This weekend we welcome Andrew Clark who is studying at Saint Charles Seminary for the Diocese of Arlington and who is assigned here on Thursdays for pastoral service experience along with Anthony Albanese. Andrew will speak at all the Masses about the annual Seminary Appeal, which is underway. He is a fine young man open to the Lord and His work.
On behalf of our priests, deacons and parish staff, I extend to all of you and your loved ones our prayerful wishes for a very blessed Thanksgiving Day. This special day of giving thanks to God for all of His bountiful blessings is a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends as we give thanks. Our Mass this Thursday will be at 9 AM and we will once again bless loaves of bread at Mass for you to take home for your family dinner. There is no better way to begin Thanksgiving Day than giving thanks to God at Holy Mass!
Thinking about giving thanks, we have ready a report sharing our Tithing the Tithe efforts for the last fiscal year (2017-18). It covers four pages, highlighting the distribution of some $36,000 in donations to fourteen (14) different charities involved with the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. We will make it available in full shortly. We will also make its various sections available over many weeks to highlight the charities involved. Be sure to read about all the good charitable work your donations to our Sunday collection helps to accomplish elsewhere in addition to taking care of our parish needs. Thank you!
Our Welcome Ministry Team has taken another step in training and getting started. Thank you for all who have already volunteered and have attended a training session. You will be able to identify the members of this Team by a recognizable Welcome lanyard they will be wearing. Our vision here is to have a plethora of people at our Church entrances saying hello and greeting our parish family and visitors to Holy Mass. This is a wonderful ministry for everyone and for families to do together. It is so simple and easy. You arrive 15-20 minutes early, smile and say Hi to everyone coming in, most especially those you do not already know. We are doing this because we see in the face of others the Face of Christ and we want to be sure that all who come experience the warmth of His love through us.
Finally, be sure you have Wednesday, November 28, 6:30pm marked down on your calendars. Come and join our parish family for our first Blessing and Tree
Lighting celebration. We will sing Christmas carols as well as have cookies and hot chocolate for all. It will take place near the front doors of the Church. You may want to bring a flashlight as well.
God bless you, God love you,