I hope you’re having a good week. Here is an update on life in the parish and school.
- The picture above shows our new church roof from above. There will be some finishing touches on Monday, but the roof is basically finished. It will be great to have a new roof on our church, to have added insulation, and to avoid leaks in the future. We also have a substantial warranty on the roof and on its work. Thank you again for all of your support for our capital campaign, which allowed this to happen, and thank you in a special way to Don Rachel for spearheading this process with the roof. As you can see, the steeple roof is now covered in copper. As with the steeple itself, it will acquire a patina as time moves along.
- The work on the school roofs are also basically complete. Again, thank you for your support and generosity. Both of these projects, while focused on some basic needs, are really about helping us ultimately to fulfill our mission as a church and as a parish to be that presence of Christ in our parish, our school, our homes, and the world.
- Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful day with your family and loved ones. We will have Mass at 9:00 AM for those who are interested. Also, please join us tonight at Bethlehem United Church of Christ for our Ecumenical prayer service at 7:00 PM where we pray with our brothers and sisters in Christ and give thanks to God together.
- As a reminder, we are collecting food donations for the food shelf at the ecumenical prayer service, at Thanksgiving Day Mass, and in church throughout this week. Please drop off any donations by the Saint Joseph’s altar.
- This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. It is a time of preparation, waiting, and eager expectation to welcome Christ at Christmas, every day of our lives, and at the end of the world. While our world is often very busy and hectic during this time, the Church invites us to take time all the more for the Lord and for prayer. Perhaps you can make a resolution to pray or add some extra time of silence with the Lord during Advent. There are a number of ways to celebrate Advent as a family and individually. Here is a link to Matthew Kelly’s “Best Advent Ever 2016” which allows you to sign up for a daily email and reflection during this time.
- Want to get more out of Mass on Sunday? Prepare in advance by spending some time with the readings. Here is a link to the readings on Sunday.
- We look forward to hosting the annual Thanksgiving Dance as a school at the Legion today as well.
As always, there is much more happening around the parish, but there is a brief update. Again, have a great Thanksgiving.