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April 25/26 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

The Easter Season is that time of the Liturgical Year when we celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist in a very special way. These are truly days of “Special Graces.” Last weekend we welcomed three babies into our faith community through the Sacrament of Baptism celebrated during our parish liturgies. This weekend at the 10 am Sunday Mass Kaiden Engle was presented for Baptism. As a parish community we rejoice as we see our future in these newly Baptized children.

Next weekend, May 2nd and 3rd we will welcome to the table of the Lord all of our children who have been enrolled in our First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Program. Beginning last October, these children and their parents/guardians have been preparing them for this special day. Each weekend their parents/guardians brought them to Holy Cross to celebrate the Eucharist and to learn the prayers of the Mass and to experience worship within the framework of our faith community. Each weekend these children signed their name in the “Special Spiritual Bouquet Book” at our shrine area and by doing so not only affirmed their presence with us but also the promise to pray for our Holy Father, our Bishop, and their pastor.

It is important that all of us realize that the Sacraments of the Church are offered by the parish, that is you and me. They are not offered by the day school or the faith formation program – they are offered and given by the Parish. That is the reason that we celebrate the Sacraments within the context of our parish Liturgies. So please note in your family calendars that at the 4 pm Mass next Saturday and the 10 am Mass next Sunday, we as a parish community will be offering the Eucharist to a number of our children for the First Time! Let us pray that this First Holy Communion will become a life-long practice of coming to the Table of the Lord for these children.

This weekend we once again begin our annual “Stewardship Pledge Campaign.” A number of you have commented to me that you really appreciate the weekly “financial report” that Lori Flanagan, our Business Manager, provides. The report can make all of us aware of the material and financial side of having a viable parish here at Bay Settlement. Like your own individual households, it takes treasure to operate our buildings and programs. Our Annual Stewardship Campaign gives our finance committee, Lori and me, your pastor, the ability to manage the parish operations. I respectfully ask you to give prayerful time and to determine the extent to which you and your family can participate in this important campaign. I realize that economically we are in difficult times and I also pledge to you that I, as your pastor, will make certain that I carefully manage the treasure that you entrust to me and the committees that serve you.

“Oremus pro invicem”
Fr Tom

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