I hope all is well, and I hope you’re ready for Labor Day weekend. It’s a relatively quiet day on the “hard calendar” at the parish, as we mainly focus on many behind-the-scenes preparations for the upcoming school year, which makes the school and parish much busier. Here is some news around the parish:
- Tomorrow, we will have our usual First Saturday devotions. This means that we will have 7:30 A.M. Confessions, 8:00 A.M. Mass, blessing of religious articles and expectant mothers, the devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and a time of adoration and benediction. The morning usually ends around 9:00. This is in addition to our usual Saturday evening confessions and Mass.
- Thank you to those who were able to attend the parent meeting on discipleship groups. I’m hoping those who weren’t able to attend will also consider having their child participate. This really is a great way to keep your youth engaged in the faith. Check out the youth ministry site for more information. We hope to have an online video of the presentation given last night soon, so you can watch on your own time. Here’s a link to the youth ministry site: http://www.churchofsttimothy.org/#/youth-ministry
- We registered two new families yesterday. I don’t say that as major news, but it might be an occasion to update you on what we generally do when we have a new parishioner. Also, if you haven’t officially signed up as a parishioner, please consider doing so. New parishioners contact the parish office and speak with me. We set up a meeting to complete the paperwork, introduce you to the parish, review the parish directory and different organizations and activities and ways to get involved or grow in the faith in our parish, and are able to connect in a more casual way. New parishioners then receive parish mailings and envelopes. Later, they receive a call from a member of a hospitality committee, if they are open to receiving that call, so that a parishioner can also welcome them to the parish and introduce them to parish life and help them become acquainted with our parish family. If you’re ever interested in helping with hospitality, either as a greeter or in this way, please let me know.
- Works continues behind the scenes on looking at the capital campaign. Thank you so much for your response to the feasibility study and your love for the parish. You will hear a more extensive update about this in the weeks or months ahead.
- The Pope gave a powerful homily today, as always. This time he spoke about divisions in the Church and even compared someone who gossiped to a terrorist who throws bombs. Read a summary of his homily here
- Look forward to having the blessing of hearing Deacon Ron preach this weekend.
- More than anything, we’re focused right now on the new school year and the added parish programming in the months ahead. It was good to check in with the teachers this afternoon and see them hard at work still making last minute preparations for the year.
Have a blessed Labor Day Weekend. I hope you have a great time with your family and loved ones.