Greetings and blessings from Fr. Mike Dechant OM
God is good … all the time!
October 7th: the Feast of our Lady of the Rosary. In the words of Pope Francis: “Mary’s life shows that great deeds are accomplished through those that are humble.”
A family story of God’s goodness and delightful presence: my Uncle Joe loved to play his violin. He loved to make music, but as aging was settling into his life, so did arthritis. To help keep his fingers nimble, the doctor recommended that he make rosaries – it helped to keep the arthritis at bay.
Our Aunt Ledvina (Uncle Joe’s wife) watched as he put together the beads and wire, to create movement in his stiffening fingers. Now both Uncle Joe and Aunt Ledvina had a deep devotion to Mary, especially in their prayer time with the rosary. Every day they prayed the rosary together; every day there was a deep sense of gratitude for Mary and her role in the life of Jesus, and in the place and example of Mary in our lives as children of God.
Through it all, Aunt Ledvina was motivated to also fill her time making rosaries. She focussed on a rosary for all her children, then the grandchildren and great grandchildren – any relative or friend that she believed would appreciate a rosary from her. In fact, as time went on, she made over 1000 rosaries – most of them sent on to the missions. Her son and daughter-in-law kept her supplied with beads and strings and crosses.
As is often the experience of all the aged, her health began to diminish. One of her fervent requests was to receive the Eucharist. so each morning, her family brought her communion. In fact, water and the Eucharist was her only food.
One morning, she described a most vivid and striking dream. My mother Emma – who had previously been called home to God – was in the dream, encouraging Ledvina to put her affairs together, as they would be together soon. The dream was too vivid not to leave reason for attention to the message.
As few days later, our Aunt Ledvina described a second vivid dream. This time Mary (Jesus’ mother, not her own daughter who was a Redemptoristine Nun) was talking to Jesus. Mary was asking Jesus, “Wouldn’t it be nice if Ledvina would join us for Thanksgiving?” Can you believe it? Our beloved Aunt Ledvina died on October 7th, on the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary. And I, Fr. Mike, was privileged to bury her a few days later, on Thanksgiving Day! She was 92 years of age. It was truly a celebration of music and joy and gratitude. Yes…God is good … all the time! We gives thanks for all the many blessings that our Aunt Ledvina was to our family, and so many others.
Our Aunt Ledvina was a humble and peace-filled lady. Her love and care for her family was stellar. She lived by faith; she walked in hope. My sense was that she modelled her role as mother after the example of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Mother of the Church.
Something from the Parish: another family story of God’s goodness in our midst, another reason to give thanks and words of appreciation – this time, to our St. Philip Neri Family. We have so much to be thankful, to live in hope and gratitude. Every (new) day is a reason to give thanks.
So… on this weekend of Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude and deep appreciation to all those parishioners who contribute regularly to the Reserve Fund. Recently, we have had to make a major decision to refurbish two of our furnaces, at a total cost of $36,668.07.
The repairs have begun, so we should have heat before the winter months. As we continue the need and concern to replenish the Reserve Fund, I am pleased to report that we have already raised $14,800.00. Thank you to all who have already responded to this parish project.
As we say THANK YOU, was also request
St. Joseph … pray for us
St. Philip Neri … pray for us
St. Eugene de Mazenod … pray for us
St. Kateri Tekakwitha … pray for us
Praise be Jesus Christ, and Mary Immaculate
Fr. Mike Dechant OMI
Something from the Parish
One of the top priorities expressed in the Parish Survey was the request to gather for Adoration. What is Adoration? Be still and know that I am God. It’s a time of prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
Do you remember the scene at the tomb, after the resurrection. Jesus asks Mary, ’ What are you looking for?” Mary thinks he is the gardener. Then Jesus calls her by name, “Mary!” Contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament is when one is so quiet within, no interior talking or discussing one’s present issues and concerns with the Lord. So quiet, that one can hear God calling your name.
St Philip Neri Parish Adoration Times:
Every Monday evening: 6 pm – 10 pm (except long weekends)
Every 2nd Thursday of the month: 9 am – 6 pm
NEW: Holy Hour of Prayer (other Thursdays of the month): 12 pm – 1-pm
Please note: you are also welcome to “come and pray” during Parish office hours: 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm. Please check in at the office to announce your presence and intent.