Fr. Tom’s Thoughts

Dear St. James Parishioners,

I want to bring up three things this week:

First: On this Tuesday October 23rd at 7 P.M. we will have a special program in the church called: “Praying for Our Priests.” In these difficult days when some of our priests, bishops and cardinals have been dismissed because of sinful activities they perpetrated, the vast majority of priests, who have never done these horrible things, are under attack and considered suspect. We need to pray for them to keep them strong in their ministries. This is so that the Church can continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to a world in desperate need of the Gospel. Please come and learn
various ways that we can pray for our priests.

Second: Next Sunday, October 28th from 7 – 9 P.M St. James is hosting a forum on the ongoing clergy sex abuse scandal which is currently rocking the Catholic Church. We invite all (adults only) who are interested in learning more about what is going on (and has gone on in the past) in our archdiocese, in the rest of Nebraska, in the US overall, and in the world in general, to come. As you can see on the flyer on page 2, we will have a panel of experts who have dealt with and are dealing with the issues daily. I know there can be some justifiable anger and hopelessness associated with these issues and I think our discussion can be helpful in lessening these feelings and perhaps finding ways of healing. We will also have some time at the end for respectful questions and discussion. It should be a very interesting evening.

Lastly (on a much less important note): You may have noticed in the pews in church that the song books and missalettes are sideways in the bookracks instead of up and down. I know this is a change from the way it has always been done, but I prefer the books to go this way so that they are less intrusive and visible. Yes, they may be a little harder to reach when standing up, but they are also less likely to fall out. Let’s try this for awhile and if it doesn’t work, we can always change it back. I also thank all those who so patiently go through the church and put the books in the right direction. I appreciate your efforts.

Please keep praying for all victims of sex abuse, clergy or otherwise. We really need to heal our culture. I invite everyone to come and join us for this week’s important meetings. Have a great week! God bless everyone!

Fr. Tom Weisbecker