When I lived in Wichita a retired priest would always ask me, “Have you been home lately to see your family?” I would go home and see my family around once a month. He would get after me and tell me to spend time with them. This past Sunday I decided to go home. A couple of my brothers came out to my parent’s house and we played a few board games. On Monday, I went into town to spend time with my grandma. We went to the cemetery to pray for my grandpa and cousin. The trip home was good and restful.
The forth commandment is to honor our mother and father. At times in the confessional, children will confess this sin if they do not obey their parents. Obeying is only part of honoring them. Do we as adults honor our parents by calling them or better yet visiting them on a regular basis? Do we pray for them? Are we making sure they are being taken care of physically, mentally and most importantly spiritually? If they cannot drive do we take them to where they need to go, including Sunday Mass? If they are not able to go to Mass does their parish priest know so someone can come to take care of them spiritually? If our parents have passed away do we try to visit them in the cemetery making sure their graves are kept up, bringing our children to see them. Continue to pray and honor your parents spending time with them whether they are here or have passed away.
The first reading today is FULL of synonyms for “following”: observe, join, minister, love, serve, and hold to, to name a few. Following someone means more than to trail along behind them. When we truly follow someone, we join ourselves to that being. We love them, we serve them, and we hold to all they stand for. We become like them in every possible way. Chances are, there is someone (or some thing) in your life that you follow this closely. Is it Jesus Christ? It was for the Canaanite woman in today’s gospel, who followed Jesus and kept badgering Him to drive the demon out of her daughter. Jesus tested her faith, but she did not falter. She knew Jesus and what He was capable of. She was a follower of Him. Are you?
Take time to study this year’s stewardship poster in your parish church. It incorporates both old, new and consistent message: that message is of being called by Jesus to “Come and Follow me…”. The poster unites a modern silhouette of a young man on his telephone, and familiar silhouette of Saint Peter with his fishing net. One has chosen to follow Jesus, the other is in the midst of distraction and decision.
During the past few weeks, there has been quite a bit of excitement and talk about the solar eclipse taking place on Monday. People are talking about how rare of an experience this is and health experts are talking about how to properly look at the sun so one does not permanently damage their eyes.
To be honest, I think it is neat that we are able to witness this event. In an amazing event like this, we call to mind all God has made and done. He made all of these things and put them into motion. May we take the time to thank the Lord for all He has done for us.
Prints were distributed to the PSR classes and the gallery of images can be viewed by clicking on the photo above. Images may be downloaded and if anyone needs additional prints please make a note of the image number and contact Mary Partin.
Please be aware that Mass times have changed. Check the Bulletin each week for any last minute changes – or check the calendar provided on the Calendar tab.
Our Cherokee County Parishes now have a new pastor.
Fr. Jeremy Huser is originally from Sacred Heart Parish in Fredonia, Kansas. He is a graduate of Fredonia High School (’98), Independence Community College (’00), and Kansas State University (’03). After college Fr. Jeremy worked a couple of years before entering the seminary. After college, he worked in Monte Vista, Colorado as a crop consultant but after eight months he moved back to Fredonia to help his father on the farm and worked in town doing drafting for a small company. Fr. Jeremy entered Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland in January of 2006. It was there that he completed his Pre-Theology and Theology studies during his 5 1/2 years of formation. Fr. Jeremy was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 2011 by Bishop Michael O. Jackels.