Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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July 1, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

       Exhale!  Every one of my 40 years in pastoral work thus far has found April, May and June to be the busiest months of the year with Easter, Convocation, Ministerium, First Communions, Annual Parish Dinner, Weddings, Graduations and the final meetings of every council, committee and ministry under the sun.  I take a big breath on April 1st and then a big exhalation on July 1st.  I don’t know what your busiest time of the year may be, but whatever it is, may we all remember to take time to rest and recharge when it concludes so we can be ready for the next cycle to start up all over again.

  Being the first Sunday of the new fiscal year, I thank everyone for commencing your Time-Talent-Treasure commitments as of today.  Our increased offerings will help greatly to balance the budget for these 12 months ahead and assure that our ministries will be fiscally sound.  Thanks, too, for your special gifts for our school which, as of today, is now “St. Ambrose Academy.”  This newest iteration is built on the pillars of St. Ambrose School, St. James School, St. John the Evangelist School, and St. John Neumann School, and we look forward to the September 7th Gala which will kick off its first year.  More info to come.

  Today being the first Sunday of the month, thank you for your gifts in the Buildings & Grounds 2nd collection to help keep all our buildings in good shape for our ministries.  Also, Garage Sale Donations may be dropped off at Dailey Hall from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M..  And we welcome any neighbors from the north who may be here as you celebrate your Dominion Day.  Tonight, after sunset, look for Venus in the west and Mercury between it and the sunset point.

  Monday, Garage Sale Donations may be dropped off at Dailey Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.  The Rosary will be prayed in St. Ambrose chapel at 7:00 P.M.

  Tuesday, Garage Sale Donations may be dropped off at Dailey Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.  Today begins the Dog Days of summer.

  Wednesday is Independence Day.  There is no 7:45 or 12:10 Mass today, but there is the annual Fourth of July Mass in the Father Edward Zimmer Peace Garden at St. John’s at 9:00 A.M.  Bring a lawn chair.  Refreshments will be served following the Mass.  There are NO Garage Sale Drop-off hours today.  One hundred years ago today were born advice columnists “Ann Landers” and “Abigail Van Buren.”

  Thursday, Garage Sale Donations may be dropped off at Dailey Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

  Friday, we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Benediction just before the 12:15 P.M. Mass in St. Ambrose chapel.  Come spend some time with the Lord!  It is on this day that Earth is at the aphelion point in its orbit around the Sun; that is, it is the furthest it can be from the Sun all year—even though it may feel like the closest.  There are NO Garage Sale Drop-off hours today.

  Saturday, Garage Sale Donations may be dropped off at Dailey Hall from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  It was on this day 70 years ago that the first six women were sworn in to regular U.S. Navy service!  Your lucky number today is 7, as the date is “seven/seven/one-before-eight.”

  Next Sunday, Garage Sale Donations may be dropped off at Dailey Hall from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

  Thanks for everything in 2017-18.  Blessings on all in 2018-19!

                —Father Schrader