Friday, September 2, 2022

Soul Health XCIV


Soul Health XCIV

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Abandonment and detachment are recurring themes throughout Scripture; indeed, throughout the Gospels there are numerous times where Jesus tells us they are necessary for us to be true disciples. Additionally, Our Lord doesn’t sugar-coat the hard facts about discipleship:  it’s hard and can even be painful – sometimes to the point where we might question why we’re doing any of this at all. 

And yet, in the process of asking that question, deep in our hearts we already know the answer.  We are not asked to do these things blindly or for reasons unknown, because God’s promises have already been revealed to us and because Jesus has already made it possible for those promises to be fulfilled.

By doing what God asks of us, His people, we have the chance to not only reach our eternal dwelling place in His Kingdom but also the chance to show others the way there.  As we embark upon the process of moving from maintenance to mission, let go of doubt and fear so that your heart has the space to welcome new gifts from the Holy Spirit that will serve the mission.   

Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, September 3-9

Saturday, September 3:  For All Parishioners
Sunday, September 4:  Irene Griffin LaFortune by Huguette Thompson
Tuesday, September 6:  Anniversary of Kenneth Cameron by Bill & Denise 
Thursday, September 8 (The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary):  George & Florence Kasper and Deceased Family Members by Ann Foran  

Alpha is coming to Verdun
Alpha is an 11-week series hosted at St Willibrord Parish starting in September.  It is a safe and welcoming evening where we can explore a different theme each week through a Christian lens and meet you wherever you are in your faith journey.

Alpha is coming to Verdun later this month and will be hosted at St Willibrord's.  St Thomas More parishioners are encouraged to attend and are most welcome to join Alpha this fall.  ***Click here to register*** and learn more at:

Coffee Break Catechesis

  • This One Thing Makes Christianity Different from Every Other Religion
    Readers who are wondering what sets Christianity apart from other religion (or who might even be wrestling with their beliefs about Jesus) will be able to tackle these questions with Fr Mike Schmitz in this week’s video, while parishioners who took Discovery with CCO in June can revisit the Trilemma in this video and take a deeper dive into the radical foundations of our faith.
Beyond Verdun
  • New month, new papal intention!
    Pope Francis' intention for the month of September 2022 is the abolition of the death penalty.
  • Welcome, Bishop-Elect Frank Leo!
    On Monday, September 12, join the celebration and welcome Bishop-Elect Frank Leo to his new role in the Archdiocese as Auxiliary Bishop!  The Episcopal Ordination will take place at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral and will also be livestreamed by Salt & Light Media.

Put Your Faith, Hope, and Love into Action!

Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

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