So grateful...

Dear Friends,

Our Forty Hours devotions are completed and what a beautiful celebration they were. Many families were in attendance. Father Cooke inspired with his stories and insights from the Scriptures. The outdoor procession and Benediction on Tuesday were reverent and beautiful. Thanks to Father Giardini for all of his coordination, assistance and planning along with our parish staff and volunteers who took care of so many details before and after. Thanks to Elizabeth Calabro and our choir, cantors and organist. Thanks to our altar servers, youth group members and the representatives from our various ministries and programs. Thanks to Deacon Hasson, Deacon Hinson and our Knights of Columbus. And gratitude to the Verdi Band members who accompanied our outdoor procession and help us lift our voices to God as we processed.

At this time, we also extend thanks publicly to Karen Nealman who is relocating out of the area to assist in her parents’ care. Karen led the 7 pm Spirit Revival Band for 16 years and was involved in other music ministries and parish activities for many more years. We wish her every blessing and grace!

Our Amazing Harvest Festival was another fantastic success last Saturday. Lots of fun and excitement, games galore, bounce house, bingo, prizes, magician, face painting, food trucks, basket raffles and the golden ticket raffle. A profound word of gratitude to Dolores Eichelberger whose vision and tireless efforts makes this family focused event a celebration of family and faith. Thanks also to her volunteers and all the volunteers, youth and adults, who made the event such a success. And, thanks to all who came by and participated and shared in the joy of the Lord.

We received a very thoughtful letter of gratitude from Father Stephen DeLacy, Father Cooke and the Seminarians who participated on the Biking for Vocations tour in August. You’ll recall they stopped here overnight and participated in several events. The letter highlighted the personal events that we hosted for them while they were here with us. They were very touched by the kindness and warmth of our people. I am grateful to Elizabeth and Kathy Calabro and Joan Mattiola for all their work as well as those who helped on Friday night.

Please pray for all our seminarians and for those God is calling to become priests. There are many priestly vocations among the young men of our parish family. May they have the courage to answer God’s call and know that we will support and assist them on the journey.

This past Wednesday evening, our Pastoral Council began their new series of meetings for this year. I am very grateful to this dedicated and caring group of parishioners who give of their time to advise and assist me in the areas of pastoral concerns. They provide valuable insights and help for our pastoral planning and implementation. The members of the Pastoral Council are: Mark Davis, Geraldine Petr, Dan Haley, Joan Mattiola, Angela Lewis (Secretary), Alice Ann Schiele, Kathleen Heil, Judd Strauss, John Woodman (Vice-chair), Reverend Alessandro Giardini, Deacon Jack Hasson, Deacon Ed Hinson, and Ms. Teri Lahey.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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