From our Pastor

150 150 Charlestown Catholic Collaborative

I want to leave a legacy; how will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to you enough to make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering- a child of mercy and grace,
who blessed your name unapologetically… and leave that kind of legacy.

From Legacy, written by Nichole Nordeman

It’s interesting that it seems when anyone meets someone famous, one of the first things they tell others is what a “regular person” he or she is, they say that the star is kind or down-to-earth, or something like that, that it’s amazing, somehow. In reality, we’re all called to be that way to others- always. Muhammad Ali once said that when he was at a restaurant with someone: “I don’t trust anyone who’s nice to me but rude to the waiter, because they would treat me the same way if I were in that position.” It’s refreshing to encounter someone quite naturally kind, patient, and understanding with everyone, and I hope we all try to be that way.

That’s what Jesus is calling each of us to be in today’s Gospel, to put God, and the presence He is in everyone first, and ignore what the world tells us to think- He calls out the best in each of us to everyone in every way, not just when it’s convenient or because when we’re supposed to, but so it becomes second nature and without any reservation. May we be reflections of God’s presence in our world, putting Him first. He will change us- through us, person by person, He will change our world.

Nov. 1st is Feast of All Saints, a holy day of obligation. Masses will be offered on Wednesday at 9 am at St. Francis de Sales Church and at 6 pm at St. Mary’s Church. Please join us!

As we walk into the giving season, there are so many ways we can give our time, talent, and treasure- listen to your heart and hear God’s voice to give generously. Anne Frank wrote that “no one ever became poor by giving.” Let’s give!

Please encourage someone you love to join you for Mass. We miss all those who are away and wait in joyful hope for them to come home. You can help. All you need to do is pray for them and ask them. You may be surprised at the answer.