On behalf of the entire parish of St. Dominic Savio, I want to congratulate Mrs. Rose Murphy who, this Sunday, is receiving the Catholic Women of Achievement Award from Archbishop Carlson at a ceremony in St. Joseph’s Church, Manchester, MO, at 3:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the award ceremony.
This prestigious award is given each year to Catholic women throughout the Archdiocese who embody the gospel values taught to us by Jesus and handed down through the ages by the Church. The particular award will recognize Rose for her outstanding contribution to our parish and her care for the Health of the Sick. Rose understands that the healing of the body, soul, and spirit are interconnected. Rose is being recognized by Archbishop Carlson because of her compassion and love for the sick and elderly and her tireless efforts to keep our beloved senior parishioners who cannot attend Sunday Mass connected to the parish. The saint chosen as the model of this award is St. Hildegard of Bingen. Congratulations, Rose.
We are happy to receive Mass Intentions for your departed loved ones at the rectory. It is a time-honored and salutary practice to have Masses offered for family members and friends who have died. The customary offering is $5.00 per Mass, although Masses are offered upon request, whether or not a person is able to make the offering. Masses are offered for the repose of the souls of the departed loved one and the forgiveness of their sins.
Perhaps the decrease in having Masses offered for the departed loved ones is the result of a modern misconception, namely, that everyone who dies goes immediately to heaven. That has never been the teaching of the Church and there isn’t any evidence for such a notion in the Bible. Only Jesus and Mary died without sin or its residual effects. So, I encourage you to have Masses offered for your departed loved ones. Robin and Michelle do their best to schedule the dates and times that are of particular interest to you and your family (for example, birthdates and anniversary dates), although it is not always possible.
After some discussion with Deacon John and Maureen Wikete and Pat Simon who have led the monthly (First Friday) Adoration period in our parish, we have decided to enter into a cooperative relationship with the Perpetual Adoration chapel at St. George. St. George’s chapel of adoration, connected to the rectory with its own dedicated outside entrance, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months of the year. We want to encourage everyone at St. Dominic Savio to consider making a visit or taking an hour in the St. George adoration chapel. Some people at St. George form teams of two or three other people. These groups commit to covering one of the hours each week, but since it is divided between three or four people, someone is always available. The last time we will have Adoration on First Friday of Adoration at St. Dominic Savio will be on Friday, September 1. Thank you for your love and support of Adoration of our Lord.
Many of you participate in our parish’s online giving program. Your generous giving is appreciated by so many and helps our parish carry on the work Jesus gave us. To help us maintain and grow this mission, our parish is in the process of transitioning from ParishPay to WeShare, a new online giving tool. WeShare makes it easier than ever for you to manage your online contributions and will save our parish time and money.
To make this transition as seamless as possible for those of you who participate in the online giving program and to ensure our records are up-to-date, we need a few minutes of your time. Please visit our parish website, click the ParishPay link, and log into your online giving account. Review your contact information, address, payment method, and current giving for accuracy. Make any necessary changes and that’s it. If you run into any issues accessing your account, please contact Customer Service 1-800-950-9952, select Option One.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us!
Fr. Paul J. Rothschild