You will have noticed that we removed two rows of pews in the front, so as to accommodate the choir. This afforded us the opportunity to replace any of the broken or peeling kneelers with kneelers that are in good condition. The padding for the front row kneelers have been removed and will be sent out for reupholstering. The carpet has been ordered and will be installed over the next two weeks. We have also received 100 new chairs and ten new tables with transport carts for the parish hall. Next year we will replace the remaining 50 old chairs with new ones and replace five of the oval tables. We had the Christmas Village moved and it now runs parallel to the stage. We will be constructing shelving in one of the side stage rooms to hold the models and trains. We are working on obtaining estimates to replace the windows in the classrooms…this work will have to wait until we receive a higher level of funds from the Grand Annual Drive. As you can see we have already undertaken a great deal of work which will be funded by the Grand Annual and so I would ask families to consider making a pledge of between $300.00 and $500.00 to help fund this necessary work. We have accomplished a great deal over the past year, and that is in part to the $45,000.00 we received from the Hollywood studio. We were also blessed with raising $101,000.00 in last years GA drive, and that covered the entire cost of replacing the roof on the chapel, church, rectory and garage. Please make a pledge today and ensure our financial well being.

I want to thank Mike DaPonte who sponsored the Ice Cream Truck. The free ice cream could not have happened on a better time with this sustained humid weather. I had celebrated a baptism that day and the church was like a sauna and the family brought with them about fifteen children under the age of eleven; you should have seen the smiles and excitement on their face when they got their free ice cream.

We have continued our summer series of social get togethers at the fish pond. A word of thanks to Joe Kodzis and the Celtic K’s for entertaining us on Irish Night. We raised a small amount of money for the Youth Missions program. This past weekend’s Lobster Roll fundraiser was very successful! Thank you to everyone who prepared the rolls, those who sold them, and to everyone who purchased one.

Your generosity permits us to continue to fund the important work of developing a mission to serve the poor and align ourselves in their spirit in trusting God.

This week the Youth Missionaries will be heading to the Darst Center in South Chicago for their week long service trip. Over the course of the week they will be introduced to Catholic Social teachings in varied settings. The kids will have one day to see Chicago and enjoy the windy city. I like this trip because it introduces the kids to another area of the country, and one which is similar to Boston… looks good on college applications too.

I know many of us know someone who has cancer or may be someone who is battling this disease. The Patron Saint of Cancer Patients is St. Peregrine. I purchased 200 St. Peregrine hand medals with laminated prayer cards, we will be happy to pass them along to patients and family members. See Fr. Carmichael or Catherine Rein after Mass for this prayer card.

August 15th is a Holy Day of Obligation and we have Masses the night before (Tuesday) at 4:00pm and the Holy Day at 7:30am. Also remember this is a day in which to go to the beach and put your feet in the water for a Blessing. This is an age old custom of the Boston Irish and other nationalities. The Marshfield Fair will soon be in town, and I’ll see you there!