FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I would like to take this time to THANK all those who send me prayers and well-wishes on the occasion of my birthday last week. The out-pouring of love and support was overwhelming. It is very comforting to know how loved and concerned parishioners are towards their pastor. I could not want anything more from a parish. I truly appreciated the “happy birthday song” after the Wednesday morning Mass sung by the children. They were very excited and I was touched by their smiles and wishes also. May God grant me many more years here with you to celebrate not just my birthday, but celebrate our life together as God’s family.
I hope parishioners have been noticing the CLEAN UP OF THE PARISH GROUNDS going on over the past few weeks. Our plant manager Mark Schnars and the guys have been doing a lot of trimming, cutting, planting and mulching. As I walk around the property I am very pleased with the work being done before the snows set in. It is my hope that everyone will take great pride in our parish grounds as you drive past or come to worship.
So far, we have had a wonderful response to the plea for parishioners to sign up for their picture for our NEW PARISH DIRECTORY. We are now entering the months of November and December for reservations. I do encourage all parishioners to participate. I rely a lot on the directory for names, faces and phone numbers and I know many others do as well. Please see Chris in the baptistery area or go online to reserve your time slot for your picture.
PARISH NOVENA – This year we will have our annual 9 day Novena to our Blessed Mother. The Novena will begin on Saturday, October 4 and end on October 12 with the Novena Prayer being prayed after each Mass. However, on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 6, 8 and 9 we will have a Eucharistic Service beginning at 7:00 PM in the church. Each of your priests and Deacon Dave will be the speaker at that time. On Tuesday, we will have our evening Mass, moved to 7:00 PM for the Novena. The Outreach Committee did try to book a featured speaker for each night, but was not able to do so because of schedules. It is my hope that next year we may have a visiting and noted speaker with us. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this spiritual time in the life of our parish.
I want to THANK the Outreach Committee for hosting the NEW FAMILY PICNIC last Sunday evening. Even though the weather did not cooperate with us and the picnic was moved to the Activities Center, it was nice to see some new faces who joined the parish over the last year. Thanks to all who came and supported this gathering. I appreciated the work involved.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - An 85 year old couple, having been married almost 60 years, had died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years mainly due to her interest in health food, and exercise. When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite and Jacuzzi. As they "oohed and aahed" the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. "It's free," Peter replied, "this is Heaven." Next they went out back to survey the championship golf course that the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges every day and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth. The old man asked, "what are the green fees?" Peter's reply, "This is heaven, you play for free." Next they went to the club house and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out. "How much to eat?" asked the old man. "Don't you understand yet? This is heaven, it is free!" Peter replied with some exasperation. "Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol tables?" the old man asked timidly. Peter lectured, "That's the best part...you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven." With that the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat and stomping on it, and shrieking wildly. Peter and his wife both tried to calm him down, asking him what was wrong. The old man looked at his wife and said, "This is all your fault. If it weren't for your blasted bran muffins, I could have been here ten years ago!"