As a child growing up, I enjoyed listening to my elders telling stories regarding various members of the family. In those stories I found information regarding the times and the struggles that multiple members of the family endured as they tried to make a new home in America. Other times, the stories were hilarious especially when the one telling the tale knew some of the hidden facts regarding the situation and the outcome. These stories varied from the first family car, the first television, even some of the practical jokes that were played by those who always appeared to be so dangerous. However, a critical fact regarding all the stories shared is it revealed a little of my family history, a history that is not found in books, or articles or even in the newspaper. Those stories published the personal account of my family, and to some extent, they reveal who I am, a person today.
All Saints has a rich history. However, all of our accounts are not written down in a book, a magazine or a newspaper. That rich history is contained within the various families that over the years have helped to create the parish of All Saints. This history is precious because it is our personal story as a community of faith, and how for 100 years we have come together as a church and made a difference in the lives of many in Algiers and on the West Bank.
As we celebrate our Centennial, I am inviting all the members of All Saints to share their history regarding the establishment and formation of All Saints Catholic Church. That history might be centered on a particular priest or brother and the difference they made in your life, or the presence of a family member, or in the community at large. That history might be focused on other members of All Saints Parish, and the sacrifices they made, or the gifts they shared to help establish our parish family. That history might also be found in All Saints School, with the Sisters of the Holy Family, or a particular teacher who changed your life, or the lives of others.
All these stories and many others have helped to form and sustain All Saints Catholic Church for 100 years. These stories are essential since they also define us as a people of faith. More importantly, if we fail to share these vital stories of our history, they will be lost forever.
Therefore, I am inviting everyone to take some time and write your story of All Saints, perhaps what you experienced back in the day, or some aspect of parish life that you heard your elders share regarding our establishment as a community of faith. Once you have composed and typed your story, please submit it to me, so that over the next several months those stories can be shared in the Pastor's Corner. I am hoping, that a wealth of positive information regarding All Saints Parish will surface which can be shared both in our Parish Bulletin and during our Centennial Weekend Celebration.This will be an opportunity for us to gather and preserve our History so that others who come after us will know and understand that as a people, “We have come this far by faith, trusting in the Lord.”
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.