Bulletin (September 4, 2005)

This Sunday we have the great honor of hosting the ordination of Peter Mactutis to the transitional diaconate. Peter has been part of our parish for almost ten years and many of you have come to know him and pray for him as he dedicates his life to the service of God and the Church. We welcome Archbishop Brunett, Fr. Tim Sauer (archdiocesan Vocation Director), Fr. Paul Magnano (Vicar for Clergy) and other priests who have come for this important event.

Originally I was going to direct this weekend’s two-bit collection for education of seminarians to help make up our shortfall on the Annual Catholic Appeal. However, the needs of our brothers and sisters affected by Hurricane Katrina are obviously more urgent at this moment. I know you want to do your part to support this relief effort. If you make out a check, please write it to “Holy Family Parish” and put “Katrina” or “hurricane relief” in the memo. Catholic Charities USA will use these funds for emergency and long-term disaster-recovery efforts.

Last Sunday Deacon Ted made an important point regarding healing and forgiveness, namely, that none of us will experience genuine healing unless we forgive those who have abused us. We are seeing that in our Church and throughout society. While in some situations, a law suit might be necessary, it will not bring true healing. I know men who have received substantial settlements, but who are now more bitter and angry than before. The Gospels we hear these Sundays show the true path: the steps of fraternal correction, acknowledgement of one’s own sin and the grace of genuine pardon.

Some of you asked how I enjoyed the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. It was marvelous to see live productions of five plays – three by Shakespeare, one by Christopher Marlowe and an American comedy from the thirties. I was impressed by how great drama deals with issues which are central to faith: the meaning of human freedom and the choice between good and evil, salvation or damnation. Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus is about a scholarly man who desires a kind of knowledge which will give him magical powers and control over others. To gain those powers he sells his soul to the devil. Even though he has opportunities to repent, he does not accept them. Shakespeare’s Richard III is about an English king who uses charm and cunning to create a self-made hell that he draws others into. In the end he hears the terrible words “despair and die.” He cannot overcome despair because the only truth he knows is that “Richard loves Richard, that is, I am I.” The issue of salvation and damnation emerges even in one of the comedies. In The Twelfth Night a priggish figure named Malvolio is tripped up by comic characters whose humor has a cruel edge. In the final act everyone is reconciled – except Malvolio. He protests, “Never was a man so notoriously abused.” His final words are “I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of you.” The Festival overall was a powerful experience, but it did have some negative aspects for me and the priests I went with. The plays, in the way they were presented, contained some anti-Catholic stereotyping which has become common in our culture. I will wait until next week’s bulletin to comment on that.

In a meeting with our school faculty, I mentioned the Ashland plays and how literature often raises the central questions of faith. They of course are very aware of that as they carry out their task educating and forming children. I ask you to pray for them and our new principal as we begin another school year. In addition to Mr. Lutz, we have two new teachers in our middle school, as well as those teachers who have dedicated many years of service to our parish school. If you are considering sending your child to Holy Family School, it is not too late. Please call 206-767-6640 for more information.

Este domingo tenemos el gran honor de ser anfitriones para la ordenación de Peter Mactutis al diaconado de transición. Peter ha sido parte de nuestra parroquia por casi diez años. Varios de Vds. lo conocen y rezan por el mientras dedica su vida al servicio de Dios y la Iglesia. Damos la bienvenida al Arzobispo Brunett, el Padre Tim Sauer, P Paul Magnano y otros sacerdotes que han venido para este evento importante.

Iba a dirigir la segunda colecta para la educación de seminaristas para ayudar en lo que nos falta para la Petición Anual. No obstante, las necesidades de nuestros hermanos afectados por el huracán Katrina obviamente son más urgentes. Yo se que Vds. quieren hacer su parte para apoyar este esfuerzo. Si escribe un cheque, hacerlo a “Holy Family Parish” y poner “Katrina” en el memo. Caritas USA usará estos fondos para ayuda de emergencia y reconstrucción al largo plazo.

Pido sus oraciones por nuestra escuela parroquial y su nuevo director el Sr. Glen Lutz. Además de él, tenemos dos nuevos profesores en los grados seis y siete – y por supuesto los profesores que han dedicado muchos años al servicio a nuestra escuela. Si Vd. esta considerando enviar a su hijo a la Escuela de la Sagrada Familia, no es demasiado tarde. Favor de llamar a 206-767-6640 para mayor información. La señora Frances Barrón está en la oficina y habla castellano.