FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY…..This week Catholic Schools throughout the nation will be celebrating CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK. This is a time when parishes and parishioners join together and celebrate a great treasure given and sustained by God and His people – a Catholic School. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2014 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The annual observance starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2014 is January 26 to February 1. Schools typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and the community at large. There will be such activities during the week, beginning with the 9:30 AM Mass this Sunday. In my 33 years of priesthood, I have been associated with a Catholic School/s and I have experienced the importance of a Catholic education in the life of a child and I have supported each and every school in which I have been associated. I firmly believe that if we expect our children to live a good and Christian life where else can that process begin than at a school that teaches Gospel values, living as Jesus would have us live, incorporating prayer and celebrating Mass, encouraging our children to witness in both speech and action the life of Jesus. I feel our school provides that firm foundation for our children. I know that we have dedicated teachers, staff and administration who try to impart to our students such values and expectations. We are truly blessed to have such a vibrant and active school. I also want to take this time to THANK all parents who are sacrificing their time and treasure to insure that your child receives the best possible formation, both intellectually as well as spiritually. In these rough economic times, your willingness to sacrifice is praiseworthy and will be rewarded. May God bless you for your decision to choose a Catholic education for your child. And I do invite and parents who are considering a Catholic education for your child to please make an appointment to come and visit our school this week and see for yourselves our “community of faith, knowledge and service.”
As we now are in the Ordinary Time of the church year and with the Christmas Season over, I want to take this time to again THANK all those who contributed so wonderfully to our CHRISTMAS COLLECTION. I waited a few weeks until the great majority of envelops were returned and the results look great. To date, we have received $65,615.00 I feel that is an absolutely wonderful witness to parishioner generosity in response to God’s blessings. As pastor, and a new one at that, your kindness and goodness to the church is greatly appreciated. May God continue to bless you for sharing your resources with His church. Thanks again.
Just a reminder that there will be a PARISH COUNCIL MEETING this Tuesday at 6:30 PM, in the meeting room in the Activity Center.
HUMOROUS and THOUGHT PROVOKING CHRISTIAN ONE LINERS:
- Don’t let your worries get the best of you. Remember, Moses started out as a
- Some people are kind, polite and sweet-spirited, until you try to sit in their pews.
- The Good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come
- People are funny; they want the front of the bus, middle of the road, and back of the
- Some minds are like concrete – thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
- If God is your co-pilot, swap seats.