Abouna's Message of the Month

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus our Lord,

As always, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Holy Family families, individuals, friends, sponsors and supporters who continue to show their constant support with great dedication, care and love for our church and community. Thank you to all council members, groups and individuals who keep searching for new ways to support the church. This is a way of Evangelization and you are doing it. Thank you.

Evangelization is practiced in every activity, in every event, even in the annual Fall Festival that was held on Saturday September 10. The food was delicious. The raffle was a success. Our goal was to attract and pull as many people as possible back to our community, our faith and our heritage. Thank you to all of those dedicated, energetic, committed, and determined volunteers, who are loyal, faithful, kind, ready to serve and assist, from generation to generation for their hard work and constant effort for the church sake.

The wonderful Faith Formation teachers started the 2022-2023 program Wednesday, September 14. Parents who have children this age, and have no Faith Formation or religion classes at their schools, should contact Gary Schwery to enroll their children and ensure they participate in the weekly classes. This, too, is an essential part of evangelization. The children’s participation will form the generation of the future for the families and for the church. In the same way, let us make the Sunday Divine Liturgy a priority in our Christian life and faith, where all generations unite around the Lord Jesus.

MYO activities continued without a break, last year and this year; such great motivation and participation. They enjoyed wonderful outdoor and indoor gatherings at the Church and local parks. All youth, from ages 12 to 17, are invited and encouraged to join and enjoy great times together.

We thank everyone who continues to support those suffering in Lebanon. Caritas Lebanon sends donations on a regular basis from the Eparchy in Saint Louis to Beirut where Caritas is dealing with the direct distribution channels to the displaced families in the areas affected, 90% of whom are Christian Maronites.

Just to mention that this month of October, the month of the Holy Rosary, begins with two principle feasts. Saint Therese of Lisieux, patroness of the converted atheists through constant daily prayers and sacrifice, and Saint Francis of Assisi, who changed the face of the Church and focused on the assistance of the poor, the hungry and the needy and inspired thousands of vocations in the Church throughout the last nine centuries.

Concluding my letter, I wish you and your families a great month of October, which is a month dedicated to the Holy Rosary and a happy and glorious Holy Family Church anniversary of 104 years!


Abouna Emmanuel Nakhle-Ghorr +

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