Queen of Heaven Catholic Church

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

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Pastoral Letter

September 17, 2017 - The 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Dear Queen of Heaven Parishioners,

First off, let us be grateful for the many blessings God grants us each week. Our thoughts and prayers are still with all those affected by the recent hurricanes and the forest fires in the West. May God continue to protect and restore these families at a time when their faith is surely being tested.

God asks us this weekend to ponder the question, “How do I live wisely?” Undoubtedly, people have questioned the best way to live throughout the ages. And the answers of course vary. One thing we know for certain as Christians is the commandment to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Sirach teaches us that only the Divine author can heal us from our own sinfulness. Yet, at the same time we are responsible for letting go of our anger and frustration. As the psalmist says, “the Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.”

If we are to live wisely, then we would do well to follow Jesus’ command to Peter to forgive beyond bounds. What limits can we put on forgiving our neighbor when God’s mercy toward us is endless? Through the parables Jesus shows us that patience and compassion go a long way. We know that God will give us the grace to do what He asks of us. We can be at peace, confidently knowing that we will always belong to Him. Our faith will go through ups and downs, but He will remain steadfast. He will not abandon us in the storms of life. As a loving Father, He is always waiting for us with open arms.

My prayer this week is that we can all place our trust more fully in the Lord. If He is for us, who can be against us?

Peace and Joy,
Steve Dye