May I extend to you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving. Please take time to thank God for our Country and the many good gifts we share. We also need to remember in our prayers those who have been broken by the violence in the world.
Please come and join us for our parish Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:00 am. We have loaves of bread and a Thanksgiving table blessing we would like to share with you.
Please note: There will be no confessions before the 9:00 am Mass on Thanksgiving morning, November 26th.
The first Sunday of Advent begins with our weekend Masses on Nov. 28th/29th. We are asking individuals and/or families to light the Advent wreath at the beginning of each Mass during Advent. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the Sacristy. Also, there will be devotional material for Advent in the book racks on Nov. 28/29.
The Way Food Collection
May I thank you for your generosity! There were 272 bags collected for “The Way Food Challenge”. The food bags have been delivered to the five charities.
The Lord’s Kitchen
Please keep our OLG volunteers in your prayers as they will be serving dinner at the Lord’s kitchen on Monday, November 23rd.
Building and Grounds Committee
The Committee met last Saturday with the following information for the parish: The Committee has completed the renewing of the front doors of the church. Thank you to Lenny Poplaski for his work. The replacement of the Church roof will be finalized in late April/early May with the simulated tile shingles that were on display. The estimate for the work is $38,000.
Building and Grounds Committee
We have $34,700. in the roof account. The roof envelope collection will be discontinued as of January 1, 2016.
Also, the stairway from the driveway to the sidewalk has been closed off due to the deteriorating steps. We will make a decision in the spring whether to repair or not!
5th Sunday Rosary
Please join the Knights of Columbus in praying the rosary on Sunday, November 29th at 10:00 am in the Church. It is our hope that parishioners will stay after the 9 am Mass and come early for the 10:30 am Mass to join us in prayer.
Preparations for Christmas
We will provide you with copies of blessings you may use at home. The following blessings will be provided, “The Advent Wreath Blessing”, (Nov. 28/29), “The Christmas Crèche Blessing”, (Dec. 5/6), and “The Christmas Tree Blessing”, (Dec 12//13).
Our Little Church Project
The “Little Church Project” continues. We have received 267 commitment envelopes, and we thank you for your support of “our Little Church”. In response to the presentation I gave you on September 19th and 20th, our parish budget is in balance. Your generosity and commitment, and the staff’s work in cutting spending has helped to maintain a strong budget. In spite of this news, we still have to face our most difficult time period beginning with the third quarter, January 1st thru March 31st, 2016.
Just a note: Our Mass attendance has only slightly increased.
Peace, Monsignor Martin P. Ryan
Saturday – 4:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Sunday – 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am & 12:00 pm
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 8:50 am
Saturdays – 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm