We received this quarter’s Missalettes late. We are not permitted to have the Missalettes in the pews, but we can make them available to those who are attending our DRIVE IN MASS. Store them in your glove box after Mass. We have 125+ copies and will pass them out this weekend and next; they run through the end of November. We don’t need them inside the Church as we have the Projector Screens which permit us to display the prayers and readings. If you would like a copy to bring home please see me or Catherine after Mass. The Advent Missalettes should arrive in October and we’ll hand them out around Thanksgiving.
Yesterday we celebrated First Holy Communion for our second graders. It was rather unique in terms of being held in a Drive-In setting. It was a fun occasion and one in which the kids will never forget. We are so blessed to be able to received the Body, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. Its worth meditating on the goodness of our Heavenly Father and How He is always watching out over us and feeding us spiritual nourishment which moves our hearts and souls to take us His call to Know, Love and Serve Him, particularly as we treat others with abounding kindness and charity. A word of thanks to our Teachers and to our CCD Director, Catherine Rein, for forming these young children.
As some might know we are not permitted to bring Holy Communion to the homebound and this may be for some time. If you have a loved one who you would like to bring Holy Communion, please contact me and I’ll provide you with a pyx (a container to hold the Holy Eucharist) and will instruct you with the some prayers said before giving the person Communion.
The prayers are simple and consist of an examination of conscience, the Our Father and the Lamb of God. The Eucharist is spiritual food which God wants us to have for our spiritual journey here on earth, and while I may not be able to bring it to your homes, you can bring it to a spouse or other family member who are unable to make it to Church.
A word of thanks to all of you who have contributed to the weekly offertory. Frankly when I was told I was not allowed to use baskets for the collection, I was a bit anxious. The baskets in Church have worked out fine, and we still received offertory gifts through online giving, PayPal and mail in gifts. This entire summer we have exceeded the budgeted amount of $5100.00 and have been able to continue the mission of the parish. A word of thanks to each of you and do know my heart has been filled with gratitude to God for your generosity. We also continue to receive Grand Annual Pledges and I hope we will be able to wrap it up sometime on October. Our goal this year is $70,000.00 and we have raised $55,000.00 to date. If you haven’t made your pledge yet, would you please consider making one soon. Thanks.
Many of you will be receiving letters from the Archdiocese regarding the Catholic Appeal. We normally launch it in early March but this year, the very weekend of the in-pew solicitation, the state closed all houses of worship. We have to date raised $24K toward our $29K assessment. The parish will have to pay the $5K difference if we do not meet the assessment. Normally we raise about $54K but have fallen short this year. If your means allow, please make a contribution this year, if not the parish can pay the shortfall. I mention this because I don’t want anyone to get confused with Grand Annual and the Catholic Appeal, one goes to the parish directly the other goes to the Archdiocese to support the Central Ministries run out of the Pastoral Center.
Lastly, I want to thank the Knights for coming together yesterday to strip one side of the parish hall of the shingles in preparation for the new beige colored cedar siding. We are blessed by their generosity. If you want to join please let me know. God Bless.
Fr. John F. Carmichael, Pastor