HFH Jonestown, Preparing Guidebook, Fr. Lydon, & the Supreme Court

//HFH Jonestown, Preparing Guidebook, Fr. Lydon, & the Supreme Court

HFH Jonestown, Preparing Guidebook, Fr. Lydon, & the Supreme Court

Dear Parishioners,

I want to thank Deacon Jim Murphy, John Paino, Rob Hudler and Natalie Pistone for leading the Habitat for Humanity trip to Jonestown, Mississippi this year. From what I’ve been told, each trip has its own unique flavor and that develops according to the personalities of the people who go and the events that happen along the way. Apparently, Jonestown is a great location to be of assistance and the people associated with Habitat are great to work with (especially Carl). I want to thank Grace Albes, Tom Bakersmith, Curtis Dawkins, Justin Federspiel, Ryan Meyer, and Emily Wildhaber for sharing their reflections with us during the Mass last week. You give us hope.

We are in the process of preparing the parish “Guidebook” or Buzz Book for publication. If you have changed your phone number or email address, etc., please contact Tory Welling in the rectory office (314-353-7629 x10) so
that we have the most up-to-date information.

Let no one doubt the great appreciation I have for Fr. Lydon. He was placed here nine years ago and is fond of reporting that he has outlasted two pastors already. Besides being classmates and friends, he is great to live
with and an excellent priest and preacher. While maintaining all of his responsibilities at Du Bourg High School, he gives generously of his time and talent here at the parish. For example, his preference to take two Sunday Masses every Sunday is a great gift of his time. As I have mentioned in previous columns, the Archdiocese is having increasing difficulties filling the vacancies caused by pastors who retire or pass on to eternal life. Since the annual June transfers, I am aware of three parishes that have opened up and are in need of pastors, parishes much larger than ours: St. Robert’s in St. Charles, St. Ambrose on the Hill and the Cathedral Basilica. Please continue to pray for vocations and realize that if/when Fr. Lydon is transferred in the future, he will not be replaced. This will require an adjustment for all of us at SDS.

If you know anyone who is unbaptized or a member of another Christian faith and might be interested in becoming Catholic, please let me know. We are in the process of beginning our RCIA program and are looking for candidates. The RCIA program begins in August and continues to the end of the Easter season in May of 2016.

The bids are in! We expect that renovations on the Huhn Center will begin this week or next. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Some were surprised and many Catholics were disheartened by the recent Supreme Court decision granting legal status to same-sex marriages. This was a predictable outcome, the seeds for which were planted decades ago as our once Christian culture gradually fell into decay. In my homily last Sunday, I suggested that the legalization of abortion in our country was a real watershed moment and continues to affect us today. When we cannot agree to protect the most innocent and the most vulnerable among us, no other value by which we live is immutable. Second, the Church has constantly taught that sexual activity belongs in marriage and the married couple most be open to both the unitive and the procreative principle in each act of love. With the widespread rejection of the Church’s perennial teaching on contraception, people find it perfectly legitimate to engage in sexual activity without the possibility of procreation. This is one of the factors that created the possibility of “marriage” between same-sex couples. So that you are not surprised, one of the things that is going to happen in the not too distant future is this. The government is going to take away the power to marry civilly from those churches that do not perform same-sex marriages, because it will be deemed “discriminatory”. Catholic couples will need to be marriage by a overnment
official and then, if they so desire, be married sacramentally in the Church.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,

Fr. Paul Rothschild