September 9, 2018: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Pastor’s Corner
Welcome to the season of new beginnings! Summer is over, schools are back in session, and the routine of post-Labor Day life begins again.
It’s a fresh day for our bulletin as we introduce a splash of color and expand to an 8-panel format. I hope you enjoy the new look. We will endeavor to make the bulletin an effective source of edification and communication.
Here at the priory, 10 men have arrived to launch into a year of discernment as Dominicans. Even before they profess vows, the Order of Preachers has the tradition of vesting our novices in the white habit with black cappa. As they don the habit for the first time, they are given religious names which mark their identity as brothers united in the Spirit of St. Dominic. Although the novice year is primarily focused on formation and prayer, they will connect with the parish through attending the 5:30pm daily St Jude Masses and rotate among the various Sunday Masses. This is the largest novice class that we’ve had since the days of Fr. Isaiah’s novitiate (I’ll refrain from noting the date!), and our community is excited to experience this vocational vibrancy.
Front row (L-R): Br. Dominic Agustin, Br. Koa Mary, Br. David, Middle row: Br. Thaddeus, Br. José Maria, Br. Francis Dominic, Br. Philip, Back row: Br. Luke Maria, Br. Diego María, Br. Christopher.
For our parish, this weekend is commitment Sunday. It is an opportunity to renew your commitment to St. Dominic’s as your spiritual home. St. Dominic’s has a wealth of ways and opportunities to be involved and I encourage you to connect fully in the life of our community. In order to provide practical ways to engage, we have created commitment pamphlets. Simply fill out the detachable panel and place it in the collection basket (along with your financial gift). We are all too aware of the scandals and strife that we face as Catholics these days. On this commitment Sunday, it can be a new beginning. Be the change that you want to see, commit to the faith in a renewed and vibrant way. The life of St. Dominic’s Church flows not simply from the energies of the priests and staff, but from you, the parishioners. As baptized laity, you are the Church. You are St. Dominic’s. Begin that commitment afresh!
-Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P., Pastor