Happy Labor Day Weekend to everyone. This has been a bittersweet summer in terms of the way its been affected by the Covid Virus. We had great weather and fourteen consecutive sunny Sundays! While it may have been awfully humid, I think many of us didn’t notice as much given the Pandemic. I was happy to see so many of our summer residents come visit, albeit for shorter stretches of time. A word of thanks to each of you for bringing joy to our town and parish. I hope by the time you return next year on Memorial Day we will have an effective vaccine for this virus and that we may have returned to a greater sense of normalcy. Do know that you’re always welcome to visit during the off season, and in the meantime I will keep you in my prayers.
We continue to celebrate a daily Mass at 5:00pm in the main church, and all are welcome to join us. Also, if you have a loved one who has passed away and for whom you’d like to intention for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, please contact the office or email us and we will set up the best date for you.
We will continue the DRIVE IN MASS throughout the winter months, and will also make plans to celebrate the CHRISTMAS EVE 4:00pm Vigil Mass in this format.
While this outside format is much different than what we would expect on a Christmas Eve, it will make many feel more comfortable, and it will be every bit as fun. We will decorate the outside space and will work to have Christmas Carols prior to the Mass and then Sacred Carols. It would be nice if folks dressed up like they normally do to celebrate the birth of the Infant Savior. We will have an inside Vigil Mass at 5:30pm if needed. In preparation, we will survey those at the inside and outside Masses in early October, in order that we might get a better sense of our needs. On Christmas Day we will likely have a 7:30am and 10:00am Mass schedule.
Thanks to all those who voted in the Primary Election this past Tuesday. None of my write–in candidates got elected….huh? Lol.
I chose to view elections as a hopeful sign for the country and a way to show my civic pride in our democracy. I hope everyone will take the time to vote in November’s Presidential Election. Good luck to your candidate. Don’t forget the questions on the ballot as they seem rather important this year. Lastly, just a reminder that I can not, nor will not, use the pulpit to promote an agenda or candidate. I realize sometimes a few may hear a homily and think that I might be promoting some agenda or candidate, and that is not the case, as I presume each candidate seeks in their heart to do what is best for the country and her people. What we do promote from the pulpit, is the message of Jesus Christ – to love His Father above all things and to show this love to our neighbor, while helping the poor and needy.
If you’re interested in memorializing a loved one with one of our bricks, please place your order this week or next. We presently have one order and want to send it in as a group order with more brick memorials. If you have any questions please call the office.
Just a quick update on our finances. We have been fortunate to have raised $55,000. to date on the Grand Annual, and hope to wrap this up in October. As you know, much of that money is going to fix the parish hall exterior, which will include new clapboard siding on the bottom half of the north and front sides wrapping around to the boiler room. The doors are on order and should be in place by Columbus Day weekend. Also waiting on a date to do the electrical work in the Church, which again will require us to shutdown all electricity for three uninterrupted days. Thanks for your kindness with the weekly offertory – we have exceeded our weekly goal this entire summer. Happy Labor Day!
Fr. John F. Carmichael, Pastor