As I am on retreat this week I will be brief. Please keep in the mind the following:
The All Saints Day Festival is planned for 30 October from 6:00 to 8:00PM in place of our Annual Parish Picnic and Fall Festival. This event will be catered, shorter in duration, but just as fun and exciting. See the flyer below and plan on attending! As this is a catered event you must sign up to attend! So, SIGN UP TODAY!!!
I am attending the Annual Priest Retreat at Kanuga Conference Center this week until 7 October. Please pray for our Bishop and all our Diocesan Priests as we gather for the first time in over two years to renew ourselves spiritually, physically and mentally. Please note, due to this retreat, there will be no Daily Mass on 4, 5 and 6 October. I will have Daily Mass on 7 and 8 October.
Some brief, but important news and reminders:
The 8:00AM Hospitality Hour has returned, weather permitting. This ministry will be held outside, weather permitting, after Mass. The 10:30AM Hospitality
Hour will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus this Sunday.
This Sunday we have a Parish Blood Drive. You can sign up for an appointment HERE or walk-in after Mass. Walk-ins are welcome as sometimes people miss their appointment or are unable to donate blood for various reasons.
The Boy Scouts Annual Pumpkin Patch is ongoing until the end of October. Please be sure to support our Parish Troop and buy your pumpkins from the patch in front of the Church. Thank you!
The Women's Club will have a bassinet and poster in the Narthex of the church to collect baby items for Birthright. Birthright of Columbia is a non-profit organization that provides caring, non-judgmental support to girls and women facing an unplanned pregnancy. New, or gently used, baby items are needed including baby clothes, diapers, wipes, blankets, bibs, bottles and similar items, but not items such as furniture or car seats. Thank you for your generosity!
The Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Campaign collection bin has been moved to the Volkommer Bell Tower. So far 102 coats have been collected to help needy students. Additional areas to leave donated coats are located in the entrance way of the Family Life Center and in the hallway outside of St. Andrew Hall. Please be generous with either new or lightly used coats for children/teens. Thank you!
Friendly Voices, our parish phone tree and neighborhood ministry, will be on the plaza in front of the church 23 and 24 October to share information about this important parish initiative. Please see their flyer HERE and plan on stopping at their table to learn more and sign-up to be a part of this ministry.
We are having a 40 Hour Devotion in the Adoration Chapel the weekend of 28-30 October. To sign-up and for more information see: ADORATION
We are having a Christ the King Procession, celebratory meal and veneration of Holy Relics on 31 October. Sign up for the meal is required. Veneration is free to the public. Sign-up HERE to eat!
Veneration of Holy Relics : Family Life Center (FLC)
In honor of Christ the King and the eve of the Feast of All Saints, we are honored to have a local, lay Catholic who has generously offered us a presentation and veneration from his domestic shrine of over 500 Holy Relics; All may come to see, venerate, and pray before Relics of the True Cross & Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Lady's Hair & Clothing, along with Relics of Apostles & other Saints, in the Family Life Center after the procession. Date: 10/31/2021 (Sun.) Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm EDT. Location: OLL Family Life Center
Our Bicentennial Campaign projects are slowing down during the Fall to allow Faith Formation, meetings, and other Fall activities to resume. Planning continues for several projects such as new HVAC for the Family Life Center, new campus signage, a Columbarium for the parish cemetery and a fountain for the front of the church. Please continue to be patient with our progress. A great deal of planning and work must be done before any visible progress takes place! Be assured, we are working on all these projects.
It is never too late to make a donation to the Bicentennial Campaign as we receive 100% of all new donations! visit DONATE NOW!
Our Summer Mass Schedule has ended and the 5:00PM LIFE TEEN MASS has returned! Please join us!!!
Peace and all good,