Pastor's Corner | July 12th
Updated: Jul 19
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I want to thank all those who helped make this year’s REBOOT WorkCamp 2020 such a success. We began with a spiritually enriching visit to Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet, VA. The Sisters shared with the young people and adults how to pray Lectio Divina. The youth also did outdoor work for the Sisters and listened as they shared their way of life which centered on a most important virtue: obedience. The latter part of the week involved a clean-up and beautification of the Rectory backyard, as well as building many benches that are connected to the fence, in addition to several Adirondack chairs and tables around a place for a campfire. The youth also built several corn-hole sets. All of this has contributed to making the backyard a much more inviting place. Especially with outdoor, physical distancing, this will be a wonderful gathering place for many parish and youth events in the future. I would like to thank the following people for their time, talent, and treasure:
Fr. Denis Tameh
Kelly and Neil Wilto
Peggy and Gavin Young
Dora and Rene Castro
Hope and Mark Callahan
Thank you for serving as crew leaders, contractors, entertainers and for preparing food. It all worked out to make it a wonderful week.
As we begin a new fiscal year now in July, I would like to thank Todd Brown for his service as Chair of our Finance Council for the past six years. He was instrumental in the purchase of our sound system, the air quality system, and for years has offered his office parking lot for parishioner use on the weekends as extra space. He serves as a Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion and will continue to serve as a member on the Council.
I would also ask you to please welcome our new Chair of our Finance Council, Regis Keddie. Regis works as a financial advisor and on the weekends serves as a Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion. He and his wife, Tracy, have two boys who have attended Epiphany Catholic School and are Altar Servers. Thank you for your willingness to serve, Regis.
Epiphany Catholic School is looking for people interested in several part-time positions:
Physical Education teacher
Extended Day Care assistants (AM and PM)
Bus drivers (AM and PM)
If you are interested, please email your resume to : firstname.lastname@example.org. The salary is negotiable, and the applicant must be VIRTUS – compliant (meeting diocesan requirements for child safety.) Please contact Mary Leslie at 540-825-9017 for more information.
Please register for CCD classes either on paper or online so our director can order the proper supplies and materials economically. We have several plans for how instruction will take place and will reveal the one that most closely aligns with the Bishop’s and the Governor’s covid mandates when the time comes.
I want to thank our Director of Religious Education, Kelly Wilton and her helpers for getting families ready to celebrate the First Communions of their children. Due to covid, the First Communions had to be postponed, and are currently scheduled for July 11, 18 and 25.
Vacation Bible Camp will begin Sunday, July 26 (from 6:00 to 8:00 PM) and continue till Thursday, July 30. It is under the direction of Kelly Bennett, our Evangelization and Youth Coordinator. The children will be able to participate in: Totally Catholic: Rocky Railway! Through life’s ups and downs, Jesus' Power Pulls Us! See the bulletin for more details and volunteering opportunities: we need 5 adults and 10 youth Middle School and High School age.
Thank you to all who helped with our ice-cream social for our parish feast day of the Precious Blood. Thank you to those who volunteered and helped make it so enjoyable:
Claudia and Neil Dodson
Dora Castro and family
Esly Hernandez and family
It was wonderful to visit with brothers and sisters from our parish after all the Masses and to celebrate our patron together.
We are grateful to our parishioners who are able to continue to support the parish during this time as we still have all of our payroll expenses. Thanks to your generosity, we are up to about 40% of our usual income. If you can help us get closer to reaching our budget, it would help us very much.