As we enjoy the summer weather, we anticipate the observances
and celebrations that will occur as summer wanes. This year, we are especially
mindful that the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks occurs on
the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and that the World Day of Prayer
for the Care of Creation, declared by Pope Francis on August 6, 2015, is on
In "Marking the Fifteenth Anniversary of September 11," Christopher Ferraro
helps parishes appropriately observe the day, whether during Mass, the Liturgy
of the Hours, or an ecumenical or interfaith service. Noting that the readings
and the prayers of the Mass that day resonate with the Year of Mercy, Ferraro
suggests that the homilists draw on the themes of mercy and forgiveness. The
author reminds us, too, that Pope Francis has called us to encounter members
of other faiths. In the bull for the Year of Mercy, the pope states, "May it
open us to even more fervent dialogue that we might know and understand one
On September 1, parishes and schools will want to participate in the World
Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Just months after issuing Laudato Si':
On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis asked us to reserve a day to pray
for creation. The day is provided for us to take the opportunity to reafirm our
vocation as stewards of creation, to thank God for the world entrusted to us, to
ask God for help in protecting creation, and to seek forgiveness for the sins
commited against creation. In "A Day to Pray, Give Thanks for All God Has Created,"
author Stephen Palanca explores options for ways to celebrate this day in the parish.
From altar linens to vestments and wall hangings, fabric plays an essential role
in the liturgical environment. Understanding how a fabric is made, used, and cared
for is valuable to the art and environment team. In this issue, Jakob K. Rinderknecht
considers storage and care for the varied fabrics that are part of your liturgical
Parish staff will want to be sure to read the article, "The Joy of Love:
A Call to Reach Out, Provide Pastoral Care," by Rev. Daniel J. Merz, and discuss it
as a group. In the exhortation, Pope Francis not only invites families to value the
gifts of marriage and each other but encourages all to be a sign of mercy wherever
family life remains imperfect. Your staff may want to examine how they do this as
they serve the families in your community.
You will want to be sure that parents of young children are provided the Living
Our Faith article, "Living in God's Time," by Trish Sullivan Vanni. These articles
assist families with handing on the faith to the next generatin.
Parishoners will find the downloadable article "Why Is Incense Used at Mass?"
informative. Author Kristopher W. Seaman expalins that he incense invites the
assembly to engage with God in new ways through prayer.
May you find refreshment during these long summer days. And in all that you do,
keep in mind that we praise God through the mercy we show others.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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