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September 28, 2015 | Volume 90 Number 24


photo: Pope Francis waves to crowd gathered for his visit to the US.World Mission Sunday to be celebrated October 18

Every year on the next to last Sunday of October the Catholic Church around the world celebrates World Mission Sunday. This year the date is October 18th. We are reminded that we are not only part of our local parish and the Catholic Diocese of Richmond but we are part of the universal Catholic Church. Each of us by our Baptism is called to share our faith, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. In Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Sunday he said, “Since Christ’s entire existence had a missionary character, so too, all those who follow him closely must possess this missionary quality. We may not be called to go to foreign lands to be missionaries but we can do that right where we live. In the second year of our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, “Encounter the Joy of the Gospel, and Set the World Ablaze” we are focusing on the domestic church. We can be missionaries in our families.

“Mission is part of the ‘grammar’ of faith, something essential for those who listen to the voice of the Spirit who whispers ‘come’ and ‘go forth.’ Those who follow Christ cannot fail to be missionaries.”During the week leading up to Mission Sunday the children in our schools and religious education programs and those on our campuses are encouraged to focus on some aspect of our call to share our faith and to pray for the success of bringing the message of the love of Jesus to everyone, especially the poor, the sick and those who have no place to call home. Pope Francis in his message on World Mission Sunday said, “I appeal in particular to young people, who are capable of courageous witness and generous deeds, even when these are countercultural.”

May all of us be courageous witnesses of Christ and especially on World Mission Sunday may we be generous in support of the missions and pray that the joy of the gospel truly set our world ablaze.


John M. McGuire, Sr., father of Fr. David McGuire, dies

John Murray McGuire, Sr., father of Fr. David McGuire, died September 8, 2015.

After graduating from Belmont Abbey Preparatory School, Mr. McGuire completed his Bachelor and Master Degrees at the University of Miami followed by a PhD in 1954 from the University of Florida. He worked in upstate New York for General Electric as a research chemist. In 1971 he moved to Athens, Georgia to begin a career with the Environmental Protection Agency.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Harriet Drake McGuire. John and Harriet together had 6 children, ten grandchildren and three great grand children.

Mr. McGuire was an active member of the Knights of Columbus for many years. He was founding member of the Eli Whitney Council of the Knights of Columbus, Past State Deputy of Knights of Columbus for the State of Georgia, was Past State Master of the 4th degree for the State of Georgia, and a Knight Commander of the Papal Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher. He was most recently a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Roswell, Georgia.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, September 11 at the Catholic Center of the University of Georgia with burial immediately following at Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, Ga.


Catholic Charities gives scholarships to Catholic schools

For the fourth consecutive year, Commonwealth Catholic Charities has been able to provide scholarships to students enrolled in Richmond area Catholic schools through its Karl N. and Edna L. Reidelbach Scholarship Fund.

In honoring donor intent, 20 students will receive tuition assistance for the 2015–2016 academic year.

“Many families sacrifice a great deal to educate their children in our Catholic schools and this additional support enables them to not have to make the difficult decision of other educational options,” said Joanne Nattrass, executive director of Commonwealth Catholic Charities. Scholarship recipients are enrolled at All Saints, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Benedict, St. Bridget, St. Edward-Epiphany and St. Mary Catholic Schools, all in Richmond, and Blessed Sacrament Huguenot, Powhatan.

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