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Many good ideas have come from our planning of the parish feast celebration on September 29.  The main thing to know is that we are going to join together for a potluck meal after the 11:30 a.m. Mass.  So please plan on gathering with your fellow parishioners around 12:30 p.m. in the parish center for food, fellowship, and some particularly “festive” extras to honor the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux, the “little flower.”  More info to come on what all that fun will look like.

In two months we will have an opportunity to attend a school of healing and/or a healing service at our parish, led by Encounter Ministries.  This team of teachers/evangelizers has been privileged to travel across the nation and world to teach, equip, and activate the people of God to participate in Jesus' ministry of healing and has seen amazing transformation of parishes and regions.  I was able to attend some of the work of Encounter Ministries over the summer, through a four night experience that outlined their four semester formation program.  I found it to be very fruitful and directly in line and in step with the healing prayer ministry of our parish and the priests who have prayed for healing at our parish in past years (Fr. Richard MacAlear, OMI and Fr. Andrew Curry).  I encourage you to keep November 8-9 available in your calendar for this event as we are hoping to get promotional materials very soon to share more information and open up the event to the wider Catholic community.

The past week has been filled with lots of good noise in our parish, as the boiler and air handlers are being dismantled and removed from the mechanical room in the church basement.  The workers have been quick and effective, and we are hoping to have the boilers shipped to us in just a few more weeks for installation.  The air conditioners have also been ordered and they will be installed probably before Thanksgiving but not before the last heat wave or two comes our way.  Air handlers will be around the same time, and that will pretty much complete the system, including connecting the air to the basement for the first time ever.  Father Payne hall will be a much more agreeable place in the summer after that is done. 

Thank you all for the generous giving to the Small Things with Great Love capital campaign that has funded this important project.  As more funds come to us, we will be able to continue with the other more visible parts of the parish project. 

God bless you and God bless our parish!
Saint Thérèse, Little Flower, pray for us!