Let us Praise God for the wonderful Picnic Day that we has last Sunday. We could not have asked for a more perfect day.
A big THANK YOU to all who gave of their time and talent to make the picnic the tremendous success that it was. A special word of thanks to Tina and Mike Reignier for all the time, energy, long hours and planning that went in to the picnic. Know that it was and is deeply appreciated.
Next weekend, July 7th & 8th I ask you to welcome Sister Johanna O.Praem. a Norbertine nun from our convent which is located about 20 miles from Budapest. She will share with us some of the work that she and the other Norbertine Sisters do with the very poor in their area. The center of their work is in a town called "Zsambek" As a direct result of having lived under Atheistic Communism for 45 years their people suffered physical, mental and spiritual deprivation.
After the change in government in 1990, the Norbertine sisters were once again able to function publicly and they began a Day Care Center and school for children 5 to 15 years of age. They have provided much needed meals, clothing, one-to-one-care and little by little began teaching them values that were previously unknown to them. This year 75 children attend the center.
Vocational facilities were non existent and so the sisters in 1996 began a “Trade and Vocational Training School” for children 15 years of age and older. This year they have 480 students enrolled in this school. From these schools other projects have developed, such as providing adult literacy classes for parents and older members of the community, job training for the unemployed and unskilled, and workshops for physically and mentally handicapped people.
We will have a second collection on the weekend of July 7th and 8th to support our Norbertine Sisters. Know that 100% of everything contributed will go to support these very poor people and the schools that that they attend. Please be generous.
A special thank you to Remus Schott for designing, making and installing the railing into the sanctuary. It is not only functional but also a work of art and rather nice looking. As I “age” and my knees deteriorate, this railing will enable me to climb the few steps to the altar. Thank you Remus for all you do for Holy Cross with your gift of time and talent.
Oremus pro invicem,