Fr. Pat Nields, Pastor l 702 West 11th Street l Neligh, NE 68756 l 402-887-4521
Meets every other week on Sundays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
in the parish hall area.
Meetings are at 8 p.m. the first Tuesday each month
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the third Thursday each month
GREETINGS FROM FR. PAT
My installation as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Francis of Assisi parishes occurred last Sunday,
Sept. 2nd at the 10:00am Mass at St. Francis. I appreciate that Archbishop Lucas was able to make it. In the picture
below are my parents, Jerry and Kathy who came in from Omaha, it was good to have them here. My thanks to the
Rosary Sodality for their efforts and work in providing the refreshments and rolls for the reception afterward.
My thanks for their support on this occasion.
To the parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and
St. Francis of Assisi, please know my door in always open and of my hope and desire to serve the parishes well.
Thank you for your warm welcome! Already starting on my third month!
A brief word on this Sunday’s Gospel. Jesus has
compassion for the struggling and suffering. A man is unable to hear and to speak. Through the touch of Jesus, his ears are “opened” and his speech impediment removed. As the Gospel states Jesus “has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Many times Jesus cured the sick and brought relief to the suffering. Through original sin, death, sin and suffering entered into the world. The Good News of Jesus includes that he has conquered suffering. And, importantly, Jesus has power over sin and death. Interestingly, our Catechism points out that Jesus did not heal all the sick:
Moved by so much suffering Christ not only allows himself to be touched by the sick, but he makes their miseries his own: "He took our infirmities and bore our diseases." But he did not heal all the sick.
His healings were signs of the coming of the Kingdom of God. They announced a more radical healing:
the victory over sin and death through his Passover. On the cross Christ took upon himself the whole weight of evil and took away the "sin of the world," of which illness is only a consequence. By his passion and death on the cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive Passion. (CCC 1505)
Jesus came for a more radical healing, our spiritual healing, to break the bonds of sin and death. My
understanding is God wills spiritual healing (i.e. turning to God and rejection of sin, to lead to eternal life) over physical healing. Prayers may bring physical healing, but only I think as it supports and helps to bring about spiritual healing.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel pray for us!
St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!
30 minutes before all Sat. and
Sun. Masses. After 7 p.m. Mass Sat. and 10 a.m. Mass Sun.
15 minutes before weekday Masses
Thurs. evenings in Lent
Sat: 5 p.m. | Sun.: 10 a.m.
During the months of: Dec., Jan., Feb., June, July and Aug.
Sat: 7 p.m. | Sun: 8 a.m.
During the months of: Mar., Apr., May, Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
702 W 11th St, P.O. Box 259
Neligh, NE 68756
Fr. Pat Nields, Pastor