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Pastor's Reflections

This  weekend’s  Gospel  reminds  us  that  “If  anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Taking a child, he placed it in the their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but  the  One  who  sent  me.”  Jesus  uses  a  child  to illustrate the vulnerability and the neediness of children. Children need good families and cooperative parents in order to be brought up in well cared for and loving environments as they need so much growing up. It just doesn’t  happen.  And  so,  by  taking  a  child  Jesus  is letting us all know that our duty as Christians is to be caretakers of anyone (not just children) who is in need. This could be something on a small scale like a sibling or  friend  needing  a  ear  to  listen,  an  elderly  person needing a ride to a doctor, or visiting with someone we have not seen in a long long time. It could also be a need on a much larger scale like the current pandemic. Often times, we just don’t know how to help when it is on a much larger scale. This weekend, we have an opportunity to help. This weekend the entire diocese will be taking a collection for hurricane IDA victims. The total damage and economic loss from Hurricane Ida could reach $70 billion to $80 billion, according to an estimate  from  AccuWeather.  IDA is  the  fifthlargest hurricane to ever make landfall in the U.S. This is how you can do your part. Today there will be a second collection during Mass in which we will forward the money collected by the diocese and send it to assist the victims of the hurricane. It is our way of making a contribution for help on such a large scale in our own local way, right here in our church. Please be generous during  the  second  collection  as  we  help  so  many devastated  in  a  short  period  of  time  by  such  large, natural disaster. Thank you, Fr. Roach.