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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

   Sorry that there was no pastor’s letter last week. It completely slipped my mind come Wednesday, the deadline, to write one. I guess these things are going to happen now and then, now that I am 60!

This Sunday, too, I am missing in action. I am in Rome these days. On Thursday, Daniel Eusterman, an Our Lady of Loreto parishioner, was ordained a deacon. He had asked me, having been his pastor for 18 years, to vest him; it was a great honor for me to do so. (The ordination took place at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica.) I will be back at Notre Dame on Tuesday. Until then, know I prayed for you at St. Peter’s tomb even as I know of your prayers for me and an increase of vocations to priesthood, marriage, diaconate, and the religious life.

On another note—come January I will reconstitute our parish pastoral council. A parish pastoral council is required by Archbishop Aquila in every parish in the Archdiocese of Denver. But even if it were not required I would certainly have one. I have found the parish pastoral council to be one of my most valuable partners in ministry. The parish pastoral council is a sort of “best friend” of the pastor. It is the small Christian community with whom I pray, study the Scriptures, and engage regarding the vision, ministry, and social reality of the parish. Concretely, the church asks me to prepare my homilies with those to whom I preach; the council represents the parish in this regard. The church asks me to read what it calls the “signs of the times” so as to know where the Holy Spirit is calling us to proclaim Christ and to serve; the council helps me to clarity of vision. The church asks me to plan and strategize that our mission be realized and advanced; the parish pastoral council counsels me to this end.

Our parish pastoral council will meet on the second Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m. until noon, starting in January. It will be made up of approximately 15 persons, some of whom I will select having been previously nominated by staff department heads as representative of their ministry; persons selected from at-large applications; and persons whom I invite to serve on the council so as to ensure it is truly representational of the parish. Terms of office are staggered for one, two, or three years.

I invite every Notre Dame parishioner who is fully initiated, that is, baptized, confirmed, and who has made first Holy Communion to consider being a member of the council. Interest/application forms are found in the church vestibules and on our web site: ww.denvernotredame.org. (Click on the What’s Happening page to find the form.) Complete the form and either make a PDF copy and email it to me, fax it, or drop it off at the rectory or in the offertory baskets at church by the end of October, the deadline for applications.    

Arrivderci la Dominica prossima. Ciao.

                                                   Father Ed                                                

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October 2, 2016

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 141

Reading 1 Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4

How long, O LORD? I cry for help
but you do not listen!
I cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not intervene.
Why do you let me see ruin;
why must I look at misery?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and clamorous discord.
Then the LORD answered me and said:
Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets,
so that one can read it readily.
For the vision still has its time,
presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
if it delays, wait for it,
it will surely come, it will not be late.
The rash one has no integrity;
but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.

 

Reading 2 2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14

Beloved:
I remind you, to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.Take as your norm the sound words that you heard from me,
in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit
that dwells within us.

 

GOSPEL

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied,
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded,
say, ‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.’”

 

 

October 9, 2016

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 144

Reading 1 2 Kgs 5:14-17

Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times
at the word of Elisha, the man of God.
His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child,
and he was clean of his leprosy.Naaman returned with his whole retinue to the man of God.
On his arrival he stood before Elisha and said,
“Now I know that there is no God in all the earth,
except in Israel.
Please accept a gift from your servant.”Elisha replied, “As the LORD lives whom I serve, I will not take it;”
and despite Naaman's urging, he still refused.
Naaman said: “If you will not accept,
please let me, your servant, have two mule-loads of earth,
for I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice
to any other god except to the LORD.”

 

Reading 2 2 Tm 2:8-13

Beloved:
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David:
such is my gospel, for which I am suffering,
even to the point of chains, like a criminal.
But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen,
so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,
together with eternal glory.
This saying is trustworthy:
If we have died with him
we shall also live with him;
if we persevere
we shall also reign with him.
But if we deny him
he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny himself.

 

GOSPEL

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekday  Saturday  Sunday Reconcilliation
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