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October 31/November 1 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of "ALL SAINTS" as we recall all those men and women who for the past 2,000 years have lived the Gospel Message in an special way and are worthy of our imitation and reverence. The companion feast for ALL SOULS is Monday when we remember all of our faithful departed. On Monday evening at 7 pm we will have a special Eucharist to which all are invited to come and remember in a very special way all our faith departed family, parish and other members. As is our custom, we will remember in a special way family members and friends who have died this past year. During Mass we will read their names and present their family with a memorial candle. Why not plan to come and join your parish members in celebrating the Eucharist that evening. Our "Memorial Book" will be on display in the church and you are welcome to add the names of family members, friends, etc who you wish remembered in the Masses offered in our church throughout November.

The second collection this weekend is an invitation and opportunity for all members of our parish family to participate in and contribute to the recent renovations which have taken place in our church. Many members of our parish family have been very generous in sponsoring some of the specific areas of the renewal and renovation, but I think it is important that the larger parish family take some ownership of renovation. I do ask you to be generous and to remember that no offering is too large or too small. If you are not prepared to make an offering this weekend you can always send your contribution to the parish office indicating it is for the "church renovation."

This weekend we initiate our new Tabernacle, and from this weekend on it will be the location where we keep the Blessed Sacrament. Let us pray that we may always be worthy of this "wonderful" sacrament, the presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

During the month of November, especially as we move forward to our Feast of Thanksgiving, I invite you to remember those who are less fortunate and who depend on a food pantry to supply their needs. As a parish we have pledged to support St. Pat's Food Pantry - when doing your food shopping, why not pick up a few non-perishable items and bring them to church and we will make certain they get to St Pat's.

Oremus Pro Invicem,
Father Tom

Related link:
11.01.09 Church Bulletin

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