This Sunday we celebrate the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we begin a new Faith Formation Year I want to address four things that all of us need to remember, for the academic year as well as all year!
Firstly, a reminder to all parents: we are a safe environment parish and our policy is that any student under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by an adult parent if they choose to use the restrooms during Mass. The reason for this is our restrooms are out of sight of the congregation and ushers and are located by side entrances. We want to ensure the safety of all our youth. Please remember to escort your student to the restrooms during Mass if they are under the age of eighteen.
Secondly, a reminder to all parishioners: please remember that our children are the future of the Church, especially the youngest (and often loudest) among us! To our parishioners who find loud children overpowering, I ask that you please be charitable and rejoice with me in the future of the Church. For our parents of young children who may not be able to sit quietly for an entire Mass, I respectfully ask that you be more attentive to how loud and disruptive your child may be and to remember that we have a Cry Room and that for many children, a simple walk in the Narthex is often sufficient to calm a child enough for you to return to Mass. The Narthex also has sound so you can still hear the Mass! Please consider making use of the Cry Room or Narthex sooner rather later when your son or daughter is having a "moment".
Thirdly, to all parishioners: please reflect on what the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass means for yourself. Is it the most important event of your week? If not, what is? If Mass is the most important event of your week how do you express it? Do you dress in your Sunday best? Do you sing with gusto all the hymns and responses? Do you participate fully? Are you focused in your prayer and thoughts? Do you arrive early and linger afterwards? Do you volunteer in a liturgical ministry? How do you express the centrality and importance of the Sunday Mass in your life?
Finally, as our country remember the events of 9/11 twenty years ago, let us remember all those who died or were wounded during the terrorist attacks that day and let us remember all those who have died or were wounded in the War on Terror since that terrible day. Let us also remember with gratitude all those who have served and continue to serve in defense of our freedoms and to keep us safe.
We have begun a busy September. There is a lot going on and I encourage everyone to read about and be familiar with all our parish activities. Please check out the revised parish calendar below so that you don't miss out!
As part of our Bicentennial Campaign, projects are ongoing on our campus. We have started work on the classrooms in the Family Life Center! While not all the rooms will be completed before the start of our Faith Formation programs, we can all appreciate the fresh look of new paint and new carpet! See the "before" pictures HERE.
It is never too late to make a donation to the Bicentennial Campaign as we receive 100% of all new donations! visit DONATE NOW!
Some brief, but important news and reminders:
We really NEED a volunteer to be the Coordinator of Lectors. PLEASE, If you are discerning taking on a leadership role in the parish and are interested in coordinating our Lectors contact Fr. Dennis by email at email@example.com
The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring the Coats for Kids Campaign through the end of October. The KofC has had successful Coats for Kids Campaigns for three straight years. There are collection bins in three areas of the parish campus: The narthex in the church, the entrance way of the family life center, and in the hallway outside of St. Andrews Hall. Please be generous with either new or lightly used coats for children/teens. Thank you!
Deacon Malcolm's Bible Study "Letter to the Hebrews" begins on Wednesday, 15 September at 10:15AM and then repeats on Thursday, 16 September at 6:45PM. Both studies are in St. Andrew Hall.
Seasons of Hope Bereavement Ministry facilitated by Ann Douglas and Laura Lee Stockdell begins on Thursday, 16 September from 1PM to 2:30PM in St. Ignatius Hall. This is a ten week program with a week off for Thanksgiving.
Our first "MEET and GREET" for new parishioners since the start of the pandemic is on Saturday, 18 September from 3PM to 5PM in St. Andrew Hall. Crafts for kids in St. Ignatius Hall will be included to allow parents to mingle!
Check with your ministry leader for changes to parish meetings. Several groups have chosen not to meet in September!
The 8:00AM Hospitality Hour is taking a break due to the increase in Covid-19 cases. This ministry will return when the weather is cooler and hospitality can be held outside after Mass. The Regular Sunday 10:30AM Hospitality Hour is being hosted by the Knights of Columbus this Sunday.
Our Summer Mass Schedule has ended. This Sunday we will have our first 5:00PM LIFE TEEN MASS! Please join us!!!
Peace and all good,