From the Pastor 11/15/20:

Dear Parishioners,
Now where do we turn our attention? With the election over (well at least our voting part) where
do we turn our attention when it comes to our elected officials?
First we need to continue to hold up in prayer our newly elected officials and our nation. Second, we need to
patiently wait for verification and any recounts that are needed. Allow time to for the process to happen. Third,
then we need to embrace the results and make the needed transitions. Our candidate may or may not have been
elected, but we have who we have. Fourth, we need to challenge ourselves, our elected officials, and our nation to
work together for the greater good of our country and our world.
No candidate or party is perfect, and neither are we. However, we need to support and encourage the good in our
elected officials and challenge the areas that are contrary to our faith and belief. As we await the final word, let
us take a serious look at where our newly elected officials stand. Let us prepare to unite as "one nation under
God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Let us prayerfully consider action that will move our nation
closer to God.
To connect this with today's gospel, the parable of the talents, and our emphasis this weekend on stewardship, we
realize that what is important is not how many talents we have, but that we invest what God has given us. What
does this investment look like? It is taking inventory of not just our resources, money, but also our time, and
words. Before the election we may have spent lots of money, time, and words on politics but what about this
week, the next 2 or 4 years? This is not a time to bury our talents but to invest in our political system. To join in
prayer for our officials, to write letters and send emails, and to talk about the good of the candidates elected and
about how we will work together and encourage others to work for "one nation under God".
Invest well, as our life, eternal life depends on it. How? Stay tuned for next week's gospel, the feast of "The
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe", when we hear about the sheep and the goats. Where
do you want to end up? Invest your talents wisely in
our elected officials.
God Bless,
Fr. Doug
P.S. As the COVID numbers in our city,
State, and nation continue to rise, we need
to keep vigilant when it comes to safety.
Thank you for wearing masks, socially distancing,
and staying home. I know this will mean difficult
decisions for Thanksgiving, but be wise in making
your decisions, especially regarding large, in-door
gatherings. It may be better to forgo any in person
gatherings this year so that there will be a next year
for our health-challenged loved ones. Prayer after an election
God of all nations,
Father of the human family,
we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise
and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy
in these United States of America.
We ask for your protection and guidance
for all who devote themselves to the common good,
working for justice and peace at home and around the
world.
We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public
servants,
those who will serve us as president,
as legislators and judges,
those in the military and law enforcement.
Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord,
with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to
achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all
people, and especially those who are
most vulnerable in our midst.
Amen

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