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November 13/14: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

The month of November appears to be passing by even more quickly than the past two months. I suppose that time passes swiftly when a person is busy. Our national feast of Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. This coming Wednesday, November 17th, at 6:30 pm, we will celebrate our annual family Faith Formation Mass of Thanksgiving, with all the faith formation students bringing donations for Freedom House. Please note there will be no 8:00 am Mass on Wednesday, Nov. 17th. The Thanksgiving season is a wonderful opportunity for each of us to count our blessings; often times it is the everyday blessings that we take for granted, that we need to remember and highlight. This year, with so many people out of work, with money being tight, with bills piling up, we are called to thank God for what we have and to reach out to help those in need.

Last week we received a bill from the Diocese informing us that we did not meet our assessment for this year’s Bishop’s Appeal. The bill is for $7,052, and so we will have to have a number of second collections to pay this assessment off. I do ask for your understanding and help in this matter.

Each year, as we begin a new liturgical year, I am also reminded that we are called upon to help our retired Sisters and Brothers who in the past did so much to build up the church in our country and who did this with little or no pay for their services. Their sacrifices over the years have left their religious communities without adequate savings for retirement and health care. Your gift to the annual collection for Retired Religious supports the day-to-day care of thousands of elderly religious and helps their religious communities develop long-term retirement strategies. Please give generously to this collection which will take place on the weekend of December 4-5, 2010.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link:11.14.10 Church Bulletin

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