Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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April 22, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

        Today, Happy 30th Anniversary to our own Fr. Tim Brown!  I understand there will be cake for him at St. John’s Coffee Hour this morning.  Ironically, it is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  Also at St. John’s, our Year 2 Confirmation Candidates’ Rite of Sending is at the 9:00 A.M. Mass today.  This afternoon, I will attend the Roc ACTS Annual Banquet over at Harro East.  I am grateful to all who work in any capacity on RocACTS governing structure and taskforces.  Here at the parish it is also Welcome Weekend, and Parish Raffle Tickets to be drawn at our Annual Parish Dinner are available to be picked up as well. Oh, and it is Earth Day on top of all of that!

  Monday, there is no school due to a teachers’ conference today.  Thanks, by the way, to all who have already responded to the recent request to help us raise funds to supply all of our inaugural 2018-2019 St. Ambrose Academy students with a new uniform.  I am grateful to the Knights of Columbus for raising a significant portion of the $3,500 total needed ($13 vest and $22 polo shirt), and to all who have thus far stepped to the plate to do whatever you can to help make up the difference (checks payable to Peace of Christ Parish—thanks!).  This evening, the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 P.M. in St. Ambrose chapel. And our Finance Council meets at 7:00 P.M. in the parish conference room.

  Tuesday, our School Council meets at 4:00 P.M.  Also today, the 69th anniversary of my Baptism, when you look heavenward you’ll notice Venus just to the left of the Pleiades star cluster tonight through Friday night.

  Wednesday, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald, is also Administrative Professionals Day.  Congratulations to our office staff and all who labor in such key positions in all of the places where we conduct our daily business!  Our weekly Community Coffee Hour is 7:00-9:00 P.M. this evening at St. James.  Stop down for a few minutes or for the whole two hours for a cup of coffee, a board game, or just some pleasant conversation.

  Thursday, Happy Birthday to John Griffith of our Maintenance Staff.  This evening, Bible Study is at 6:30 P.M. in the parish conference room, and our weekly Easter Season Thursday Evening Prayer Vesper Service is at 7:00 P.M. in St. Ambrose Church.  At the same time, I will be over at Sacred Heart Cathedral where the Confirmation candidates for whom we had the Rite of Sending  on Sunday will receive Confirmation.  God bless them all as they take their next step of being fully initiated into their Christian faith!

  Friday is Arbor Day.  I hope you’ll all plant one for the future generation—or at the very least go hug one that’s already in your yard.  Those in our Prison Ministry have their meeting this morning at 10:00 A.M. in the parish conference room.  Then tonight there is a Hispanic Charismatic Renewal Mass at 7:00 P.M. in St. John’s Church.

  Saturday is our 2018 Community Outreach Day.  All volunteers will meet in Dailey Hall at 8:30 A.M. to have some breakfast before heading out (with a packed lunch which will be provided them) to the various sites where we will be working.  Also, First Eucharist rehearsal is at 11:00 A.M. in St. John’s Church.

  Next Sunday, thanks for your Catholic Home Missions offerings in the 2nd collection.  At 8:58 P.M. will be the Full “Pink” Moon!  Peace!

                 —Father Schrader