Dear Brothers & Sisters,

I am looking forward to my first Unity Gala with all of you!  I would like to thank our two Chairs Faye Shillair and Katy Murray who have been doing an amazing job bringing this event together.  As you know our Unity Gala will be held February, 10th at 7 pm at Moonlight Studios.  I encourage you to purchase your tickets on our website.

We are still accepting donations for our auction.  Please consider donating sport or concert tickets, vacation homes or other items.  Be on the lookout for auction items donated by some of our priests.  Fr. Dominic Grassi has generously donated a home-cooked eight-course Italian dinner for six people at his apartment.  I have donated a couple of items to the auction.  I will be offering an opportunity for three people to come golfing with me at Butterfield Country Club, caddies and lunch included.  I'm also offering an opportunity for three junior golfers to come golfing with me at Sydney Marovitz golf course and enjoy some on-course tips on how to improve their game.

You will be able to bid on these items during our online auction, accessible through our home page, from Friday, February 2 through Thursday, February 8th at 10 pm.  This year, all items except for class projects will be offered through the online auction, and there will be no silent auction at the event itself.

This year, Fund-A-Cause will be in support of WAITING FOR DETAILS projects at St. Josaphat School.  Even if you cannot attend the Unity Gala, please consider donating to these Fund-A-Cause projects.  You will be able to submit a donation on our online auction site, or you can always send a check to the parish office.

Finally, as you know, our Unity Gala also offers financial support to people and organizations that exemplify the spirit of bringing people together and making the Gospel present. This year we will honor the work of the Franciscans of the Eucharist at Our Lady of the Angels Mission.  They do a remarkable job serving the people in their community through their food pantry as well as their outreach to children and elderly in their neighborhood.  Please mark your calendars for the 10:00 am Mass on Sunday, February 4th when we will present them with our Unity Award and a $10,000 check.  

If you would like to purchase tickets, you can do so at this link.

I hope to see all of you at our Unity Gala.  I know it will be a wonderful event!

                                                 
God Bless,
 

 
Important Upcoming Dates!

Sunday, February 4th - Unity Award Mass

Saturday, February 10th - Unity Gala

Wednesday, February 14th - Ash Wednesday, First Day of Lent

 
Mens Group Bowling Night
Thursday 1/18/18 at 7:30pm at Southport Lanes
Men's Spirituality Group Meeting
The St. Josaphat Men's Spirituality group will meet next on Saturday January 20, 2018, at 6:30am in the Rectory.
Social Justice Dinner at St. Agatha
St. Agatha, our sister parish, hosts a dinner and a conversation on race the second Tuesday of every month. Contact Kim Nugent (kimanugent@yahoo.com) for more information. Upcoming events are Tuesdays (Feb 13 and March 13) starting at 6:30 pm.
Tots Playgroup
St. Josaphat Tots Playgroup meets in the rectory every Thursday from 10 - 11 AM and welcomes all children and caregivers! Join us for playtime, a treat, and conversation!
Official Call for Auction Items
Do you have a vacation home you can lend us? Sports or theatre tickets? Restaurant gift cards? We'll take them!

 Contact katymurrayshc@gmail.com or fill out the online donation form on our parish website.
"Instant Wine Cellar" donations still being collected! 
Did you host a holiday party and have a few bottles of extra wine left over? Bring em' on down to the Parish office, the Unity Gala committee is still in need of bottles of wine valued over $20 to fill the "Instant Wine Cellar" Live Auction item. Drop off anytime during business hours.
Last call for early bird pricing!
This Sunday January 14 the Unity Gala "Early Bird" ticket pricing ends! Grab you tickets now for $140 each, the price will change to $170 after the weekend. Sponsorships are also still available, please see the Bulletin for more info.
New Policy for Children in the Rectory
Jesus says, "Let the little children come to me." We love having children at the rectory. However, to keep in compliance with the Archdiocesan program for keeping children safe, we cannot have children under the age of 18 in the rectory without constant adult supervision. If you are in the rectory with your children, please keep them with you in your meeting. Thank you.