My Dear Parishioners,
Within the last week, we received some wonderful news. St. Luke Productions contacted our parish about their newest performance, Faustina, which they have just recently produced. They offered Presentation the opportunity to be one of the first parishes to host their new play, especially since we have held their performances on St. John Vianney and St. Maximilian Kolbe in the last few years. They will come to Sacramento in the first week of January.
St. Faustina is the nun to whom our Lord Jesus appeared in the first half of last century and revealed Himself as Divine Mercy. He said to Faustina: “My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners…[I]t is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy. For them I dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy” (Diary, 367). He revealed to her that now is the time for God’s mercy, if people will only respond to His promptings. Blessed John Paul II would write: “There is nothing more man needs than Divine Mercy – that love which is benevolent, which is compassionate, which raises man above his weakness to the infinite heights to the holiness of God.” He also once stated: “Right from the beginning of my ministry in St. Peter’s See in Rome, I consider this message [of Divine Mercy] my special task. Providence has assigned it to me in the present situation of man, the Church and the world. It could be said that precisely this situation assigned that message to me as my task before God.” To host the production will proffer us a special opportunity to open ourselves to our Lord’s message of mercy ever more fully!
Another great event that has been presented to us is the chance to host a dynamic, young Catholic speaker, Justin Fatica, who is one of the most sought after youth speakers in the country. A school family contacted me and generously offered to cover the costs of flying him out and paying his speaker fee. Thus, we have decided to make his talk the youth kick-off event for the new academic year. We will host Justin on the afternoon of Saturday, September 14, so please mark the calendar for your youth, 6th-12th Graders!
Lastly, in a few weeks, RCIA will commence. Before ascending into Heaven, our Lord’s final words to His apostles were: “Go out to all the nations and baptize them, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Though that command was given to the apostles in a particular way, certainly it is also addressed to the entire Body of the Church, to all of us her members, until the end of time. Our Lord is the Savior of the world and the bearer of salvation. We are called to bring that salvation to ‘all the world’, which means for us to all those with whom we interact. Have you ever asked anyone about their interest in coming to know and learn more about the Catholic Faith? I personally am going to contact a couple of individuals about entering RCIA. I encourage and ask you to do the same. Many, many converts to Catholicism have said that they would never have entered the Church had not someone invited them to. It is the greatest discovery we could ever lead another person to.
In Jesus, through Mary,