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This Thursday, October 23, marks the 165th anniversary of Father Isaac Hecker’s ordination to the priesthood. Father Hecker is the founder of the Paulist Fathers, and is being considered for canonization as a saint, having already been named ‘Servant of God.’ We have been asked by Father Eric Andrews, the president of the Paulist Fathers, to dedicate October 23 as a day of prayer for Hecker’s Canonization Cause. This will also be the Mass intention this Thursday at our 8:00 Mass. A reception will follow the Mass in the Finn Family Life Center, featuring a film by Father Tom Gibbons, CSP on the conversion of Isaac Hecker. A brochure about Fr. Isaac Hecker, CSP, including a prayer for canonization, is included in your bulletin this weekend.

The Knights of Columbus are handing out bags this weekend, October 18 & 19, to benefit the Helping Center, a food bank providing services to the needy in the area. Canned and packaged food products are needed. Please place your donations in the labeled bags and return them to church next weekend, October 25 & 26. The labels will list suggestions for needed products. Thanks for your generosity.

This weekend, October 18 & 19, we celebrate World Mission Sunday! We are invited today to reach out and help build the Church in Mongolia, the world’s youngest Catholic Church, as well as local churches throughout the Missions, in the most remote areas across our world. Your prayers and generous gifts to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the collection today help the work of priests, religious and lay leaders in Mongolia and throughout the Missions who offer the poor practical help and the experience of God’s love and mercy, His hope and peace. Please keep the Missions in your daily prayers. Please be as generous as you can to today’s collection. For more information, please visit www.IAmAMissionary.org.

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