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Fr. Tony Stubeda

Father Tony Stubeda

          Two Random Thoughts for a Hectic Week

This is going to be a hectic week. I am writing this on Monday, because all day Tuesday and half of Wednesday I will be attending Pastoral Leader Days in Willmar. The second half Wednesday I have Diocesan Priests’ Council and Diocesan Board of Consultors meetings. My absence for these meetings and a funeral make it necessary for me to be at work today. I am just beginning my reflection on the readings for my Sunday homily, and I do not have a firm grasp on where my preparation and prayer will lead me this week. So I offer you two short random thoughts as this hectic week’s message.

                                  Council of Catholic Women Recognition Sunday
This weekend we recognize the great and vital work that the Council of Catholic Women offers to our parishes and area faith community. Their focus on developing the leadership of women, deepening their spiritual lives and offering service to the mission and ministry of Christ is woven into the fabric of our life as an area faith community. As we celebrate their generous presence let us pray for their success, renewal in their mission and that God will continue to bless us with their ministry and leadership.

              Diocesan Rosary Congress and Area Faith Community Living Rosary
From Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. - Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. the St. John Paul II Area Faith Community will host part of the Diocesan Rosary Congress at St. Pius X. We will begin with Mass and a Eucharistic procession. From that hour our area faith community will be in prayer before the Eucharist asking God, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, for the forgiveness of our sins and the sins of the world, for the end of abortion, for peace in the world, for the sanctification of families and for the healing of the wounds in individuals and the Body of Christ caused by the sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and the negligence of the hierarchy to stop such abuse. Each hour volunteers will lead the recitation of the Rosary and pray before the Blessed Sacrament. We are invited to bring ourselves and our world before the Lord. Even if you cannot come for a whole hour or prefer not to be a leader of the Rosary. Come before the Lord in prayer sometime during this 24 hour period. St. John Vianney once asked an older parishioner who came to pray before the Eucharist each day what he was doing. The old man replied, “I look at Jesus and Jesus looks at me.” Come and place yourself before the Lord and let him see to the core of your being and soul and fill you with his love. I believe that this concentrated time of prayer can reap blessings for each of us, for our Church and for our world. We only need to cooperate with this gift to receive blessings beyond our imagination.