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Nov. 27 - From the Pastor's Desk

My Dear Parishioners,

I do hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that all of our hunters found relaxation and joy in their annual excursion North, which I hope was successful, exciting, and resulted in your bagging a significant prized trophy.

This weekend we begin a new Liturgical year and initiate our use of the new edition of the Roman Missal. I ask your patience and understanding as we implement the necessary changes in the way and manner in which we celebrate the Mass. Hopefully the homilies and other preparation which we have employed will make the transition easier and even help improve the quality of our prayer.

A few weeks ago I informed you that the cross in our Pioneer Cemetery had fallen, not because of vandalism but because of age and decay on the part of the wood. One of our young adults, Ben Janquart, is preparing to become an Eagle Scout and has taken the cross’ replacement as his Eagle Scout project. His goal is to erect a cross similar to the one that is in the front of the church. If anyone has any information about the construction of that cross (i.e., its braces, foundation, type of wood, etc.) it would be deeply appreciated if you would speak with him and share your knowledge. We are hoping to have the cross in place and ready for a special blessing and re-dedication sometime in the Spring. If you would like to contribute to this project, kindly put your offering in an envelope marked “Pioneer Cemetery Cross”.

Elderly Catholic Sisters, brothers, and religious order priests need your help. For years, these selfless women and men minister for little, if any, compensation – educating the young, nursing the sick, and promoting peace and justice. Their sacrifices now leave a substantial gap in retirement savings. Your gift to the “Retirement Fund for Religious” provides vital funding for prescription medications, nursing care, and more. Please “Share in the Care” and give to those who have given a lifetime of service to the American Church. This collection will be taken up on Saturday and Sunday, December 10th & 11th.

Please remember that our ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE (confession) will be held this Wednesday at 1 pm and 7 pm in the evening. I have a number of visiting priests coming in to help, and so this is a good opportunity for you to go to confession, especially if it has been a long, long time since your last confession. 

We had recently informed you that we had successfully paid off our 2011 Bishop’s Appeal Assessment through your generosity in the second collections. We received a call last week from Josh Diedrich of the Bishop’s Appeal office at the Diocese (272-8197) informing us that the Diocese had made an error and we still owed another $1,500. We will not resume second collections; however, if you are financially able to make a contribution to help retire this debt, please mark it 2011 Bishop’s Appeal and drop it in the collection or mail it to the parish office.

Oremus pro invicem,

Fr. Tom

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