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Weekly Bulletin October 23, 2022
by Terrie Evans
Our San Antonio Church community sends its deepest sympathy to Frank Russo and the family of Mary Louise (Stevens) Russo on her passing on October 6, 2022. She leaves children Pam (Russo) Baechle, Tony & Sheri Russo, and Perry & Cinamon Russo and their families. Mary Louise was the daughter of Dominic (1904-1987) and Virginia (Guerrera) Stevens (1910-1970) who resided at 1966 Queen City Avenue and grew up around many extended family members while attending San Antonio Church. After her marriage to Frank Russo, they became longtime supporters of San Antonio Church until her passing. They were active and attended many fundraiser events throughout the many years they were members. Mary Lou was very knowledgeable about the history of San Antonio Church and was always available to help Terrie Evans with her research for the 100th Anniversary family stories for the detailed Centennial Book. Mary Lou was a great lady who had many friends and extended family members who will miss her presence at our 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday. She also leaves Grandchildren: Ryan, Jason, Samantha, Amanda, Nick, Nicole, and Hunter. Mary Lou’s Great Grandchildren, Braelyn, Christian, Sawyer, Finn, Jett, Baker, Aubrey, and Luke. Our condolences and prayers are with all of you. Her funeral Mass was held at San Antonio Church on October 12, 2022, with Fr. Len Wenke officiating.
This Sunday, October 23, 2022, is World Mission Day to support in solidarity the life-giving presence of the Church as we remember the poor and marginalized in more than 1,150 mission dioceses. This day was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1926 for the whole church with the first worldwide Mission Sunday collection taking place in 1927. This Sunday is celebrated as the feat of Catholicity and the universal solidarity as Christians all over the world recognize their common responsibility to aid the evangelization of the whole world. Collections will take place wherever a Church is present to promote poorer parishes, overseas diocese and helping communities build schools, clinics, parish halls and even churches. On this Sunday, Pope Francis calls each one of us to be witnesses to Christ and to recall the bond between every missionary and Christ himself. His message for this World Mission Sunday is “You Shall Be My Witnesses” as Pope Francis states “Disciples are sent by Jesus to the world not only to carry out, but also and above all to live the mission entrusted to them; not only to bear witness, but also and above all to be witnesses to Christ.” Pope Francis says “The call to Mission, is the invitation to step out of ourselves for love of God and neighbor as an opportunity for sharing, service, and intercessory prayer. The Mission that God entrusts to each one of us leads us from fear and introspection to a renewed realization that we find ourselves precisely when we give ourselves to others.”
On this World Mission Sunday, please join our Holy Father Pope Francis in supporting his missions. As we continue to pray and respond to his call at home, we all share in those celebrations taking place in every parish and in schools throughout the world. As we gather on this Sunday, our prayers and financial support will help bring the Lord’s Mercy to the most vulnerable of communities in the Pope’s Missions. In carrying out this mission and with the efforts of our almsgiving in our church community regardless of its size it is fundamental importance to the goal of World Mission Sunday.