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September 2, 2018

posted Aug 31, 2018, 5:36 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   this Monday our nation observes LABOR DAY. Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day is set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it   became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day. Be that as it may, I like to see Labor Day in a spiritual vein.  For me, this day helps us recognize that God has entrusted the “workings of the earth” to us and when we cooperate with the Creator of the world, we participate in the Divine Plan for the world.  So our labor here on earth is to build up the Kingdom of God here and prepare us for the Kingdom to come.  Therefore our work becomes part of our spiritual journey to the Kingdom of God and not seen as a “punishment due to sin” as possibly portrayed in the Book of  Genesis.  Since it is a federal holiday, the rectory is CLOSED and there will be ONE MASS celebrated at 9:00 AM. 

I want to congratulate GAIL OLIVER AND LYNN YECINA as the newest members of the PARISH COUNCIL. I am looking forward to working with them and the Council as we begin a new “church year” leading our parish forward to spread the Kingdom of God here upon this earth.

As you all have seen and heard, the Catholic Church has been going through some hard times these past few years. Our Diocese went through this 2 years ago and now we are reliving it once again due to the actions of priests in 5 other Pennsylvania dioceses.  It has been a difficult time for all.  But I do want to say, once again, how grateful I am for the love and support given to your 3 priests during this time.  EVERYONE, EXCEPT A FEW, HAS BEEN SUPPORTIVE and has              offered words and letters of encouragement and love.  For that I am grateful.  I cannot thank you all enough for the backing of the parish.  I did inform the Diocese of this fact when they asked how things are going up here.  Please be assured of our prayers as well as we continue to journey through this  difficult time once again.  And know how much your priests take comfort in               knowing that we have the prayers and support of our parishioners.

In the continuing effort to make our school as safe as possible, I would like to inform the parish that the PROTECTIVE FILM has been installed on every window and door on the first floor.  This film protects the window or door from being shattered completely, which allows time for law                     enforcement officers to arrive.  I am grateful that we have accomplished this goal due to the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT CAPITAL CAMPAIGN funds that are now being collected.  Along with the film, protective doors have been installed on all classrooms in the school, offering                 additional security. Again, I want to thank all parishioners and guests who are contributing to this campaign, making the school as safe as possible for our children. If you might have misplaced your pledge card, more are available on the cabinets in the baptistery.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Paddy and Murphy are having a pint in the pub when some scuba       divers come on the TV. Paddy says, "Murphy, why is it those deep sea divers always sit on the side of the boat with them air tanks on their backs, and fall backward out of the boat?" Murphy thinks for a minute then says, "That's easy. It's 'cos if they fell forwards, they'd still be in the darn boat!"