Pastor's Column

February 10, 2019 Pastor's column

     A huge word of thanks to the organizers of last weekend’s Borromeo Bash.  It was a wonderful evening and an enormous success.  After selling out and then expanding the capacity, I believe that the attendance was around 450 people.  It was a fun evening and a chance to support our parish school.   Ceruti’s took good care of us and the organizers had collected some great auction items and silent auction items as well as organizing casino games.  I’m sure that the proceeds will buy a lot of new computers for our school.   

     We received a letter last week from a very grateful rector of St. Mary’s minor seminary in Virika, Uganda.  He reports that the seminary currently has 170 seminarians, but they hope to reach 250 students for the coming year.  “Most if not all of our seminarians come from very poor families who are predominantly peasants.  Most of our Christians depend on subsistence farming in order to get what to eat and the little surplus is sold so as to buy life basic necessities like salt, medicine, schools for the children, clothing, etc.  Each seminarian is required to pay school fees of $170 per semester, and each academic year has three semesters, that means, each seminarian is supposed to pay $510 for a year.  This amount is too high for most of our parents who don’t earn any salary.”  As part of our parish tithe, we are planning an annual gift of $7600 for the seminary.  This will go a long way.  The rector sent photos of the seminary.  I will post those in the Gathering Space.

     This weekend is World Marriage Sunday.  We spend much time in the Church focusing on priestly and religious vocations, but we need to give attention also to this beautiful vocation.  St. Paul compares the love of husband of wife to the love that Christ has for the Church.  It is a beautiful vocation of two people offering themselves to each other in self-sacrificing love.  Let us give thanks for good marriage, pray for help for struggling marriages, and pray for all who are searching for the right partner or discerning a call to marriage.