“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.” May these words of Saint Paul from our second reading this weekend renew us and enable us to consciously rejoice in the blessings and graces God so abundantly pours out on all who seek Him.
We happily welcome this weekend Chris Massaro, a Philadelphian Seminarian in second year of Theology who will speak at all our weekend Masses about the annual Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal. As I mentioned last weekend, Chris was one of the eight Seminarians who visited here in August during the Biking for Vocations, the 150-mile bike tour. We are very happy to have him return and to share this weekend dedicated to the Seminary Appeal.
You received a direct mailing about the Seminary appeal with a reply envelope which can be mailed directly back. We also included in the bi-monthly packets an envelope for the sake of convenience. Next weekend, we will hold a second collection also for your convenience, if you wish to return your donation through the parish. We thank you for your sacrifices and generous contribution to the formation of our future priests and the other good works the Seminary does in the formation of permanent deacons and the formation of laity.
I received in the mail a copy of the Seminary’s magazine, The Brook. I am not sure how far of a distribution the magazine gets. If you received a copy, I hope you saw our own Father Giardini and his classmates highlighted there both in picture and in word. We are very blessed to have a newly ordained priest with us here at Saint Eleanor. We are certainly blessed by Father Giardini’s priestly care, compassion, zeal, insightful homilies and youthful enthusiasm and energy. We pray that many, from our own parish in particular, will have the courage to answer God’s call, knowing of our support for them.
Thanksgiving Day is only two weeks from this Thursday. We will once again bless bread at the 9 am Mass and distribute it to those attending for your family meals. That same weekend begins the holy season of Advent. We are hosting a Pot Luck Advent Wreathing-making dinner on Saturday, November 30, after the 4:30 pm Vigil Mass in the school cafeteria. You are invited to create an Advent wreath that evening for use in your homes, supplies will be made available for free. You may also bring your own Advent wreath from home that evening as all the Advent wreaths will be blessed that night. Check the bulletin and our other venues for more details and for signing up for the evening.
God bless you, God love you,