This year’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held on November 29 at 6pm at Holy Cross Academy! Look for more information in the bulletin!
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, October 8, in honor of Columbus Day. RCIA will still meet at 7:30pm, and Taize will still be celebrated at 8:15pm.
Plenty of Youth Group happenings to attend! More information on bulletin pages 6-7
Knights of Columbus Essay Contest. More information on bulletin page 8
Save the date! Veterans Appreciation Breakfast, November 4. More information on bulletin page 9
Save the date! Senior Luncheon – October 23 More information on bulletin page 9
Rosary Rally for America – October 13 More information on bulletin page 9
33 Days to Morning Glory Small Group Retreat. More information on bulletin page 9
St Mary’s Annual Report. More information on bulletin page 10
Congratulations on Parish Life Weekend
. I take full credit for the beautiful weather last weekend! Just kidding… St. Scholastica is my personal intercessor for weather issues. Google how she prayed for rain so her brother St. Benedict would have to stay longer on his visit so that they could converse of the Lord!
Stewardship reports that 200+ people sign up to serve in various ministries, groups, and projects. This is a great step as we continually strive to fight complacency! I know our lives are overwhelmingly busy, but the rewards are great when we step out in faith.
Let me thank, especially Tom Fish (Stewardship), Barbara and Joe Walor (Parish Life), and the many, many folks who worked to make this happen. These things don’t get pulled off without a lot of work and we all owe them a debt of gratitude. Because failing to mention the names of the so many of you, I will pray a Hail Mary before I finish typing this sentence, as a prayer of gratitude for you generosity. Done.
I will give you with these words of then Pope Benedict in an 2007 address to Volunteers:
“Volunteers want to be asked, they want to be told: “I need you” – “You can do it!” How good it feels to hear words like these! In their human simplicity, they unwittingly point us to the God who has called each of us into being and given us a personal task, the God who needs us and awaits our response. Jesus called men and women, and gave them the courage needed to embark on a great undertaking, one to which, by themselves, they would never have dared to aspire. To allow oneself to be called, to make a decision and then to set out on a path – without the usual questions about whether it is useful or profitable – this attitude will naturally bring healing in its wake. The saints have shown us this path by their lives. It is a fascinating and thrilling path, a path of generosity and, nowadays, one which is much needed. To say “yes” to volunteering to help others is a decision which is liberating; it opens our hearts to the needs of others, to the requirements of justice, to the defense of life and the protection of creation. Volunteer work is really about the heart of the Christian image of God and man: love of God and love of neighbor.”
Brothers and Sisters, you are wanted, needed, appreciated and loved.
Holy Land 2019: It is not too late to sign up for the Jan/Feb trip to the Holy Land…. we hope to purchase flights this week, so there is still room to join in. Because of the timing of the flights, I did adjust the departure time forward one day, as we will now leave on Jan 27, 2019, and return on Friday Feb. 8.
pax et bonum,