I hope you’re having a great week. There is a lot happening around the parish. Here is an extensive update.
- First, here is the latest look at the school addition project, if you missed yesterday’s post. The materials for the truss have been delivered. We hope to begin work on the framework throughout the rest of this week or next.
- We delivered the revised proof for the directory yesterday morning with a few minor changes. We rushed the delivery and asked that the printing be rushed as well so that you can have them in your hands by Christmas. It will be great to have a new directory with updated contact information.
- Many of you received a free copy of the Advent Magnificat Companion at the Masses this past weekend. Our hope is that it will be a great help for your personal prayer and meditation during this season of Advent. We did run out of them before the 10:00 A.M. Mass but have since ordered more copies. We hope to have them by this weekend for those who have not already received them. There are other resources to use during Advent too. Matthew Kelly has a “Best Advent Ever” program where you can receive short, daily reflections delivered to your email. You can click here to sign up for that. This would also be a good time to install various Catholic apps on your smart phone. “iBreviary” and “Laudate” are two popular ones. “iBreviary” contains the official prayers of the Church that every Catholic is encouraged to pray daily and clergy and religious are obliged to pray. It also has other prayers and devotions and the Mass readings. A quick search of “Catholic Advent” would also pull up a number of apps and devotions specifically geared towards Advent. It is a busy time of the year, but there are a number of ways to take just a few minutes each day to grow in prayer and faith.
- Plan ahead for Sunday. Read the readings here. The focus this weekend is on John the Baptist.
- We had our parish advisory council meeting last night where we discussed and planned different activities and events in the parish. We’re blessed with a great group. You will hear more about some activities and events coming in the near future.
- Today is a typical Wednesday in the parish with the Bible study, youth group, faith formation, and more. We will have confessions for Advent for the 5th and 10th graders tonight.
- Tomorrow, Thursday, we will welcome Father Steve Ulrick to the parish office. He is one of three “episcopal vicars” who help the Archbishop check in with the priests and parishes of the Archdiocese. As part of the rotation, Father Ulrick will visit our parish tomorrow afternoon. He will meet with clergy, some staff, and representatives of parish leadership to have a sense of the parish and school life, the strengths, the needs, and other matters.
- This weekend we will have the CCW Craft and Bake sale. Come check out the crafts and baked goods. There is always a lot of wonderful items to be had.
- This Saturday is our first Saturday Mass and devotions.
- This Saturday at 9:00 A.M. is also our church cleaning. We would appreciate having a number of volunteers to make the workload lighter on everyone. This is a small but important way to help our parish and our church as we try to make God’s house cleaner, more beautiful, and more prayerful as we approach Christmas. Thanks for any help you can offer.
- Thank you again to all those who contributed and worked on the capital campaign. We are currently at $1,082,000. Thank you so much. In case you missed it, here is a full thank you here.
- RCIA begins this Sunday evening at 7:00 P.M. in the school. If you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic or needs to complete their sacramental initiation and become confirmed, please contact me before this Sunday. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Once again, I hope you’re having a great week. Let’s continue to pray for our parish and each other, being especially mindful of anyone who may be struggling or need special prayers at this time.