Queen of Heaven Catholic Church

1800 Steese Road • Uniontown, Ohio 44685 • 330-896-2345

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Pastoral Letter

August 20, 2017 - The 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time


A NOTE FROM THE YOUTH DIRECTOR

Dear Parishioners,

Do you ever stop to think why it is we celebrate the Mass as a community each week? Do you come to church because it is what you have always done? Or have you realized that something greater happens at the Mass that you would not be able to live without? When we answer this question periodically, we can discern whether or not we are living right with God and then make the necessary spiritual adjustment(s).

In the first reading this weekend, the great prophet Isaiah reminds the Judean people of their commitment to God. We too are a covenantal people who love and serve God and one another. We come together on the Sabbath to express this reality in our lives. Paragraph 2182 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to His Church. The faithful give witness by this to their communion in faith and charity. Together they testify to God's holiness and their hope of salvation. They strengthen one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.” So, when we gather together at Mass each week we participate in a great mystery that reveals our true love for God. In turn, God promises to bless our sacrifice. Therefore, worshiping God once a week in community is crucial to growing in holiness and ultimately preparing our soul for salvation. Let us pray that we stay devoted to the path that God has revealed and provided to us. Imagine the impact we can have on the world by giving our faithful witness each and every Sabbath.

P.S. PSR and Upper Room/Confirmation Registrations are available on the parish website and in hard copy under the respective bulletin boards in the gathering space. Please do your best to fill them out and turn them in as soon as possible. The opening PSR Mass is August 20th at 11 am. Pre-k – 12th grade and parents to attend. Upper Room will be meeting Sunday nights from 6-8pm this year. The 9th grader welcome will be August 27th and the official Kickoff for all high schoolers will be held on September 10th. We are delighted to begin our new year and continue forming intentional Catholic disciples. God Bless all your families.

All the Best,
Steven Dyer