My Dear Friends in Christ,

Dear People of God,

Thanksgiving Mass

This Thursday, November 22, we will observe the Thanksgiving Holiday with a special Mass at 9:00 AM in the Main
Church. Please join our Parish Family at the Lord’s Table as we give thanks to the Lord from whom all good things
come to us. Invite your family and friends to this Eucharist (which means to give thanks). Please note that the Parish Office will be closed from Tuesday, November 20 (at 4:30 PM) until Monday, November 26 (at 8:30 AM). There will not be Adoration on Wednesday, November 21, and there will be NO Masses or Services on Friday, November 23. Please take this Holiday time to relax and enjoy family and friends.

Solemnity of Jesus Christ

Next weekend—November 24 and 25, we will celebrate the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe at our Masses. This will be the last weekend of our liturgical year; Advent begins on December 1 and 2. Also, next weekend there will be special Advent devotional books for you to take to help you in your spiritual preparation for the Lord’s birth. Church calendars will also be available. We are planning special Advent liturgies for the upcoming season.

Come, Lord Jesus—O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.

St. Patrick School Gift Certificate Poinsettias Sale

Anton’s Greenhouse and Garden Center Gift in Pleasant Prairie offers many festive holiday plants, such as wide variety of colorful poinsettias mantel pieces and decorative boughs and branches. St. Patrick School receives 20% of the funds raised. Gift Certificates may not be used toward purchases of Christmas trees. Gift Certificates must be used by January 31, 2019.

Second World Day of The Poor

This poor cries and the Lord listens to him “This poor cries and the Lord hears him” These are the words of Psalm 34 that frame the Second World Day of the Poor and around which the Message that Pope Francis wanted to offer to the Church can be summarized in three words: shout, respond and free. These are three verbs that identify God's action and reveal his merciful love for man. Poverty does not remain a word, but "it becomes a cry that crosses the heavens and reaches God" (n.2). The Lord, in turn, not only listens to this desperate request for help, but responds by participating in the condition of the poor to "restore justice and to help resume life with dignity" (No. 3). The hope of the poor does not remain disappointed and God intervenes in his favor to give him back the lost dignity and to make him feel free from the "imprisonment of poverty" (No. 4). These verbs also concern us and should make us ready to understand that poor, even in our time, cry every day. Considering the blind Bartimaeus as his icon (see Mark 10.46-52), Pope Francis emphasizes how many poor people can be identified in this poor man on the edge of the road, which many wanted to silence. Even today, in fact, "the voices that are heard are those of the reproach and of the invitation to be silent and to suffer" (n.5). This cry, however, often fails to reach our ears and touch our hearts, leaving us indifferent and unable to respond. In fact, poor, too many times are considered "not only as indigent people, but also as bearers of insecurity, instability, disorientation from daily habits and, therefore, they are rejected and kept away" (n.5). Yet the salvation of God should take form of our helping hand towards the poor, making him feel the friendship he needs and making him experience the closeness that makes him feel free: "Every Christian and every community are called to be God's instruments for the liberation and promotion of the poor "(Evangelii gaudium, 187). This instrument intends to be a simple help offered to dioceses, parishes and to all the various ecclesial realities, to prepare to live the Second World Day of the Poor, because once again this moment can be a stronger one to look more towards poor , listen to their cry and do not let them miss our help and our closeness.

In Christ our Brother,
Fr. Merold