PASTOR’S  COLUMN

This Friday, November 22nd, I will be celebrating the CATHOLIC TV MASS in Watertown at 9:30am. Ed Neary will be joining me for this Mass as our Lector. Once again, I want to invite anyone who is interested in attending one of these masses to contact the parish office for more information. This is a neat experience and will give you a better perspective of the how our local church reaches our through the airways and digital streaming (Catholic TV can be found on Roku streaming TV).

The next day, Saturday, November 23rd, is our ANNUAL COOKIE WALK. We are still looking for bakers! If you could bake a dozen or two of cookies, please contact us through email or call the parish office. We need someone to play Santa . . .we have the costume. This year we will be improving the Christmas Village with brand new houses and displays. This is a nice event to start of the Holiday Season, so please volunteer.

The MARSHFIELD FOOD PANTRY wants to remind families that they are located at Library Plaza.  Hours of operation are Tuesday and Friday from 9:30am-Noon Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm and every 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:30am-Noon. Each month over 200 families rely on the food pantry for food assistance.  Thanks to those who give and if you haven’t yet become part of this ministry, please consider doing so this weekend.

Also a reminder of our other Thanksgiving Day project,  JULIE’S LEARNING CENTER. Can you assist these single mothers by helping them fill their Thanksgiving table by donating a turkey and/or the trimmings? Last year we donated over fifty turkeys, and I hope through your generosity we may do the same again.

NEXT WEEKEND is the weekend before THANKSGIVING. If you have a food or spirit that you want blessed for your Thanksgiving dinner table, please bring it to one of the Masses and put it on the table up front and I will bless it for you. After Mass you can retrieve  your food or spirit.

We will have Mass on Monday, Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving Week. I will be taking Tuesday through Thursday at my parents home in Arlington, and will return early Friday morning for the 7:30am Mass. Its always nice to have this time to spend with my parents and to relax.

Just a reminder, folks that the Chapel is open from 7:00am until 5:00pm Monday through Saturday. If you find that the side door is locked please come to the rectory door and we will open it for you. Sometimes the door sticks, while admittedly sometime someone makes a mistake and we forget to unlock that door. We have the rosary playing at 9am, a Novena at 11am, the Angelus at Noon and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm. We have a lovely, warm (62˚) chapel, which is heated each day in the hope of folks visiting. When facing trouble, this is a safe haven which offers hope and a sense of well being. Please visit soon.

This Thursday (11.21) we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Mary. The feast celebrates that in thanksgiving for the birth of their daughter, Mary, Joachim and Anne decide to consecrate her to God, and bring her at the age of three years, to the temple in Jerusalem.  Mary remained in the Temple until her twelfth year, at which point she was assigned to Joseph as guardian. According to Coptic tradition, her father Joachim died when Mary was six years old and her mother when Mary was eight. While the story is a legend with no foundation in history, the point is to show that even in her childhood Mary was completely dedicated to God. From this account arose the feast of Mary’s Presentation.

This is the critical week for us to receive your donation of a turkey and trimmings for mothers heading single families who are assisted  by Julie’s Learning Center. We need to bring them the Monday of Thanksgiving day week. Your help will make a lot of children’s Thanksgiving Days complete! Peace.