This is the end, my only friend.

Dear Parishioners,

I've had stuck in my head this past week "The End" by the Doors. This is the end. My only friend, the end.

Saint Paul writes about "the end" to the Thessalonians. He wants them to be aware of the end; to be as knowledgable as possible about where all those who have died currently are. “We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope” (1 Thess 4:13).

Jesus' parable about the wise and foolish maidens is also about the end. The end of the waiting for the bridegroom comes, and some maidens are ready and some are not. We need to be ready for the end. We should not be caught by surprise. Which means we should do our best to reconcile any sins or broken relationships in our lives. Otherwise we will be like those maidens without any oil in their lamps who have their back turned on Jesus when the end comes and, therefore, miss out on heaven.

So, the end is our friend. Most importantly, it means our birthday into eternal life. The end is our entry (hopefully) into heaven, where we will experience nothing but utter fulfillment in union with God. Heaven is our homeland.

But the end is also our friend because it forces to be better on this earth. Knowing the end can come at any moment (“Therefore keep watch, for you know neither the day nor the hour” (Matt 25:13), says our Lord says in another instance) means we will do our best to be reconciled on this earth. And reconciliation makes for a better life.

This is the end, my only friend, the end...

At the 9:30am Mass this Sunday the 7th graders and their Confirmation sponsors will be present to make their commitment to the Confirmation program. Please keep our school and CCD 7th graders in your prayers.

Again, we invite you to write down in the back of the church in the folders any names of deceased friends and relatives. We will pray for them throughout the month of November.

Tomorrow, Monday the 13th, the Men's Club will meet and we will begin with a Mass celebrating all the deceased members of the group.

The last Tuesday Night Theology session of the "semester" will be this week, at 7pm in the Ministry Center Chapel, on World War II. I will discuss the role of the church during this period, as well as some stories of holy men and women during the war, along with a few spiritual principles on display. I will resume the Tuesday night theology sessions in January. Thank you to all who attended. CCD will gather on Wednesday evening in the church for a CCD Thanksgiving Prayer Service. That same night the school's athletic board will be meeting. On Friday is the St. Juliana Bingo 77th Anniversary! Our Bingo team, led in large part by Cindy Kamka, has been hard at work to make this a memorable occasion. We hope to see in you that night to celebrate and play bingo!

Yours in Christ,
Father James

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