I am not with you this weekend at Masses because I am the Spiritual Director for the Christians
Encounter Christ Weekend for women held at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center. The weekend is a retreat
led by lay Catholics for lay Catholics in hopes of opening up the candidates to a deeper relationship with
Jesus Christ. As always, we are in need of your prayers for a successful weekend. Perhaps your prayers
for our candidates will be just the spark needed to help them grow closer to the Lord. I wish all of you
could be on this weekend with me. Hopefully, you will consider making a CEC weekend in the future.
They are offered twice a year in the Omaha area, once in the fall and once again in the spring.
Some of you may be speculating that I left you in the good hands of Father O’Kane because I did
not want to preach on these readings. They are a bit hard on priests! This is from the first reading: “And
now, O priests, this commandment is for you: If you do not listen, if you do not lay it to heart, to give
glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, I will send a curse upon you and of your blessing I will make
a curse. You have turned aside from the way, and have caused many to falter by your instruction; you
have made void the covenant.” Wow. That is strong language. It goes on: “ I, therefore, have made you
contemptible and base before all the people, since you do not keep my ways, but show partiality in your
decisions.” I am sure Fr. O’Kane will explain all this to you. In the gospel, Jesus goes after the scribes
and the Pharisees who are religious leaders, but are very hypocritical. They preach, but do not practice.
They do religious acts simply to be seen. It would be better if priests, and all religious leaders, would
follow the example of St. Paul today in the second reading: “We were gentle among you, as a nursing
mother cares for her children. With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not
only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us. You recall,
brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery. Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,
we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.” The readings today focus on church leaders, but there may
be a message in there for all of us. Enjoy Father O’Kane.
The parish recently hired Ann Lenz to be our Facilitator of Disciple Formation. She is tasked to
find ways to help each of you grow as a disciple of Jesus. We are all in different places on our life
journey with the Lord and all of us may have different needs to make us better disciples. She will help
facilitate the many opportunities offered by either the parish or the wider church in helping you grow.
One of her first efforts is simply to get to know you so that she can help with the process of growth.
Please take a few moments, if you see her around the church, to introduce yourself and tell her about
your journey in the Catholic faith and with the Lord.
Just a gentle reminder for those of you who have not yet returned your Archbishop’s Annual
Appeal pledge card to please do so. Our parish has received huge support from the Archdiocese and in
some way we should say thank you. All Saints School has received a large subsidy every year from the
Archdiocese to keep it operating and it continues to receive that. At a time when there are fewer and
fewer priests, the Archdiocese has been generous with Cabrini in providing it a full-time pastor. Please
say thanks by returning your pledge card.
You will be in my prayers throughout the weekend as I work with this great group of CEC women. I hope
you feel the graces!