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April 29, 2018

posted Apr 27, 2018, 7:40 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we come to the END OF ANOTHER          RELIGIOUS EDUCATION YEAR, I want to thank all the teachers and aides who made the year so special for our children.  Volunteering as a religious education teacher seems at times to be a thankless job.  To be faithful for 9 months of the year for almost every Sunday involves dedication and commitment.  I am so very grateful that we had men and women who were dedicated to the church’s mission of bringing the Good News into the hearts of all God’s children.  Like I said before, many times it is a thankless job.  We do not see the results of our work immediately.  We wonder if anything we say or do will make a difference.  I have been dealing with that dilemma for over 37 years in my priesthood.  All we (and I) can do is to leave the work that we have done up to God to bring to fruition.  We can only plant the seed and we must then step back and let God grow the faith with the cooperation of each individual’s heart.  And so to Jim Hoy and all the teachers and all the aides, please know that I am totally grateful for your dedication this year.  May God bless you for your assistance.  Now take a rest and know that in some small way you helped in spreading the Kingdom of God upon this earth.

 

And along those same lines, I want to THANK Mary Ann Spychalski and her team for a wonderful year           conducting the R.C.I.A. program for the parish.  Each year they prepare 7-10 people to make their entrance into full communion with the Catholic Church. Again, it is a lot of work to make this a successful program and that is why I am so grateful to Mary Ann and her group for undertaking a tremendous job.  May God bless you for all the time and effort that was put in to bring the fullness of the Catholic Church into the lives of our newly initiated.

 

This weekend MOTHER’S DAY ENVELOPES are at the entrances of the church for those who wish to       remember their mothers, either living or deceased on Mother’s Day.  As usual, the envelopes will be placed before God’s altar on Mother’s Day, asking God to bless those moms still with us or to bring to eternal life those moms who have died.  Please take an envelope, fill it out and return it to the rectory.

 

Just a reminder to our NEW WEEKDAY LECTORS – your schedule begins this Tuesday, May 1.  A new monthly schedule will be sent out each month either through mail or e-mail.  If Betty does not have your e-mail address please make sure she has it. I appreciate your willingness to come forth and volunteer thereby fulfilling the Church’s injunction that she have “full and active participation by the laity” for its liturgical celebrations.  Thanks and God bless.

 

I want to THANK all those who are planning to and those who have contributed to the DIOCESAN MINISTRY DRIVE 2018. The totals are absolutely terrific!  So far, 493 pledges we have coming in promising $190,117.00.  When we place that against our goal of $142,237.00, we have $47,880.00 being returned to the church for school cafeteria improvements, enhanced school security, and school air conditioning.  I am so very grateful to all those who are contributing to this important drive.  You are helping people throughout the Diocese as well as our own parish.  May God bless you for your kindness and generosity to all of God’s people throughout our area.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Reasons Why Men Should Join the Choir . . . .

- Rehearsals are every Thursday night. Which means that for those few hours, you will significantly reduce your risk of contracting tendonitis from nonstop operation of a television remote control or computer mouse.

- Because you wear a choir robe every Sunday, you are liberated from a task many men find quite                    challenging: finding clothes that match properly.

- From your special vantage point every Sunday, in which you look out at the entire congregation from the choir seats, you will develop interesting new hobbies. Among these is a little guessing game called "Who's Praying, Who's Sleeping?"

- On the other hand, sitting in full view of 400-500 people on a weekly basis makes it much less likely that you yourself will give in to a chronic lack of sleep. Although it has been known to happen.

- If you think your singing in the shower sounds good now, just wait till you've been singing with us for a few weeks.

- Singing in a choir is one of the few activities for men that does not require electronic equipment or               expensive power tools. This could be good for the family budget.

 

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