Pastor's Corner 10/6
Updated: Nov 13, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Some people have asked if the parish could host a Halloween party on the eve of All Saints Day, October 31, in the parish hall after the 7 PM Mass. It was suggested that some parents would want to bring their children to that, and each family could bring candy or something to give out, and we could set up various stations around the hall. I am open to that idea, but I would like to see if anyone would like to organize it. The parish could definitely provide some sweets, but we would need a coordinator. If someone would even want to organize some games or competitions for the children, that would be nice. If you would like to volunteer
for this, or are interested in the idea, please let us know at the rectory office.
Please leave the second last pew in the church on both sides available for families with children under six years old. If you are not attending with a child under six years old, please do not sit in these pews. Even if Mass has already begun and the pews seem available, families sometimes arrive 10 minutes after Mass has begun and need to be able to sit in this area. Also please only use the Cry Room if you have young children or a child with a special need.
Last Sunday we are shared the financial report from the previous fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2019. If you did not get a copy of this report, there should be one at the end of your pew. If there isn’t one left in your pew, please ask the rectory office for one.
The month of October is dedicated to our Lady with a focus on the rosary. We will be praying the rosary about 25 minutes before each Sunday Mass. Please consider leading the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. You can sign up in the vestibule. Also please come early so that you can pray the rosary with the community. Unfortunately, some of our younger parishioners do not know how to pray the rosary; this is a good opportunity to learn how to pray this beautiful prayer.
Sunday, October 6, we are participating in the annual Life Chain from 2 to 3 PM on the sidewalk along James Madison Highway between Burger King and Ira Hoffman Drive. Please join us as we witness to the dignity of every human life, made in the image and likeness of God.
Last week, on Saturday, September 28, some pro-abortion people tried to set fire to the Cathedral in Mexico City. According to one news report, the police and firefighters were only emboldened to intervene once determined Catholic faithful made it clear that they would defend their cathedral themselves if need be. (Sadly, a few years ago in 2013 when some pro-abortionists attacked some Catholics protecting the Cathedral in San Juan, Argentina from vandalism, the police stood by and did nothing.) As your pastor, I would ask you
to offer some prayers and sacrifices in reparation for this sacrilege. As our faith, and symbols of our faith are increasingly attacked, we may have to become more willing to defend our faith and pray and sacrifice more often for those who attack it.
Now that we have finished with our parking project which cost the parish a significant amount of money, we are trying to get our neighbors to not park in our parking lot on Saturdays and Sundays. I’m afraid we will have to begin to call a towing company, so please do not leave a car parked in our parking lot between 11 PM on Saturdays and 7 AM on Sundays without informing us at the rectory office ahead of time.