For some people the fall (referring, from the 17th century, to leaves falling at this time of year) is the best of seasons: the heat and humidity are past and the trees begin to change the colour of their leaves. The rich and vibrant shades of red and gold leaves and the harvest vegetables in their many colours make this a bright and beautiful season even as the days grow shorter. Autumn, as this season is also called, is a word from the ancient Etruscan language that means the passing of the year. By this is meant that the seasons of planting and growing were complete and the harvest was gathered in. Preparations for winter were made and life took on a different rhythm. So it is still today: the return from vacation, the return to school and work; the busyness of life resumes. For many of us, rather than a season of slowing down and settling in for winter, fall marks the beginning of many activities for parents and for children, in the community, and in the parish. With all that begins and continues in the fall, be sure to see the brightness of the many colours of this season as they enliven the world around us.
Father Paul Shepherd, Pastor
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