My Dear Parishioners,
Now is the time to think about adults who might be interested in learning more about our faith. If you know someone who you think might be interested, please have them give me a call. The RCIA or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a program offered by the church to instruct those who are not of our faith. In addition, we have combined these classes with those adults who may have been baptized in the Catholic faith, but never completed their catechesis. We are always looking for new team members willing to share their faith and walk with others on their journey. If you can help us, please contact me.
I recently heard from Mr. Butros Qumsaya, the liaison for the Terra Sancta Travel Company which is hosting our parish trip to the Holy Land in the fall. The trip was scheduled for Sunday Nov. 6th thru Thursday Nov. 17th. He was contacted by the airlines and notified that the flight leaving on Sunday has been cancelled. He has rebooked our trip on a flight leaving instead on Saturday, Nov. 5th, one day earlier. This, of course extends our trip by another day and another night in a hotel. Butros informed me that they will still honor the original discounted price of the trip. For the same amount of money we extended our trip one day and we can decide if we want them to plan something for us to do, or just take it as a free day. I hope this change does not cause anyone a serious inconvenience. I am really looking forward to this trip. Butros will be contacting all those who registered for the trip individually.
Next week our second collection will be for the Black and Indian missions. Archbishop Pérez has asked that the following letter be communicated to all the parishes.
God Bless you,
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Thank you for your generous support of the Annual Black and Indian Missions Collection! Established as the first National Collection for the Catholic Church in the United States in 1874, it has proven a successful vehicle for sharing resources to provide for the unique pastoral and temporal needs of our African American, Native American, and Alaskan Native brothers and sisters within the context of the cultures.
This Collection clearly embodies Pope Francis’ call for each of us to evangelize and work as a family to share the Love, Faith, and Hope of Jesus Christ. As we embark on another year of evangelization in the African American, Native American and Alaskan Native communities, everyone is encouraged to make a difference by offering their prayers and financial support for these missions.
Your support provides for the presence of missionaries who work tirelessly for the Lord in African American, Native American, and Alaskan Native parishes, schools, and religious education programs, as well as many diocesan level programs designed to bring the Gospel to these communities. Your partnership places Bibles and catechetical materials in the hands of priests, consecrated men and women, and lay leaders. Your sacrifice positively impacts pastoral work across the country and addresses the need to train catechists, permanent deacons, and seminarians for service in these missions now and into the future.
Please consider making a gift to the National Black and Indian Mission Collection to support evangelization efforts for African American, Native American and Alaskan Native communities in the United States. You can learn more about this important work at www.blackandindianmission.org.
Thank you again and may God bless you. Sincerely in Christ,
+Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia