FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I would like to take this time to WELCOME JOHNATHON DICKSON, who is a seminarian and who will be with us for a little time this summer. Johnathon is studying at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Md., and will be doing an internship with us. I am sure he will be received with warmth and love by all parishioners. Welcome Johnathon and may you find in us a loving parish family for the summer.
Also, on Wednesday of this week we will also WELCOME BACK FR. RAPHAEL MENSAH (a.k.a. Fr. Ralph) to our parish. Fr. Ralph is a friend who visits from Ghana. If you remember, he was here last summer and he spoke to us on his school – Holy Name of Mary – asking for your support. Father will be on a little R & R here in the states. Again, I am sure we will welcome him once again.
Since we have had a few funerals in the past few weeks, I want to take this time to THANK THE FUNERAL CREW– Pat Gawryla, Mary Ann Weakland and Mary Davies. They set up the hall for the family who has lost a loved one. They cook or warm dishes to be served and they put the hall back into order after the dinner. What a tremendous service provided. Also thanks to those who volunteered food dishes for the families. Thanks also to those others who help set up for the dinner after the Mass. This service provided for the grieving families is one of the most important ministries we have. Our parish is there reaching out to provide comfort, fellowship and warmth at a most traumatic time in a family’s life. God bless you all who give comfort to the grieving.
Thanks is extended to all those who are and have contributed to the ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL. To date the total of $191,345.55 with 612 pledges is outstanding. I am very pleased with the response. I will be sending out reminder letters to those who have not yet contributed asking to please consider pledging. All monies, now coming back to the church, will be very helpful in going forward with the many projects, improvements that will be taking place this summer. Again, knowing that we are in a Capital Campaign as of this moment, I am grateful that we have achieved this amount through wonderful parishioners. I pray that God will bless each and every one who has helped.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The Pope had just finished a tour of the East Coast and was taking a limousine to the airport. Having never driven a limo, he asked the chauffeur if he could drive for a while. Well, the chauffeur didn't have much of a choice, so he climbs in the back of the limo and the Pope takes the wheel. The Pope proceeds onto HWY 95, and starts accelerating to see what the limo could do. He gets to about 90 mph, and suddenly he sees the blue lights of the State Police in his mirror. He pulls over and the trooper comes to his window. The trooper, seeing who it was, says, "Just a moment please, I need to call in." The trooper calls in and asks for the chief. He tells the chief that he's got a REALLY important person pulled over, and asks how he should handle it. "It's not the mayor again is it?" replies the chief. "No Sir!" replied the trooper, "This guy's more important." "Is it the Governor?" replied the chief. "No! Even more important!" replies the trooper. "Is it the PRESIDENT??? replied the chief. "No! Even more important!" replies the trooper. "Well WHO is it?" screams the chief. "I don't know Sir." replies the trooper, "but he's got the Pope as his chauffeur."