As a parish family we are moving closer to our big Centennial Celebration on the first weekend of November.
This is truly an historical moment for All Saints Church as we celebrate One Hundred years of being a “light of faith” to the West Bank Communities.
From the beginning, our ancestors allowed the “light of faith,” to guide them in their belief in a good and just God. It was this faith in God that helped to lead them through those darkest hours of injustice brought about by the sin of racism and prejudice. They allowed their “light of faith” to guide them in their work for social justice so that all our children had a park to recreate in and enjoy. They allowed their “light of faith” with the assistance of the Sisters of the Holy Family, to establish All Saints School, that provided an education opening doors to our present civil servants, doctors, entrepreneurs, nurses, politicians, teachers, as well as many other professions. They allowed their “light of faith,” to become a guiding light to bring others into our church, by sharing their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It was that “light of faith” that filled them with determination and hope for the future.
As we prepare to celebrate our Centennial Weekend, as a Church, as a Community of Faith, remember it is up to each of us to keep that “light of faith” burning in the future. While the times have changed, our mission remains the same and must continue. We must always work for the cause of Social Justice. We do this best by feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty and clothing the naked. We must be advocates for the elderly and the sick among us, making sure they receive affordable and proper medical care. Through our actions and our words, our “light of faith” must continue to enlighten the dignity and sanctity of all human life.
We must continue to work for the cause of education. While our school, All Saints has been closed, our mission in the field of education must continue. This requires different approaches to making sure our children, our youth receive the education that they need to succeed in this world. If we are to keep that “light of faith” burning brightly, then as a church we are called to become active educators of our youth. This might involve tutoring our youth, providing an active interest in their academic performance, and perhaps providing some educational enhancement programs that will aide and challenge them towards a brighter future.
As a Church, we must keep that “light of faith” burning bright as we help others discover that real presence of Jesus Christ in our community and in our life. We must be evangelizers. We must reach out to those who strayed away from the Church and encourage and welcome them back home. We must reach out to those who have no church affiliation and invite them to “come and see” what All Saints Catholic Church has to offer. As a community of faith, it is the vibrancy of our witness to the Gospel that will set others on fire with that same Spirit of faith that enables us to shout Alleluia!
There are many other ways that we must work to keep that “light of faith” burning brightly so many others will come to know of All Saints Catholic Church and be a part of this great Church.
God has indeed blessed us for One Hundred years, and he will continue to bless us over and over again. The only questions that you and I must ask every day of our life is “How am I going to respond to that blessing from God? How will I use that blessing to keep that ‘light of faith’ burning brightly in Algiers and throughout the West Bank?
Fr. Peter Weiss, S.S.J.
PRAYER FOR FAMILIES
We bless your name, O Lord,
For sending your own incarnate Son,
To become part of a family,
So that, as he lived its life,
He would experience its worries and its joys.
We ask you Lord,
To protect and watch over this family,
So that in the strength of your grace
It members may enjoy prosperity,
Possess the priceless gift of your peace,
And, as the Church alive in the home,
Bear witness in this world to your glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.