FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Monday our nation celebrates LABOR DAY. Traditionally this day marks the end of the summer vacation time. However, spiritually, I believe that it is a time to remember that work is NOT a burden to be endured. But, it can be a time when we realize that we are participating in the continuation of God’s creative purposes. Yes, it can be a chore at times, but if we see it as a participation in God’s creative on-going process, then it can become a “holy endeavor.” Only God’s grace can bring us that understanding. Therefore we will celebrate Labor Day with one Mass on Monday and that being celebrated at 9:00 AM. There will be NO 7:00 AM Mass. The church office/rectory also will be closed that day, allowing the staff to enjoy the time with family and friends. It will reopen on Tuesday for normal business hours.
A NOTE OF CAUTION TO MORNING MASS PARTICIPANTS – When coming and going to the daily Masses, please enter and exit the property by the WESTERLY PARKWAY entrance. More than once have I been told by parishioners that they almost hit a child being dropped off for school and running across the parking lot while people were exiting the Saxton Drive entrance to the church property. I know this might take another minute or so of your time; but a minute is truly worth having a child safely enter the school. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.
AND A NOTE TO PARENTS DROPPING OFF YOUR CHILD – please use the SAXTON STREET entrance for dropping off your child and exit by the WESTERLY PARKWAY exit. Do not drop off your child in front of the school by the offices. That will now be reserved for buses coming in and leaving our premises. The instructions were sent to you through e-mail a week or so ago and it is very important that the regulations be followed. The safety of our children is of utmost importance. I do not want to see a child hurt by running in-between cars or darting out of a car, not paying attention to the surroundings. Again, thanks for your help in this matter. A few minutes to insure the safety of our children is worth it!
This week, I will be GOING ON RETREAT. Because the summers are so busy around here, I usually wait until the fall, especially after school begins to take my canonical mandated retreat. Please if I may ask – keep me in your prayers as I spend some time with the Lord, without phone, doors or appointments to worry about. God bless and thanks.
Because I will be away on retreat, there will be NEITHER EVENING MASS ON TUESDAY NOR CONFESSIONS. This will help the priests with their schedules as well.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK AND HOW TRUE - A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph’s Hospital. She timidly asked if it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing." The operator said, “I'll be glad to help, dear. What's the name and room number of the patient? The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said, "Norma Findlay, Room 302." The operator replied, "Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurse's Station for that room." After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone and said, "I have Good news. Her nurse just told me that Norma is doing well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back normal and her Physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged tomorrow." The grandmother said, "Thank you. That's wonderful. I was so worried. God bless you for the good news." The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?" The grandmother said, "No, I'm Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one tells me anything."