Mass schedule for St. Rita and St. Stephen Church
November 11, 2018
This weekend as we recover from the recent election, we honor Veterans. While this day originally was set aside to honor Veterans from the First World War, now we honor and remember all Veterans who have been in service of our country in all wars and conficts. We take note of all men and women who have served in every branch and acknowledge what they have done and pay special tribute to those who have died while serving our country. We thank them all for their service.
This is also a time that the church asks us to reach out to those who are in need. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development was started by the Catholic Bishops in the United States in the 1970’s to help those liv•ing below the poverty line with a hand up not a hand out. The programs that are sponsored by this Campaign help people learn, grow and develop in a multitude of ways so that all can be a positive part of our society. The second collection which will be taken up next weekend is in addition to the many wonderful things that you have so generously supported: Thanksgiving baskets, shelter and food pantry outreach. We thank you for your gracious generosity.
The month of November brings us shorter days and longer nights. It is a month to remember loved one who have passed from this earth and a month of thanksgiving. It can lead to very busy days with a hectic schedule. How necessary for us to take the time to look around and appreciate all that we have, all that is given.
May we acknowledge the many gifts coming from our Gracious God, give thanks and share what we have with others.