“. . . for whatever you do for the least of your neighbor, that you do unto Me.”       

The Second Collection this week will be for Hurricane Relief for the people of the Bahamas. As you know, many of the smaller islands that constitute the Bahamas were decimated by Hurricane Dorian with entire island populations needing to be relocated to the mainland. This special collection provides us an opportunity to join other parishes throughout the Archdiocese, providing financial help to those most in need. Please write your checks out to St Ann by the Sea and put “Hurricane Relief” in the notation section of your check. If you don’t have your check book with you but would like to pay by check, please put your check in the following week’s collection, again with the notation “Hurricane Relief” and we will forward it along to the archdiocese.  Scripture reminds us of the words of one of Jesus’ parables, “for whatever you do for the least of your neighbor, that you do unto Me.” I want to thank you ahead of time for your  outstanding generosity you offer in these situations and I ask God’s Blessing upon you. As a parish we will also reach out to the Catholic community down there and see if we can send along used vestments and other church supplies that may help in rebuilding one of their parishes.

It is so nice to have so many of our CCD students and catechists at Mass – welcome. We are looking forward to the year, when we will resume our social justice calendar. In the coming weeks we’ll hear from some of the teens who traveled in August to Chicago for the Social Justice Immersion Program.

I would like to welcome Very Rev. Robert L. Connors, the new Episcopal Vicar for the South Region. Father Connors wanted to join us so that he might get a better sense of our parish community and all that we are doing for others; he’ll be the main celebrant at the Sunday 10:00AM Mass. Join us after the Mass for coffee & donuts and take some time to welcome Fr. Connors. In late October,  Retired Auxiliary Bishop, Most Reverend John A. Dooher, has graciously offered to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on our 11th- graders. I want to thank him for his extraordinary generosity  in traveling down from Regina Cleri. The Confirmadi returned last night from their Confirmation retreat at Assumption College. Please pray for these young people as they prepare to be fully received into the Church, and given the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are to be confirmed at the 11:30 Mass on the last Sunday of October.

A reminder that next weekend we will welcome Father John Higgins, a priest from the La Salette community, representing the Propagation of the Faith, for Mission Sunday. Father Higgins will speak at each of the masses about his experience of mission work and how important it is for us to join with this community in spreading the Gospel to those in need. I thank you for the hospitality you extend to him on his visit to our parish.

Last week I attended the Bocce Ball banquet, and am pleased to share with you that the “Holy Rollers” won all of one game! With heads held high we attended the end of year banquet and sat in the back of the hall. A word of thank to one of our parishioners, Eddie Finocchiaro, who was the commissioner of this league and who put in a lot of work to make so many folks happy. We had many of our parishioners playing on various teams, and I was so happy to meet other area residents.  This was such a fun time and a great way to enjoy the summer weather while getting to know other townspeople.

Join us during the week in the Chapel for our videos of the Rosary (9am),  Novena (11am), Angelus (Noon) and Divine Mercy Chaplet (3pm) Monday through Saturday. Also watch our daily homily on FB.