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The Reverend Roland C. Cloutier Welcomes You to All Saints Catholic Church
All Saints Parish in Somersville, Connecticut is committed as a faith-filled community to meet the spiritual and temporal needs of those we encounter in all ministries of our faith. Through prayer, sacramental life and works of charity, in love and obedience to God, the Lord of all life. All Saints stands ready to proclaim the Good News in word, sacrament, and service to all.
All Saints Church is yoked with St. Edward Church in Stafford Springs, CT. Click here to link to the Saint Edward website.
If you know of anyone who is hospitalized or homebound and would like to receive the Eucharist, please contact the rectory office.
TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
The readings for today warn us against an arrogance that blinds us to our sin and to the work of God in our lives. Jesus wants an authentic change of heart; He wants a metanoia. We must ask ourselves: Am I ready to open my heart to the deep message Jesus brings me? Am I ready to give control of my life into his hands, under his authority?
The readings today should also prompt us to seek the Sacrament of Reconciliation. God the Father wants to extend mercy to his children. One way God invites us to spiritual healing is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He invites, encourages, assists, and persists in drawing us in, but ultimately the choice is ours.
On Praying for Peace
The news we hear each day on our televisions or read in our newspapers is not very uplifting or encouraging. I find myself not wanting at times to watch the news but rather read a book or do work at my desk. To hear that there is a group of people in this day and age who would behead people and put the video on the news to show how brutal they are simply bewilders me.
What I find even more amazing is that these videos are used as recruiting tools by this ISIS (or ISIL) group and that MANY young men from all over the world are drawn to them. They have young men from all over western Europe and from the United States who have joined them after seeing the violence they espouse and actually carry out. They have gone into some villages and drag out hundreds of young men and shot them all because they did not adhere to the brand of Islam that they espouse.
These call themselves “Sunni” Muslims but they are willing to kill other Sunni Muslims if they are not as rigorist in their “faith” as they believe themselves to be. They have killed Sunni clergy because they would not bow to the self proclaimed head of the new “Caliphate” of the Muslim world. I have heard of large egos but this man really believes that every Muslim in the world must now bow to his will. In the modern age, Hitler is probably the closest example I can think of.
How do we, as Christians, battle such depravity and disrespect for human life? This question was asked many decades ago when Communism came to the fore and many were killed because they would not submit to its tyranny. The answer of the Church was: PRAYER.
It took over sixty (60) years to bring a new revolution to the Russian people and the countries over which it held sway. But it did happen. And our prayers were answered. In the light of what we are experiencing today we take on this new challenge as we did with the old with the only weapon the Church has which is PRAYER.
A coalition of Catholic and Christian organizations has called for an “International Week of Prayer and Fasting” under the title of “Many Cultures, one Faith” Though this ‘week’ of prayer officially took place this past week, any of us can join in this effort by giving ourselves to its objectives in our own way.
A note from Bishop Cote reads: “All citizens of the world are urged to participate by attending daily Mass, Church services, holy hours, receiving the Sacrament of Penance, praying the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, fasting, and reading and meditation on Sacred Scripture. The goal of this campaign is to pray and fast for the conversion of all nations in order to build a culture of life and to promote peace in the world.”
ALSO, a most useful penance is accepting the joys and sorrows of each day and giving them to Jesus with our Morning Offering. A simple yet powerful prayer is the Rosary. If you are in the habit of praying the Rosary, please unite your prayer to Jesus through Mary for the salvation of souls. If you do not yet have the Rosary habit, accept the challenge of praying one decade of the Rosary each day.
Try the: DECADE – A – DAY CHALLENGE By the end of the week (or every five days) you will have completed a Rosary for peace and reconciliation in our world. This decade can be done when you awake, while you brush your teeth and get dressed, on your way to work, during your lunch break, or at any other convenient time of the day. One decade of the Rosary takes about three minutes. Not much time to give to world peace.
A ROCK IN YOUR POCKET OR PURSE Sometimes we forget things and we need reminders. Thus the popularity of post-it-notes. To remember to pray we might at times need a reminder. It has been suggested that putting a small rock in your pocket is like a “post-it-note substitute.” Every time you reach in your pocket for you keys or change you will encounter that rock and be reminded of why you carry it around: to remind you to say a prayer for peace in our world.
Pope Saint John Paul II, in Evangelium Vitae, says: “Jesus Himself has shown us by His own example that prayer and fasting are the first and most effective weapons against the forces of evil.”
As it has been said, “ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING.”
~ Fr. Roland ~
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