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31st Sunday Ordinary Sunday -One of the most poignant details in the gospel story of Zacchaeus is the moment his new found joy at welcoming the Lord to his house is possibly jeopardized by the judgmental grumbling of the crowd.  We can imagine his panic, fearing perhaps that when Jesus hears the grumbling he will change his mind. He fervently promises to amend his ways to convince the Lord, not realizing that Jesus Christ reaches out to us because of pure grace.  We cannot earn a visit from Christ,  Yet we can rest assured that he does come to us, even if we are as unworthy as Zacchaeus.  Negative comments will not change God's enduring love for us, a love that reaches out to us even in our darkest lowest moments.

All Souls "Month" - Although All Souls "Day" is November 2, we would like to continue to remember the deceased during the month of November through to Advent.  The readings of these last weeks of the Church's liturgical year focus on the "last things":  life, death and eternal life.  We invite you to bring a small framed picture of a deceased loved one to display on our church window sills during the month of November.  Be sure to put your name on the back and to claim the picture after the Feast of Christ the King.  Also, in addition to those mailed, envelopes are available at the entrances of the church to submit the names of those you would like remembered during the All Souls Novena beginning on November 2

     

   
Peace and all good things!

Fr. JohnFr. John