Fr. Rick’s Pastoral Messages 11-14-21

Intermountain Catholic Newspaper – Remember, October was renewal month.  Please drop your check for $25 in our collection basked basket clearly marked Intermountain Catholic.  Thanks!!

Pray for an End to Abortion – Join Catholics and Protestants across the country coming together online to pray for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case.  This is the case that could overturn Roe v. Wade—the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in all 50 states.  November 18, 2021; 6:00 PM   See – 

Adoration of the Blesses Sacrament – Thursdays from 4 – 5:00 PM.

Prayer for the Synod on Synodality

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;

Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.

All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.                  Amen.

Synod – FROM U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops

The Synod on Synodality is a two-year process of listening and dialogue beginning with a solemn opening in Rome on October 9 and 10, 2021 with each individual diocese and church celebrating the following week on October 17. The synodal process will conclude in 2023.

Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open Herself to mission.

Each parish will have to determine how we might participate in this process and invite others within and without the parish to be included if they desire.  There will be specific themes offered to help us guide whatever discussion might ensue.  Topics include: Dialogue in Church and Society; Ecumenism; Authority and Participation; Discerning and Deciding; and others.  I think that our Open Door Saturdays might serve to accomplish much of our outreach to the wider Kanab community.

Whose KINGDOM is it?  As we approach the end of the liturgical year we are hearing the Scriptures which speak of the ‘end times’.  We are reminded of the best part of the Good News – that Jesus Christ is Lord of Heaven and Earth and the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church until the end of time.  The next couple weeks might be a good time to share this great news with those most close to you whether they are practicing Catholics or not. Do they believe it?  Do you believe it?  What is the most compelling evidence that the power of evil has been overcome by the death and resurrection of Jesus?  Write down some of the responses you receive.  This could be a very good element of our Synodal gatherings.