October 17, 2012: The Second Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Andre Bessette

Photo from Saint Joseph Oratory in Montreal

During these past three years, I have written 19 articles connecting our ministry here at the parish to the life and works of Saint Andre Bessette. I draw your attention to these articles as we celebrate the second anniversary of his canonization. This past weekend we celebrated our Eucharist reflecting on these connections of hospitality, healing and hope. Several parishioners said to me how good it is for us to celebrate this event since we all remember the day two years ago when the ceremony of canonization took place in Rome and we celebrated here at the parish with great joy.

Salt and Light Television produced a documentary two years ago about Andre Bessette, God’s Doorkeeper, Saint Andre of Montreal. Andy Noethe has taken the section of the documentary that focuses on our ministry and created a six-minute story. You may also view this section at the bottom of the Andre Bessette page on my website.

I will be live on KBVM radio on October 17 at 8:00am speaking about Saint Andre and our mission of welcoming people on the margins of society. On Monday, October 15, unfortunately, our hospitality center broke a record of receiving 163 people in a two hour period. The need is great in downtown Portland for the basics of life, clothing, food, companionship and housing. Our parish community provides what we can offer from our mission of faith and community.

As we remember this day of Andre’s recognition in the Universal Church, I invite you into prayer and reflection. Pray for the Congregation of Holy Cross, our mission especially among God’s poor throughout the world. Please pray for people in need, people who suffer from many years of mental illness or despair. Pray for people who are searching for meaning in their lives. Pray for people who suffer from addictions of drugs, alcohol or sex. Pray from your own experience of needing God. Ask Saint Andre for what you need. Ask Saint Andre to intercede for people who come to us needing the basics of life. Ask Saint Andre to be with us in all suffering and that our pain may become a source of joy in knowing Christ Jesus.

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