All posts by Peggy Epley

Living As A Witness

For Sunday, November 1, 2020
Solemnity of All Saints

We Are Not Made For This World

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12a

When I was in high school, I was profoundly changed by the example of Catholics around me. During that time in my life, even though I had grown up in the faith, I was living a life that reflected anything but the faith. I was living a life centered on this world, but my heart was searching for more. I remember vividly one day sitting down and sensing the emptiness aching in the depths of my heart thinking, “there has to be more than this.” That split second of wondering, opened the door to allowing God back into my life, and that door led me to witnessing faithful Catholics truly living out the gospel. It was the example of those around me that poured fuel on that small flame in my heart aching for more in this life, and I remember wanting the joy they had. In this same way, the readings this weekend invite us to follow the faithful witnesses that surround us in the Catholic faith, the saints, and allow their example to embolden our own faith.

The first reading comes from the book of Revelation, which simply means “to unveil.” In many ways, the reading unveils to us the glory that awaits us in heaven and the life already enjoyed by the saints whom we celebrate today. What is most striking to me is when Jesus says they are “the ones who survived the time of great distress.” The saints did not live easy lives. In saying yes to Christ, they were literally called to say yes to his suffering and death in order to experience the hope and joy of his Resurrection, even if that meant martyrdom. In all their differences, the one thing they had in common was living detached from this world in order to gain the glory of the next, regardless of any earthly suffering that brought with it. We are called to follow that same path, saying yes to Christ even if it means tasting the cross in order to experience resurrection.

Paradoxically, that yes to Christ brings with it unsurpassed joy. In high school, when I discovered that the cause of joy in those around me was Jesus, I was shocked to realize that he was calling me to live that life as well. Holiness is the call of every Christian, you and me included. In the second reading, St. Paul shows us that this reality is rooted in the truth that we are God’s children, and if we live our lives as such, we will someday be with him in heaven. Holiness and sainthood aren’t unreachable achievements only for those with special powers, it is the personal and intimate call of Jesus to each of us to live as children of God no matter what sufferings come our way. It is the invitation to open our hearts to the radical love of God and do everything in our power to turn away from sin and toward that love, with the promise of true happiness.

The world we live in today is wrought with temptations to cling to this earth or be jaded by its corruption and ignore this invitation of love. But Jesus shows us another way on this Solemnity. In the Gospel, we hear his discourse on the mountain when he teaches the Beatitudes. The word beatitude means “supreme blessedness or happiness.” By giving us the Beatitudes, Jesus is pointing the way to the happiness we seek and the life of heaven the saints enjoy.

The world will always let us down eventually because we are not made for this world. The Solemnity and readings this weekend help us remember this truth by surrounding us with faithful witnesses who we can look up to and emulate. There was something different about how the saints lived and there should be something different about how we live. When the world is darkened by sin, we are called to be a light. When the culture seeks worldly politicians to lead, we are called to follow the King of Kings. When everyone around us is shouting and fighting, we proclaim, “blessed are the peacemakers.” If we invite Jesus into our hearts, recognizing that only he can fill our deepest longings, and live as children of God, we will someday join the saints and hear Christ say to us “rejoice…your reward will be great in heaven.”
Angie Windnagle

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  All Saints Parish will celebrate a  Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, 9:00 am at St. Anthony Church. The Parish Office will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.

Register for November 16 Community Problems Assembly

Exciting news! 

Registration is now open for CAJE’s 2020 Community Problems Assembly.

It will be held virtually, Monday, November 16 at 6:30 pm on Zoom, and will simultaneously stream live on CAJE’s Facebook page. CAJE will create an event on their Facebook page for those who wish to participate on that platform.

Below is the registration link. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with the link to the Community Problems Assembly Zoom meeting. 

Everyone is required to register, individually. There is an option to register others.

Individual registration enables CAJE staff to have an accurate attendance count.

Register in advance for this meeting:

November 1 ~ Solemnity of All Saints

The Teaching of Pope Francis
Pope Francis is having a profound impact on our church, but what is he trying to teach us and why? 
In November and December, we will devote four evenings to exploring his teaching. We will survey his encyclicals, “The Joy of the Gospel”, “On Care of Our Common Home”, and his most recent “Brothers All”. 
This will be lead by Tom Bogenschutz and will begin on Wednesday, November 11th at 6:30 pm. 
Our meeting will be held via Zoom. If interested respond by email to or
complete a brief registration form below:
Register for The Teaching of Pope Francis
A Zoom invite will be sent to you.

Why do we do that? Catholic Life Explained

Why do some people receive Communion in the hand, while others have it put on the tongue?
And is one better than the other?

Answer: Prior to the liturgical reforms that accompanied the Second Vatican Council, it was the universal practice that Catholics would receive communion “on the tongue,” meaning that the one receiving would allow the priest distributing communion to place the consecrated host on their outstretched tongue. At this time, only the priest celebrant (and, on special occasions, priests assisting at the Mass) was allowed to receive the Precious Blood.

Since 1977 (with the approval of the Holy See) the bishops of the United States have officially approved two equally valid options for receiving Holy Communion in Masses celebrated according to the Ordinary Form of the Mass. As the bishops’ statement Norms for Holy Communion Under Both Kinds states:

The communicant may choose whether to receive the Body of Christ in the hand or on the tongue. When receiving in the hand, the communicant should be guided by the words of St. Cyril of Jerusalem: “When you approach, take care not to do so with your hand stretched out and your fingers open or apart, but rather place your left hand as a throne beneath your right, as befits one who is about to receive the King. Then receive him, taking care that nothing is lost” (no. 41).

As we noted, both ways of receiving communion are equally valid in the United States and it is important that we always keep the instructions of the bishops in mind as we reflect on which method we might prefer.