Today’s Gospel is the interesting account of the persistent widow and the dishonest judge. She is the victor in spite of how she is treated. This is a victory for what a woman in her position in society could do. This is encouraging for those who may be hesitant to stand up for what they know is right. Jesus uses the example of ordinary people to show heroic action in difficult circumstances. He joins his life to ours and encourages us to act the same.

Several activities are coming up soon: next Saturday, October 26, there is a Wills Seminar after the 4 PM Mass in the Clare Room. This is a great opportunity to ask questions that you may have and to hear about ways to plan for the future. It is free and will begin about 5 PM.

Also on Saturday, October 26, the Filipino Community is sponsoring a Costume Party with food and music. It is always interesting to see how people will come dressed to this event. This promises to be a fun evening.

Commemorative Journals are available at the reception desk. This beautiful book celebrates St. Francis Church’s 175 Years of presence in midtown Manhattan. Some history, our ministries, photos and sponsors make up this Journal. Stop by and take a look at it.

-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.