Saints, Martyrs, and Halloween
I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. Luke 12:5
Saints and martyrs are amazing. It can almost be intimidating when you read and study either. I read Hearts of Fire, Eight Women in the Underground Church and Their Stories of Costly Faith this past summer. The stories are about current women and how Christians are still persecuted today. In the homily at daily Mass today, Fr. Pat talked about Carlo Acutos, a teenager who died in 2000 at the age of 15 and is at the Blessed stage of being named a saint. In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear about the persistent woman who bothers that judge to get him to give her a just judgement.
The Magnificat Magazine reflects: “If the Gospel makes anything indisputably clear it is that God want to be bothered. Jesus invites us to be persistent and unrelenting in our prayers. Even when it seems nothing is happening in response to our prayer, the Lord may be accomplishing immense through unseen changes. As we persevere in prayer, the Lord is removing obstacles little by little.” We can all get there if we persist and pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances in the words of St. Paul.
I suggested to the kids to dress as saints for Halloween. Carlos wore jeans, Nikes and a hoodie! Halloween will be here before we know it. We are going to have our costume parade on the way out of school again at pick up like we did last year (keep the school costume simpler and go all out one for trunk or treat). Please make sure that all costumes are appropriate for school. The parade will start around 3 with the youngest students going to the courtyard. The older students will parade through them and after all are out, the classes will be escorted one last time through to their cars from youngest to oldest grade levels. Your classroom teachers will have more information in their newsletters.
Oct.20 Evening Musical Performance has been cancelled
Oct. 21 No school, SOF
Oct. 28 Trunk or Treat