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Pastor's Letter

Posted on January 06, 2022 in: Parish-wide Announcements

Dear Parishioners:

During this past month, our first reading in our weekly liturgies has come from The Letter to The Hebrews, which speaks about our Sanctity as God’s sons and daughters.  I would just like to share a few thoughts about each of our calls to holiness.

After confessing "the holy catholic Church," the Apostles' Creed adds "the communion of saints." In a certain sense this article is a further explanation of the preceding:  "What is the Church if not the assembly of the saints?"  The communion of saints is the Church.

Since all the faithful form one body, the good of each is communicated to the other.  We must therefore believe that there exists a communion of goods in the Church.  But the most important member is Christ, since he is the head.  Therefore, the riches of Christ are communicated to all the members, through the sacraments.  As this Church is governed by one and the same Spirit, all the goods she has received necessarily become a common fund.

The term "communion of saints" therefore has two closely linked meanings: communion "in holy things (sancta)" and "among holy persons (sancti)."  That is why we need the gift of the Eucharist and to gather in praise and worship, at our Liturgies.

Sancta sanctis! (Gods holy gifts for Gods holy people) is proclaimed by the celebrant in most Eastern liturgies during the elevation of the Holy Gifts before the distribution of communion.  The faithful (sancti) are fed by Christ’s Holy Body and Blood (sancta) to grow in the communion of the Holy Spirit (koinonia) and to communicate it to the world.

The saints are presented to believers as role models whose lives are worthy to be imitated.

Heb 6:12

... so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.

Heb 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us

1 Cor 11:1

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Phil 3:17

Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us.

Saints and likewise we are never the ones to be adored; only God is the focus of our adoration, but saints and many men and women in our lives are a great choir of witness that guides us in our journey of faith to our God.  As we celebrate our Catholic Schools this week and share our faith with our youth, let us prayerfully reflect on our own call to holiness as we all journey in faith.

                                                            God Bless!

                                                            Msgr. John Shamleffer