Our Pastor’s Message – The Garden of Our Souls

by Holy Family Cape Ann on July 19, 2014

July 20, 2014

Like many of our fellow parishioners, I have spent many hours this summer in the garden – planting perennials, pulling weeds, and adding compost to improve the soil.  The goal of these efforts has been to ensure the good health of the garden.  Likewise, each of us is called to ensure the good health of the garden of our souls.

Last weekend, I preached about various way that we can improve our spiritual lives: Prayer, Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Good Works.  God plants the seed of his eternal word within each of our hearts.  Through these practices, we can ensure that God’s gift bears fruit in our lives.  The fruits of these divine gifts are the ways in which we truly love God and love our neighbor.

As the summer season continues, I ask you to join me in making some time to work in the garden of our souls.  I ask you to join me in prayer.  I ask you to join me at Mass.  I invite you to participate in the Sacrament of Penance & Reconcilition.  And I ask you to give generously of your time, talent, and treasure to those in need.  By doing these things, we tend not just to our own personal spiritual health, but also to the spiritual health of the Lord’s own vineyard – to our families, communities, and parishes.

Here are two other ways in which each of us can labor in the lord’s vineyard this summer.  First, all adult parishioners are invited to join me and Cliff Garvey, our new Minister of Evangelization, for a “Summer Retreat” from Sunday,  July 27 through Friday, August 1 at 7:00pm in Our Lady’s Hall.

During this six night retreat experience, Cliff and I will lead participants through a series of spiritual exercises and discussions based on Father Henri Nouwen’s classic book, “The Way of the Heart:  Connecting with God Through Payer, Wisdom, and Silence.”  An offering of $25 per person is requested.  All participants will receive a copy of the book, along with a cup of coffee or cold drink.  Space is limited!  If you would like to join us or would like more information, please contact Cliff at 978-281-4820 or c.garvey@ymail.com

Secondly, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society needs our help in order to continue helping others.  As more and more of our friends, neighbors  and fellow parishioners find it more and more difficult to make ends meet, it becomes harder and harder for the Society to serve their needs.  For this reason, we will have a special second collection during the month of August at all Masses to raise much needed funds for this worthy cause.

When you give to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, you sow the seeds of a better life for someone in our community.  Please give generously!  Thank you!

Peace & Blessings to all,

Father Jim


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Parish Pay Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

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