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November 18, 2018

posted Nov 16, 2018, 7:13 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you all know this week we CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING DAY. As I grow older I have come to appreciate this holiday more and more.  I think as I grow in years, I try to become more aware of the many blessings in my life and unfortunately at times take them for granted.  This day each year gives me, and maybe you, the opportunity to pause and take stock of how wonderful our God is to us.  As we go from day to day, we can lose sight of His goodness to us.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day this week, may every day be for us an opportunity to thank our good God for His many blessings and never take Him for granted.  Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, there will be some adjustments to the regular schedule.

 

  - There will be an anticipated mass for Thanksgiving Day on Wednesday evening at 6:00. This Mass  is offered for those people who want to attend Mass but might be traveling Thanksgiving morning or  preparing for company that day. 

  - Since the above Mass is at 6:00 PM, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will conclude at    5:00PM  with a simple reposition. Once again, thanks for your understanding in this matter.

  - There will be no 7:00 AM Mass on Thursday or Friday of this week. This will allow your priests  the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends.

  - The rectory will be closed from noon Wednesday through Sunday. Please hold all calls, except  emergency calls till Monday morning. Again, this will allow staff and priests to enjoy a little time with their families.                                                           

              Again, may this Thanksgiving Day celebration renew our hearts in knowing that God is so good and generous to us, His children. May we never lose sight of that fact.

 

As you know from previous bulletins, we are constantly looking at how to make our school and parish safer. With the news reports from previous events, I am sure parishioners know how important safety is for a public space.  Therefore, as you know from the sign on the door, one of the steps to be taken is to MAKE THE SIDE METAL DOOR NEAR THE SACRISTY an EXIT DOOR ONLY. This means that those who are accustomed to entering the church through the metal door are now asked to walk just a  little further and enter the church by the door nearest the baptismal area.  This will go into effect on the weekend of December 1-2.  Again, thanks for your understanding in our attempts to provide parishioners with a safe environment in which to praise God.

 

As you all have seen and experienced, the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Winter seems to be with us and it probably will be with us for a little while.  Because the weather can be so unpredictable from day to day, I have approached the Liturgy Committee with a suggestion that was agreed upon without exception.  Why am I saying this?  After looking at the attendance for our ALL DAY ADORATION ON WEDNESDAYS, it was agreed upon that beginning December 5th we will be ending the day at 7:00 PM. This shorter time is taking into account the darkness that is upon us earlier; the danger of driving on ice, snow, etc. during the hours of the evening; parishioners coming to church falling on the ice, and so forth.  This earlier closing will be in effect until after Easter, at a date that I will inform you of in a later  bulletin.  Please understand I, as pastor, need to be aware of the health and safety of all parishioners who do come for adoration.  And as we enter the winter season, there will be days on which we will cancel All Day Adoration due to the weather or the anticipation of bad weather.  I will try to get word out to you through email.  If there is any question of whether we are having the day or not, please check your email or call the rectory.  Again, thanks for your understanding in this matter.  I am sure the Lord does not want anyone hurt coming to adore Him in the Eucharist.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry. She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!" The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough, there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale. Bob has been missing since Friday.

 

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