How does someone become a Saint? The process has varied over the last 2,000 year, but here is a short description. For the first millennium of the Church’s life, there was no centralized canonization process. The local Church recognized as saints, holy women and men whose life and death demonstrated great virtue.
The term “Servant of God” now describes someone at the start of the entire canonization process, which begins in the local diocese and eventually moves to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. A person whose life and writings have been formally investigated and found worthy of emulation can be declared “Venerable.” For others, after a miracle has been investigated and accepted by a separate committees of doctors, theologians, and cardinals, the person is approved for “beatification.” At this point, the person is referred to as “Blessed.” Martyrs do not need a miracle for beatification. The final step for canonization is the verification of two inexplicable miracles attributed to that holy person’s intercession, both of which undergo intense scrutiny, oftentimes by non-Catholic doctors. The final decision remains with the Pope who can then declare the person “a saint.”
Hospitality is not a gene that is handed down from one generation to another as though some people possess the trait and others do not. Each of us does Hospitality our own way, but it is a virtue we can practice and develop. Philozenia is the Greek word for hospitality and its root combines two words, “philo,” meaning love and “zenos,” meaning stranger. The bottom line is that God uses people like us to touch other people. Break out of your established friendships here at SDS and extend yourself to someone you do not know as well. All of us, the whole worshipping community of St. Dominic Savio, are ministers of hospitality.
Most of us are familiar with having Mass intentions offered for a departed loved one. I encourage the practice because there isn’t anything you can do for a family member or friend that is more valuable than having the holy sacrifice of the Mass offered on their behalf. We have a whole section of the bulletin dedicated for this purpose. Many parishes I have been affiliated with also have what is called Parish Purgatorial Society and I want to offer that option at our parish, too. Parish members enroll their faithful departed, friends and family, in the parish purgatorial society, and those names are placed on the altar when the Masses are offered in November. An envelope for this purpose should be included in your October packet. The typical offering is $5.00 and you simply write the names of the people you want remembered on the envelope.
Last week, I mentioned the St. Dominic Savio parish fund-raisers. This week I want to let you know that Holy Cross Academy conducts three fund-raisers a year in support of mission. First, our school children sell Christmas wrapping paper in the Fall. Second, we have a Gala (fancy dinner) in November. Third, a general appeal is made by letter to the parishioners in all five cooperating parishes for any charitable donations they might want to make to our Academy.
Robin Lukasek, our office administrator, works full-time, 40+ hours a week. The office is closed on Mondays and Fridays so that she can get work completed uninterrupted since the downsizing of the office this past May. We are open to the public Tuesday through Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm to take care of the various needs of the parishioners. Of course, if there is an emergency, leave a message and the appropriate person will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us
Fr. Paul J. Rothschild