FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we entered a new year, many of you have already received your NEW 2015 CALENDAR. I want to THANK Glenn Fleming and Koch Funeral Home for sponsoring them again. I truly appreciate his willingness to “foot the bill” for all parishioners. Thanks Glenn and may God bless you throughout this New Year.
Just for a point of information, sometimes it will occur that the radio BROADCAST of the 9:30 Sunday morning Mass does not come across the station well or does not come at all. If that happens, the fault is with the station and not the hook up in the church. Please do not call here since we cannot do anything about it. Call the station and let them know. We have a speaker in the rectory and can hear when the problem is on our side. If what we hear is clear, then the signal going out to the station is clear. If the sound coming over the radio is garbled or static, the problem is on the other side. I know it is frustrating sometimes not to hear the broadcast. But, we cannot do anything about it other than to call the station. Thanks for your understanding and patience with this matter.
A few weeks ago, we had our PARISH CHRISTMAS PARTY, and what a rousing success it was. Approximately 300 people came to enjoy our parish as a family celebrating the birth of Our Lord. As pastor, while walking around visiting, it was heartwarming to see so many people smiling, laughing, eating and dancing. To see a parish at play was enjoyable. As I have always said, a parish that prays and plays together stays together. That was in full evidence on the Saturday evening of the 22nd. I can only hope that the warmth and love felt that evening will carry throughout the New Year, and even deepen with the passing of days. I want to thank Joe Thomas, the manager of the Ramada, for doing a superb job is preparing everything. I want to thank Chris Kirkpatrick for organizing the event. And I want to thank all those who came to enjoy the festivities of the season. may the party be just the beginning of a great New Year. God bless you all.
This coming week, I WILL BE GONE for a few days to rest from the very hectic Christmas Season. Fr. Mike and Deacon Dave will be in charge, taking care of things that will pop up in running the parish. I will return next weekend.
And a look ahead – beginning February 2, I will be holding another class in the ACTIVITIES CENTER. This time the class will revolve around the Book of Job and the problem of suffering. We will look at the way Job handled suffering and see if there might be any insights for us. The class will run for 6-7 weeks from 7:00 – 8:00 Monday evenings, depending upon the Northern Deanery Penance Services that will be scheduled later on in the New Year.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping. It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her. Looking in her purse, she commented, "Hmmm.... That's funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills." The boy quickly replied, "That's right, lady. The last time I found a lady's purse, she didn't have any change for a reward."