Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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October 7, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

        Today is Respect Life Sunday.  It is a day of special focus on all life issues ranging from abortion to euthanasia, from capital punishment to caring for the poorest among us.  As we are now one week into this year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal, it is important to note how much our local diocesan Church does in these regards as supported by this appeal.  This is in addition to the $300,000 the Diocese sends us annually to help with our school (almost three times what we are asked to send them by way of Sharing Our Blessings toward our CMA goal).  Thank you so much for getting us as far as we are (see Roster of Appreciation in this bulletin).  As was mentioned last week, we would love to reach our goal by next Sunday, October 14 in order to hold the record for shortest term to goal.  You can watch the parishes’ progress  at www.dor.org/giving/catholic-ministries-appeal/parish-by-parish/ and see how we’re doing.  If you missed the video last week, see it at https://www.dor.org/.  There, you will hear Bishop Matano’s great concern for current issues in the Church, and we can be grateful for his very careful shepherding of our diocese following up on Bishop Clark’s implementation of Safe & Sacred protocols for all who work for or volunteer at our parishes and schools.  Indeed, if you’ve never given to the CMA before (or haven’t in a while), please do so this year to show our united support for all that is being done.  Thank you so much!  Today is also our October Buildings & Grounds collection.

  Monday, Happy Columbus Day (and Happy Thanksgiving to any of our Canadian neighbors who may be visiting us or reading this online).  The Parish Office and School are closed today.

  Tuesday, CYO girls’ basketball practice begins at 4:30—another CYO-supported activity.  Pastoral Council is at 7:00 P.M. at St. John’s.  Tonight, we’ll be doing one-on-on orientation, have our book discussion, discuss reports on our Roc ACTS Taskforces, youth, finances, school, CMA, and the recent North Winton Village Festival.  We’ll also finish up our Vision Statement for the year.  

  Wednesday is a busy one.  We have Staff Meeting at 1:00 in the conference room, Shawl Ministry at 2:00 in the office dining room, ChristLife at 6:00 in Dailey Hall, a St. Lucy’s Planning Meeting at 7:00 in the conference room, the Rosary at St. John’s at 7:00 P.M., and our weekly Community Coffee Hour from 7:00 to 9:00 at St. James.

  Thursday, the feast of Pope St. John XXIII, is our October Lunch Bunch at Noon at St. John’s.  CYO boys’ basketball practice is 5:30 P.M. at Dailey Hall.  Note:  Moon below Jupiter in early evening sky.

  Friday, don’t cook dinner.  Instead, come support our school by having a Chicken BBQ dinner any time between 3:00 and 7:00 P.M. at Dailey Hall (eat-in or take-out).

  Saturday, Happy Birthday to Janet Andrychuk-Tesdesco of our Parish Music Ministry.  By the way, today is the 125th anniversary of the copyrighting of “Happy Birthday to You.”  Today is also our ChristLife Retreat from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. in Dailey Hall for those currently in that segment of the program.  Also, the Men’s Conference is at St. Jude’s today for those who signed up.

  Next week is Crib of Life Sunday.  See inside the bulletin for ways to observe this annual day.  Also our Confirmation candidates will receive a special blessing at the 9:45 A.M. Mass.  Peace to all!

                —Father Schrader