Well here, we are at the traditional end of summer ~ Labor Day weekend. Labor Day was established to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers. May God bless all who use their skills, talents and energies to promote the common good and in service to their brothers and sisters. Saint Joseph, pray for us, & all workers. Happy Labor Day weekend to all of you & your loved ones.
Next weekend, we begin our Forty Hours Devotions. As you know, Father David Friel is our guest homilist. He will preach at all the weekend Masses as well as each evening of devotions. We have lots of excitement planned in conjunction with next weekend and our Forty Hours. There is a special raffle for our young disciples to enter, each time they come to the evening devotions. There is a Cider Social in the school cafeteria after the outdoor procession on Tuesday evening. The Verdi Band will once again accompany our devotions during the outdoor procession. And, there is a very huge surprise announcement, which we will make at all the Masses over next weekend. You don’t want to miss the excitement.
Of course, the realities and needs of our physical plant continue to demand attention as well. As shared last weekend, the project involving additional drainage to the right of the front doors of the Church and the replacement of the steps leading down to Locust Street has finally moved along to signing one of the several contracts needed. We are pushing forward with the rest.
In the midst of completing phrase 3 of the flat roof project, we moved daily Mass and Adoration into the main church. During that time, two of the AC units for the church, the ones that have been giving us some trouble and showing their aged condition, finally gave up. [We have a total of 6 AC units in the church building.] As I write this, I do not have a price quote but have been given indications it will be a significant cost. In the meantime, we are limping along with the help of the other units and praying that the weather remains not too hot.
Many of our students have returned to school. Holy Cross returns this week. CYO Sports activities have geared up. Our Seminarian, Alessandro Giardini will be returning on Thursdays (and some other days) to continue his pastoral assignment to our Parish. Many other activities are also getting underway. Indeed, things are moving right along, full tilt.
May God strengthen us as we seek to know, love and serve Him, especially in our brothers and sisters, becoming more passionate disciples who share the Gospel in all its joy.
God bless you, God love you and I love you,