Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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June 3, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

       The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is the name of today’s feast (it used to be Corpus Christi and used to be celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday).  In the Orthodox Church, today is the feast of All Saints, which we celebrate on November 1st.  We remember our deacon from last summer, now Father Jeff Chichester, who was ordained yesterday and today celebrates his First Mass at his home parish of St. Patrick’s in Mount Morris.  God bless his ministry in all the years ahead!

  Sunday here at Peace of Christ, we are ready to break out in Spring happiness with our annual Plant Sale at St. Ambrose (come to the office garage) from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (or as long as plants shall last).  Our Bell Choir will play at the 5:00 P.M. Mass today.  Being the first Sunday of the month, thank you for your gifts in our Buildings and Grounds 2nd collection so we can keep our facilities in good shape for all our ministries.  Tonight begins the annual Priests’ Retreat which I will be attending through Thursday at Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua.  Our retreat director this year is Jesuit Father Damian O’Connell, parochial vicar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and Spiritual Director for Clergy of the Archdiocese of New York.  His topic is “Called to Discipleship.”  May we be in prayer for one another throughout this week.

   Monday are our next 4 weekly 200 Club drawings.  There’s still time to join this year’s club to be eligible for some five dozen summer drawings (including today’s) and the September 21st banquet at Burgundy Basin.  Rosary tonight at 7:00 P.M. in the St. Ambrose chapel.

  Tuesday, we have our monthly Mass at Brighton Manor at 10:30 A.M.  I am so grateful to our special little choir that comes each month to make these liturgical celebrations so special for the residents.  The Liturgy Committee normally meets this night, but instead will gather for their year-end picnic next week on June 14th.  Considering the over 700 liturgies we have here in the parish each year, I think they deserve one!  Today, by the way, is the 50th anniversary of the shooting of our New York State Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles; he died the next day at Good Samaritan Hospital.

  Wednesday, D-Day, we have our final weekly Wednesday evening Community Coffee Hour at St. James from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.  I am greatly appreciative of its father-son co-coordinators, John and Michael Driscoll, who faithfully host this hospitality throughout the September-June parish year.

  Thursday, thank you for prepping your envelopes for the weekend.

  Friday is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

  Saturday is the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  It is also the final component (together with the Parish Dinner and Raffle which we had on May 19th) of the various events which have taken the place of the annual Parish Festival:  from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon, our  Electronics Recycling Event and Youth Group Car Wash will be in the parking lot at St. Ambrose.  See inside for details.

  Next Sunday is the annual Catholic Communications Campaign 2nd collection.  Thank you for your gifts to assist the Church’s mission to spread the Word in the most effective ways.  Lastly, may God guide our annual Time-Talent-Treasure commitments in this month of June!

                      —Father Schrader