I will be away from the parish from early Monday until next Tuesday afternoon. The first five days I will be on retreat at Mount Irenaeus, just outside Friendship. The Mount is a retreat house run by the Franciscans from St. Bonaventure and its primary ministry is to serve the college students. It is a beautiful location set amongst the hills of the Southern Tier, a wonderful place for quiet prayer and rest. Late Friday afternoon I make a quick trip back to Pittsford to repack my suitcase so I can leave for Alabama early Saturday. I am traveling to St. Bernard Abbey to attend the celebration of the election of my dear friend Fr. (now Right Reverent) Marcus Voss, OSB as the 7th Abbot of the Abbey. Marcus and I have been friends for over 40 years and he has stayed with me many times when he has visited other alumni who live here in Western New York. The weekend will includes Solemn Vespers on Sunday afternoon, following by banquet with the monastic community and friends of the Abbey. On Monday the Solemn Mass of Abbatial Blessing will be celebrated with Bishop Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham presiding. Marcus was elected the Abbott on July 25 and was immediately installed as Abbot. It an honor to be invited to his Abbatial Blessing.
This week our Peace and Justice Bulletin column, addresses “What is Catholic Social Teaching”. I encourage you to read the article that is written each week by John Boroski, the Chair of Justice and Peace Committee. He points out that many Catholics do not realize that Catholic Social Teaching is, as pointed out by Pope Francis, a central and essential element of our faith. The Social Teachings of the Church are not second-class citizens, rather they are reflective of who we are as followers of Christ.
Finally, a few people have mentioned they are having a difficult time hearing in our worship space. We have had the entire audio system evaluated and with a few minor adjustments, it is functioning properly. If you have any further concerns, please let me know, thanks!
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
In peace and courage,