“Welcome All as Body of Christ”

Archbishop Wester: “Welcome All as Body of Christ”

pictureArchbishop John C. Wester and the people of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe gathered for the 28th Annual Native American Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, August 20.

S Margaret Marie Padilla, CSSF and  S Angela Marie Ybarra, CSSF represented the Felician Sisters at this beautiful Eucharistic celebration.

Archbishop Wester was both presider and homilist. He reminded those in attendance of their responsibility as Catholics today to welcome all as Body of Christ and to be bearers of faith, inclusivity, and peace, especially at this time in our country and world.

Archbishop Wester acknowledged and asked the governors to extend gratitude for the work and presence of the Native American population in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Six Pueblo Governors and Lieutenant Governors from the various nearby Isleta Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, Nambe Pueblo, Pojoaque Pueblo, Zia Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, and families were present. Sister Angela explained that their role is considered both political and sacred for the people.

Taos Pueblo Governor Gilbert Suazo sang and drummed a special meditative blessing in his native language after communion as a song of praise.

Sister Angela said, “We enjoyed joining in this sacred connection in this Eucharistic celebration with our Native American Catholic presence in Santa Fe Archdiocese, New Mexico.”


Prayer for Teachers

Teachers make a lasting difference for generations to come. Most likely, you’re able to look back with fondness for a particular teacher who encouraged you to dream big or helped you hone a specific skill. Perhaps your favorite teacher gently supported you as you struggled to grasp a certain concept and then cheered wildly for you when it finally ‘clicked.’
In many ways, teachers are a bright light, a friendly face, and a gentle guide. Day in and day out, they teach and mold the hearts and minds of our loved ones. The very least we can do is offer our support, respect, and prayers that they would remain strong in the Lord as they prepare for the school year ahead.
As the names of different teachers come to mind, take a moment to lift up our kids’ teachers, grandchild’s teacher, our algebra-teaching sister, or even the neighbor next door who coaches the high school soccer team. Will you bow your head and offer a prayer?
Dear God,
As countless teachers begin to prepare for a new school year ahead, grant them an abundance of Your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and love our loved ones, and may we make sure to show them love and respect in return.
Give them grace as they help students who aren’t thriving, courage to say what needs to be said, tools and knowledge on how and when to speak love, and strength when they feel weak.
When they feel unseen, remind them that no moment goes unnoticed. They are shaping the future in one million small – yet incredibly important – ways every day.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of learning they share with our children. Bless them, Lord, and may they see even just a glimpse of how their faithfulness will forever impact generations to come. Amen.
If you are a teacher, hold onto 1 Corinthians 15:58 and James 1:5 as the new school year begins..
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 CSB

September 1 is the World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation

September 1 is the World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation as proclaimed by Pope Francis. The Global Catholic Climate Movement is providing resources for the Season of Creation and other actions that you can access by clicking here.

SM Faith Balawejder has  prepared Evening Praise: Care for Creation that you can access by clicking here.

You may also use the Common in Thanksgiving for Morning and Evening Prayer found in the Franciscan Morning and Evening Praise on page 1295.