October 17, 2021

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17 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
21st Sunday after Pentecost

Ordinary Form
Isaiah 53,10-11
Psalm 33,4-5.18-19.20.22
Hebrews 4,14-16
Mark 10,35-45

Extraordinary Form
Ephesians 6,10-17
Matthew 18,23-35

18 October
Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist (1st century)

19 October
Feast of Ss. John de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues & Companions
a.k.a. The North American Martyrs (1640s)

21 October
Anniversary of the Dedication of
St. John the Beloved Catholic Church (1956)

22 October
Feast of Pope St. John Paul II (2005)

Do you notice how the succession of holy days this coming week fall in chronological order? The Lord. One of His Evangelists. Some of His Martyrs. Our own Parish. Our saintly Pope.

Who is next? What great works of God can we expect?

Making you a saint. Making us a truly holy family.

I remember when in 1993 I accompanied a group of high school and college students to Denver, Colorado for World Youth Day with Pope John Paul II. The night before the closing Mass out at Cherry Creek State Park was absolutely frigid. The summer sun sweltered the next day. Without needing to consult a text I can tell the words with which Pope John Paul II concluded his homily: “Do not be afraid of the Gospel”. It was memorable because after a few seconds’ pause he corrected himself and said: “Be proud of the Gospel!” I think every one of the 750,000 people in attendance went wild.

Our mission is to do more than survive, more than simply hold on to the Faith. Undeterred by the inevitable consequences of being witnesses for Jesus Christ, we are privileged to be Christians and proud to proclaim Christ’s Gospel.

Holy Evangelists, pray for us!
Holy Martyrs, pray for us!
Holy Shepherds, pray for us!

Rev. Christopher J. Pollard