I hope all is well. Here’s what’s new around the parish and school and beyond.
- Tonight is the Liturgy Committee Meeting at 7:00 P.M. in the church basement. The committee is comprised of all those who help with the Masses and liturgies in the parish, which includes sacristans, lectors, cantors, musicians, decorators, and more. We’re so blessed to have such talented people at Saint Timothy’s who offer their gifts for the Lord and for our prayer. Most of the public roles you can know and appreciate yourselves and their good service speaks for itself. I’m also grateful to the sacristans who work behind the scenes and prepare everything for Mass, baptisms, weddings, and funerals. They have to arrive early and leave a little later and make sure that everything goes smoothly. Selfishly, I’m grateful because they allow me simply to focus on the prayer and the Mass itself. Finally, I’m so grateful to Jane Wurm who is the head sacristan and puts in countless hours and time to make sure that the parish and liturgies run smoothly. Without her, I’m not sure what we would do. Thank you.
- What is discussed at a liturgy meeting? There are reports from each department. (Pastor, Music, Arts and Environment, and Sacristans). We discuss various liturgical needs and the upcoming calendar with its various feasts. Tonight, we’ll cover the calendar through Thanksgiving. Here is a small sampling of agenda items tonight. Again, I’m grateful to all those who attend to these details so we can have a fitting, prayerful Mass throughout the year:
– Holy Year of Divine Mercy – December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016
– 33 Days Marian Consecration – November 5th – December 8th
– Liturgical Ministry Schedule (December 5, 2015 – March 27, 2016)
– Christmas and New Year’s Masses – Deacon Ron
– March 19 (Saturday) Solemnity of St. Joseph – 8:00 am Mass?
– The Easter Vigil – 8:15 pm?
– October Sunday Masses – Mass Attendance Count
– Pre-lit Candelabras
– Notes Posted for Sacristans
– After Incense, Clean Thurible
– Church Dusting
– Petitions for Farmers – Favorable Weather; Safety; Bountiful Harvest
– Liturgy Committee Meetings Scheduled on Parish Calendar (November 5, 2015; January 14, 2016; February
- As with every Thursday during the school year, we had our school Mass this morning. It was the sixth graders turn to read, serve, and bring up the gifts. Every Mass is equally important, of course, but having the students there brings such a great spirit to the church.
- I’ll make a special post about this later, but mark your calendars for Wednesday night, October 7th. We will be having a special concert here in the church at 7:00 P.M. It is free of charge and will feature an autistic, blind, musical savant who has a tremendous story of faith and the gift of every human life. He has played for presidents, been featured on national television, and has had a made-for-TV documentary made about him. Better yet, the concert will be free of charge, thanks to some generous sponsors.
- Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the fall festival next Sunday, September 27th. We’ll have a turkey dinner, live music, a special “train” for the children, among all of the other usual, great activities.
- I saw two encouraging statistics today that I thought I would pass along to you. First, according to CARA, graduate-level seminary enrollments are 5% higher today than in 2000. 56% of them are in their 20’s, compared to 41% in 2000. Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life, and please pray in a special way for our three seminarians. The other statistic that I saw that was interesting was from the Barna Group. Apparently, 21% of American adults in 2015 said that Pope Francis has caused them to make changes to their spiritual life. Only 5% said the same thing in 2014.
As always, life is extremely busy this time of the year in the office. I hope all is well for you. Thank you for the kind comments from many of you, whether on Facebook or in person or otherwise, about these updates. I will do my best to continue them. God bless.