Pastor’s Corner, November 12, 2017

Thank You from Jerry Schaedle. Jerry wishes to thank you for your well wishes and gifts. He really appreciates hearing from you. Please, continue to keep him in your prayers.

Remembering the Dead: Traditionally, November is the month in which we remember in special and practical ways the deceased members of our families, our deceased friends and all of the faithful departed.
I want to take this opportunity to correct a popular misconception about what happens after a person dies. Too many people believe when a loved one dies the soul automatically goes to heaven. Well, maybe yes, and maybe no. But we do not know the state of a person’s soul when he or she dies, only God knows. No matter what we think or want, we are not “the Judge,” only God is.
When a person dies in state of grace but the
soul is not completely prepared to enter heaven, then
he or she is placed in Purgatory for purification. (God forbid that a person should die outside of the state of grace, that is, with unconfessed, unrepented mortal sin on their soul.) So, what we should be doing for the deceased is praying that our hope of salvation and eternal life with the Lord will be realized in them. Hence, each and every day, we ought to pray for and offer our sufferings for the repose of all souls.

Sister Helen Julia’s Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday collection of food and monetary donations for families in need is underway. I know that our St. Lawrence parishioners and friends will be generous so that Sister will be able to assist all those families who are in need. This collection will continue through December. Sister’s Ministry envelopes are in the back of church and the food barrels are at the break (next to the pillars) for your food donations. Thank you for helping Sister help the needy. And thanks to Sister Helen Julia.