. Then they flew into the sky and formed the sign of a cross. It was also said that Francis could tame wild animals.
Blessing of the Animals – a tradition in many Catholic Churches held on October 4th in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. People are invited to bring their pets to church on that day for a special ceremony of blessing. It is a celebration of the bond of all creation in its many forms.