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November 6/7: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

This past Friday morning I drove to Holy Cross Parish in Kaukauna to attend a Diocesan program on the forthcoming revised Roman Missal. You have probably already heard something about this but essentially on the first Sunday of Advent 2011 all churches, dioceses, religious communities, etc. must begin using what is know as the new edition of the Roman Missal for the celebration of the Mass. What this means is that many, many of the texts that we presently use have been re-translated and we must use the new translation. One of the easiest examples is that when I say to you “The Lord be with you,” you respond, “And also with you.” The new translation will have you respond, “And with your spirit.” When we presently say the creed, we begin with the words “We believe….” The new translation has us begin by saying “I believe….” Just about every prayer in the Mass has been changed, and it is going to take a lot of patience, understanding and time for us to not only prepare for these changes but also to learn the new way of participating at Mass. This change will also require us to purchase new books which we use in the liturgy. Our hymnal providers have already informed me that the new translations will be in the books which we will begin using Advent 2011. We will be preparing for these changes beginning after the first of the year. I will be giving you more and more information on this in the coming months.

Congratulations to Cari and Jason Van Ooyen and their children Abigal and Jacob as they bring their newborn daughter and sister, Alivia Jane, to church for the Sacrament of Baptism. Through this Sacrament, we become adopted children of God, members of his family, and given the promise of eternal life. At Baptism we receive the Holy Spirit for the first time.

This Wednesday I will attend a meeting with all the Green Bay pastors along with the Bishop and those involved in the GRACE initiative. We will be voting on the proposed GRACE budget for 2011-2012. As I have announced previously, the GRACE system will take ownership of all the Catholic Schools in Green Bay on July 1, 2011. I ask for your prayers that all of us in leadership positions will be open to the power of the Holy Spirit in all of our deliberations.

Please remember our parish program “Give Thanks before Thanksgiving” and help us reach out to those who are less fortunate by bringing a nonperishable food item for the benefit of St Patrick’s Pantry. A list of needed food items is included on page 5 of the bulletin.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link:
11.7.10 Church Bulletin

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