Message from the Pastor

From Rev. Neil Dadey to My Dear Parish Family

July 12, 2020

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you know from earlier articles written by me through this page, we are slowly moving forward in the REOPENING OF PARISHES throughout the diocese. We are following all the guidelines from the Diocese as well as from the governor and the CDC. I feel we comply with all those in authority. However, the plans we are following are not "set in stone." If we are anything, we are flexible and adjustments are being made at every level. But please remember, we are in unchartered territory. Someone might not be happy with what we have decided to do or someone might think we have to do it their way. We are doing our best in trying to make everyone here as safe as possible. We have a wonderful committee that meets regularly for issues involving the school, which includes teachers, doctors as well as some parents. We listen to input and then come up with guidelines for the school. We have a smaller committee consisting of Terry Stec, Fr. Jonathan, and myself that deals with church matters and everything liturgical. I just want everyone to know we are doing our best. Everyone probably had to make adjustments in their lives since March and so do we in the school and church. I thank you and ask for your continued support as we journey through this time in our history.

I also want to THANK all parishioners for their continued generosity to our regular collections as well as to our various organizations and causes. Believe it or not, parishioners have donated $319,609.00 during the fiscal year ending June 30. For example, these monies went to St. Vincent De Paul, The Gabriel Project, Fr. Ralph’s School, various natural disasters collection, Catholic Ministries Drive, etc. I am very proud of our parish and the generosity shown by our members and guests. Even though we are in difficult times, your generosity is a shining example of what a parish can do, even in dire times. Thank you and God bless you for your example of charitable giving.

A little note from Fr. Ralph - GREETINGS FROM GHANA - Thanks so much for your kindness, thoughtfulness, and love. I am faring well and everything here is under control. The pandemic continues to be scary, and the government has eased some of the restrictions, but it is not helping, because the number keeps soaring. Thank God it has not hit Beyin. There is no recorded case here. I can't believe that it is already summer and I am still in Ghana. This is the first time ever, for 20 years. I am spending more time with my mom in the village. All schools have reopened for the final year students to prepare and write their exams. The rest will continue in September. Everybody is now expected to wear a nose mask. I do appreciate your love and kindness. Thanks for everything. May God bless and protect you always. Shalom!

Sometime in August for September, we will be taking up a second collection for our school, Holy Name of Mary. But I just wanted to let you know how our good friend is doing in Ghana.

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and tells whether you are qualified to be a "professional." According to Andersen Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong. But many preschoolers got several correct answers!

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator? Wrong Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the door. Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant, and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend? Correct Answer: The elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. This tests your memory.

OK, even if you didn't answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your abilities.

4. There is a river you must cross. But it is inhabited by crocodiles. How do you manage it? Correct Answer: You swim across. All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Conference. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

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