month of November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory, whose feast
is celebrated on November 2nd. With the exception of the last Sunday,
November falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time and
is represented by the liturgical color green. The last Sunday, which
marks the beginning of the Advent season, the liturgical color changes
to purple, representing a time of penance.
During November, as
in all of Ordinary Time, the Liturgy signifies and expresses the
regenerated life from the coming of the Holy Spirit, which is to be
spent on the model of Christ's Life and under the direction of His
Spirit. As we come to the end of the Church year, we are asked to
consider the end times, our own as well as the world's. The culmination
of the liturgical year is the Feast of Christ the King.
Our Lord Jesus,
Christ the King
The Lord sits as King for ever. The Lord sits as King for ever. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
is the fulfillment of biblical kingship. He is the king par excellence
who fulfills completely the duties and responsibilities of the king.
But there is the twist provided by today’s Gospel: the duties are not
those of Jesus alone. All who are baptized in his name, who have been
anointed as members of the priestly, prophetic, and royal people of
God, have the same responsibilities as the king. We are to feed the
hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and welcome the stranger. All ofthe royal duties are also ours. This Thanksgiving let those of us who have much and those those
who have little gather at the welcoming
table of the Lord. At this blessed feast, may rich and poor alike remember that we are called to serve one another and to walk together in God's gracious world. With thankful hearts we praise our God who like a loving parent denies us no good thing.
The Parish Offices will be closed on
Thursday, November 26th & Friday, November 27th.
A very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!