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In this season of thanksgiving, a sincere 'thank you' is in order to everyone who supports our congregation throughout the year with their attendance, service and regular financial contributions.

For those of you who are interested, the church offers electronic giving options for making donations on a scheduled, automated basis. It's convenient for you and provides much-needed financial consistency for the church. You can pick up an authorization form at the church entrances, in the office or download one here.

 

Saturday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.

Come explore the saints and scoundrels of our Church's history! Join us for food, fun, and (in)fallibility during this fun family night featuring Fr. Tom!

The event will take place in the Parish Hall after the 5:30 pm Mass this Saturday!

All are welcome!

 

Sunday, November 10 — Parish Center, after the 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Masses

Make Your Own Breakfast Burrito, Fruit, Coffee & Juice. Adults: $ 5.00 / Family: $15.00 Age 5 and under: Free

Sponsored by: 8th Grade Faith Formation Class/Families

This weekend we are offering the Anointing of the Sick at all Masses. This is one of the seven Sacraments of the Church and, along with Reconciliation, a sacrament of healing. Anyone with a serious illness or infirmed by age is welcome to receive the anointing. We also want to highlight this weekend the ministry of our parish Healing Prayer group. This group reflects on the scriptures and the many aspects of God's healing and offers prayer for those who would like that. Members of the Healing Prayer group will be available in the daily Mass chapel after Masses this weekend, and they will be happy to give information, to talk, or to pray with you.

Throughout the month of November, we are reminded that this life is passing, but that God has greater plans than the eye can see.

This is the weekend of the Installation Mass for a new pastor. For those attending the 5:30 Mass this weekend, we welcome our regional vicar, Monsignor Schooler for this rite, and we invite everyone for a reception in the parish hall after Mass. I don't expect that you'll notice much difference between your new official pastor and your old unofficial pastor of the past 12 weeks.

This Friday, November 1, is the Feast of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation. This is one of my favorite feasts, a chance to take a good look at all of those heroes in the faith who have lived before us. We have decided not to have a vigil Mass on Thursday evening because of all the trick-or-treating activity that evening. Our Masses on Friday will be held at 8:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

Next weekend, Msgr. Bill Schooler, our regional vicar, will join us at the 5:30 Saturday evening Mass for a ceremony installing a new pastor. (After three months, I'm not exactly a new pastor any more, but this is the earliest we could find a mutually workable date.) I will be asked to repeat my priestly vows and to lead the people of the parish in professing the faith. The parish staff and the Parish Pastoral Council will be recognized, and the vicar will speak for the bishop in presenting me to the parish. We'll have a simple reception afterward.

I was gone for two and a half days this week for a priest Continuing Education program. The topic was preaching. Now that I'm back, let's see if anyone notices an improvement.

Since I've come to this parish, I've had many friends from Fort Wayne stop by for a visit. I've given a lot of tours of our facilities. People from other parishes are very impressed with what they've seen. Our beautiful grounds, the interesting architecture of the church, the daily Mass chapel, the rectory, the gym and kitchen, the exercise room and the youth rooms, the art in our church, the parish bus, the food pantry, the high-tech sign on the street ... we need to recognize just how blessed we are with these wonderful facilities. We need to be thankful for the generous parishioners of previous generations.

I offer thanks to all who helped with the celebration of the feast day of St. Therese. The spaghetti and sauce were cooked and donated by the Kramers from Toscana Pizza. We owe our thanks to all of the volunteers who made this event happen.

On a related note, the installation ceremony for a new pastor will take place at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on October 26. Since we had a corn and sausage dinner in August and a spaghetti dinner in September, I had the idea that we didn't need another reception after the installation Mass. I was told, though, that this is a parish that likes parties. Who am I to argue? We will plan a simple reception again in October.