We give thanks to God always for all of you…1 Thess. 1:1-5b

In this weekend’s second reading, St. Paul tells us of the power of mutual strength and encouragement. It reminded me of a story about a Kentucky farmer and his favorite mule. The farmer registered his mule to run in the famous Kentucky Derby. When the committee met with him to review his registration they could not contain their laughter. “Surely you cannot believe that your mule can beat these horses with their pedigrees, years of training and breeding. He is only a mule!” “Oh”, said the farmer, “I know he cannot win the Derby with all those thoroughbreds, but I just thought that the association would do him good!”

In these last many months we have missed some of those “good associations” that we, like St. Paul, relied on for strength, and encouragement. Maybe, we have even suffered from not having their inspiration and support. 

St. Paul is reminding us that our association with our church, sacraments, our families, and friends are essential to our spiritual health and well-being. While not all can come to church or be with others as before, we still must not lose those associations.

Find ways to remain “connected” to your church: with our parish live streaming of masses, other prayer and adult programs, as well as opportunities on “Formed” the Catholic digital website, that you can find by clicking on this link provided: https://watch.formed.org/what-to-watch . Reach out and maintain relationships with those who have been for you a support and inspiration.

Most importantly ask yourself: Have I been a source of reassurance for someone recently? Have I listened with compassion to one who is struggling? Have I reinforced God’s love for anyone feeling left behind in these times?  The association could do you both good!

Blessings,
Father Don


PARISH NOTES:

A CONNECTED CONCLUSION
Thank you to all parishioners who in August agreed to be Prayer Partners through October. Although our time is completed know your prayers have helped in keeping us connected as a parish.
A CANDY COLLECTION
Trunk or treat will be Monday, October 26th in the parking lot beginning at 6pm. We are looking for volunteers to decorate their trunks and pass out goodies. If interested please call the office to let us know!
A CANCELLED CIRCUMSTANCE
We unfortunately have to cancel the Fatima Devotion scheduled for Sunday, October 18th at 1pm in the Church. We apologize about any inconvenience this may cause.
A CARING COMMUNITY
Our annual North Ridgeville collection will begin next weekend, October 24th and 25th and end November 1st. This collection benefits the Community Care Pantry. We are asking for donations that are not covered by food assistance: paper towels, cleaning supplies, detergent, bleach, men and ladies deodorant and more. More information can be found in the bulletin. Please drop off all donations outside the office doors or under the covered walkway outside the parish hall.
A CHARITY CHANCE
Knights of Columbus are selling “Football CrazR” tickets for only $20! You could win multiple times over the ten week period-it is worth a shot! You can buy your tickets online at http://donorbox.org/knights-of-columbus-football-crazr, at the parish office or from any Knight. Proceeds go to the multiple Knights of Columbus Charities. Deadline is October 24th.