All Souls Remembrance and Mass on 11/2

On All Souls Day, we remember our deceased loved ones. A public Mass will be said at the church on Monday, November 2 at 12:10 PM, which will begin a novena that the priests of St. Charles Borromeo will offer for the departed.

We invite you to inscribe the names of those you wish for us to remember and pray for on the All Souls Remembrance envelopes found in the back of the Church. You will also be able to submit names and make a remembrance donation online at the following link,

Memorial Mass for Frances X. Gates on 10/24

We will hold a memorial mass in honor of Frances X. Gates, a beloved and devoted parishioner of St. Charles, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of her death on Saturday, Oct. 24, 5 PM in the church. After the Mass, we’ll induct her into the St. Charles Borromeo Hall of Fame in the back of the church and have a small, socially-distant reception in the narthex. All are welcome to attend.

Young Professionals Gathering on Sunday after Mass

Before we lose the nice weather for the year, Fr. Bill has graciously invited us to hold a socially distant in-person meeting in the rectory garden. In lieu of our regular monthly Zoom meeting, please join us in person on Sunday, October 4, after the 11:15 AM Mass.

This month, we will celebrate St. Francis on his feast day with Bubbles + Blessing of Animals! St. Francis was known for his love for animals and nature, and despite being born to wealth, he chose to live in poverty like Jesus. Our beloved Pope Francis chose to be called after St. Francis of Assisi, “the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation,”

So bring your pets (though Fr. Bill requests no tarantulas) and we will get them blessed in the small slice of nature that is Fr. Bill’s beautiful garden over a glass of bubbly or two!!

Where Everybody Knows Your Name – Donna Whiteford

Dear St. Charles Parish Family and Friends,

It is hard to believe it is the end of September and Fall is definitely here. I often look at each season as both an ending and a beginning – bringing not only new weather and activities but new opportunities.  So this got me to thinking about something Fr. Bill said last Sunday before he made the announcements at the end of Mass – about wanting St. Charles to be a faith community where someone knows your name.

Fr. Bill has spoken about how this difficult time we are living through presents us with an opportunity to “re-imagine or re-found” St. Charles. I’ll admit I was confused when he first said this but after a few conversations I understand that he means that this time is an opportunity for us, the St. Charles faith community, to ensure that the parish is reflective of who we, the parishioners, are today, and who we want to be; that it offers all of us both the spiritual and social programs we want and need to nurture our faith and our sense of community; and importantly, is a place where someone does know not just our name but, who we are.

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Journey to Justice Program after Mass on Sep. 27

To continue our conversations about race and how we, as Catholics, are called to act for social justice, the Young Professionals are hosting a discussion with one of our fellow parishioners Alicia Washington on September 27. After the 11:15 AM Mass, Alicia Washington will share her experiences as a black woman in America, which will be moderated by Fr. John Gribowich.

Alicia grew up in Dallas, TX, and is a graduate of two Ivy-league institutions. As she has gone through life she has had experiences that have reassured her of her minority status but has also had important allies that have lifted her up.

Please join us as we continue to learn and grow in our own community with these deep conversations.

Afterwards we will be hosting a follow up discussion in the rectory garden for up to 10 people. Please respond below if you are interested in attending the follow-up discussion. Social distancing, and masks will be required.

Journey to Justice Discussion September 2020

Congratulations to Our Newly Confirmed

The following students from the Family Faith Program after finishing their preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation in the spring, were finally confirmed by our pastor Father Smith on September 12. Please pray for them that they will always be willing to bear witness to the Catholic Faith.


24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Bringing Truth from the Head to the Heart

Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, Claude Vignon, 1629, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours

Fr. Smith’s Commentary on the Second Reading
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Romans 14:7-8
September 13, 2020

Paul has given the Romans many important insights into the meaning of Christ and his church. We must however keep in mind that he is as much interested in giving the Romans an insight into himself. He wants their help in several enterprises and his reputation is justifiably complicated. He has proved that he is neither a lawless person nor one seeking to eliminate Judaism. Indeed, he has shown both those born Jews and those born Gentiles that he has their best interest at heart. The Christians of Rome at very least know that their view of the new life offered by Jesus has been immeasurably deepened. Yet, there may be some suspicion about how Paul will behave when he gets to Rome. Will he become involved in their daily church life and what will that mean? They have reason to be concerned.

Although the Acts of the Apostles will not be written for several decades the incidents that it relates will have been known. The Romans would probably have known that Paul and Peter had a major disagreement in Antioch and that the Church was very much disturbed indeed divided by it. This was so serious that it required a council of the leaders in Jerusalem to address it. We find a description of this in Acts 15 but more interestingly Paul’s version in Gal 2 especially 2:11-15. The matter remains unclear, but Peter seems to have been trying to create harmony and that his was disturbed by Paul.

The Roman church was hard to hide and had already experienced persecution. They did not want to expose themselves again to this kind of conflict. Paul today is telling them how he would approach their situation. Continue reading “24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Bringing Truth from the Head to the Heart”