Pastor’s Weekly Message 10-28-18

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission,

Trick or treat?

Halloween is a time of ghosts and scary monsters, when many people spend a small fortune on elaborate costumes and face masks.

Our Junipero Serra School students will try to recapture the true meaning of the festival by dressing up as their favorite Saint.

As you know, Hallow e’en means the eve of All Hallows, or All Saints.

We Catholics all have our favorite Saint, whether it be Saint Jude, the Patron of Lost Causes, or Saint Anthony, the Patron of lost items! Both of these are prominent in my personal Liturgy of Saints.

The truth is that we are all called to be saints at our Baptism. The consoling fact is that most of the saints were sinners who recognized their call to be a better person and to make the world a better place by their presence. None of the saints was perfect, yet they all tried to reach a higher level of perfection, by regular prayer and reception of the Sacraments.

The Feast of All Saints is a joyful celebration of all those imperfect human beings who made it home to God. No trick, all treat!

Fr. Paul

Pastor at Carmel Mission

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