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Robert Heaney, of Creighton University Medical School, writes, “All Saints is a many layered feast. It began in the early church to celebrate the many martyrs whose names had not been recorded and hence could not be individually commemorated. They were, after all, our role models. They had triumphed. They were the ones who had “washed their robes in the blood of the lamb”. We were to take encouragement from them. The author of the letter to the Hebrews has a wonderful image on that point. After reminding his audience of the exploits of the Old Testament prophets, judges, and kings, he refers to them as a “cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1) gathered along the course of a race, and cheering the contemporary runners on to victory. The image came straight out of the Greek games, in which the winners in prior years cheer the current crop of athletes on to even better performance. That’s a part of what we mean by the “communion of saints”, which we confess we believe when we recite the Apostles’ creed. We need to take comfort in the fact that those holy ones who have gone before us still care and want us to follow in their footsteps.
At another level entirely, it is both encouraging and frightening to realize that we – all of us – are Saints, Saints already. That’s not because our behavior is all that exemplary or holy, but because the Spirit of Jesus dwells in us through our baptisms. It is precisely through baptism that we can “be called children of God”. That’s not just a pretty figure of speech. St. Paul refers to the members of his unruly communities as “Saints”, even in letters in which he is scolding them for their gluttony, selfcenteredness, and immorality. He urges them, over and over, in one way or another, to “be what you are”. Clearly, if he were writing to us, he would say exactly the same thing. Holiness, we seem to have learned, is something we achieve. It’s disturbing to confront ourselves as holy not because of our merit, but because of what we have been given.”
This year the Feast of All Saints, a Holy Day, does not carry the obligation for us to be in attendance, however, the Saturday morning Mass on November 1st at 8:30 will be for All Saints. May we follow their path of holiness to the Father. Dear Holy Ones, help us and pray for us who rely on your constant intercession.
God bless us!
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque pray for us!Fr. Charles L. Persing,Pastor
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Monday: No MassTuesday – Saturday: 8:30 a.m.
Holy Day Vigil: 7:00 p.mHoly Day: 8:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Penance: Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. A parish penance service is held during both Advent and Lent at announced times.
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The parish office and St Margaret Mary School remian at 2848 Herr Street in Harrisburg.
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Email: email@example.com • Phone: (717) 233-3062 • Fax: (717) 238-5633Church: 2800 Paxton Church Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 • Directions to ChurchParish Office: 2848 Herr Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 • Directions to Parish OfficeSchool: 2826 Herr Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 • Directions to School