Newsletter to our Elderly Homebound

To all of St. Ephrem’s Parishioners,

Traditionally, the month of October has been dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary.  The month, for many years, has been a time to refresh our love for Mary’s prayer and the Mysteries of the life of Jesus.

We ask, especially, at this difficult time in the life of our Church, that Mary, come particularly close to us with the healing arms of her love and tenderness.

Recently, our Holy Father, Pope Francis decreed that the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost every year. It was during the difficult days between the Ascension of Jesus and the Coming of the Holy Spirit that Mary led and supported the Apostles in prayer.

In light of the grave suffering of the victims of abuse that has been revealed, could we pray the rosary that healing would come to each victim — and that the life of the Church, which is the Body of Jesus on earth, be revitalized and filled anew with the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

I pray with you that healing will come to all who have borne this unique pain for so long, for those who lives have been deeply affected and harmed…may Mary, our tender Mother, support and embrace all her suffering children.

Mary, Untier of Knots, we come to you as our Mother- embrace each of us, as we share with you our pain.


Synod of Bishops to meet in October 3-28

What is a Synod?

The word, synod, comes  from the Greek root meaning to walk together.  It is a coming together, at the Vatican, of a advisory council to discuss how to better accompany all young people in a joyful life and actively build up the church and society.


Pope Francis has called this particular Synod to be focused on the theme of “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” It will be held in Rome from the 3 to the 28 of October. The aim of the Synod is to accompany the young on their existential journey to maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they discover their plan for life and realize it with joy, opening up to the encounter with God and with human beings, and actively participating in the edification of the Church and of society.”

At the conclusion of a synod, there is generally an document offered to all of us, reflecting the discussions that took place during the synod.

Let us pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit so that our young people will hear the call to offer their energies for the upbuilding of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Let us join with Pope Francis’ as he prays …FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN VIEW OF THE FORTHCOMING SYNOD 

“Lord Jesus, in journeying towards the Synod, your Church turns her attention to all the young people of the world. We pray that they might boldly take charge of their lives, aim for the most beautiful and profound things of life and always keep their hearts unencumbered. Accompanied by wise and generous guides, help them respond to the call you make to each of them, to realize a proper plan of life and achieve happiness.

Keep their hearts open to dreaming great dreams and make them concerned for the good of others. Like the Beloved Disciple, may they stand at the foot of the Cross, to receive your Mother as a gift from you. May they be witnesses to your Resurrection and be aware that you are at their side as they joyously proclaim you as Lord. Amen.”