September 24, 2017

On Mission Update: We are talking about Parishes not Buildings: As the diocese released the report from the On Mission Commission this past week many people have begun to talk about what it means. It is critical for us to remember the focus of the On Mission process at this time. Currently, we are dealing with parishes. Recall a Parish is a local Catholic community where, under the leadership and guidance of a pastor/administrator, the laity worship God, are educated in their faith, receive the sacraments and serve those in need. What we are not currently discussing are buildings and campuses. I know many people want to know which church (meaning building) will remain open in the new parish, but that discussion and decision will not be taken up for quite some time. The focus and goal right now is forming new parishes. What communities will come together to form these parishes and most effectively be a Church Alive! is where the focus needs to be for now.

PET BLESSING – We will do the annual Blessing of Pets on Saturday, September 30, at 12:30 PM in front of the Church doors. This blessing is in association with the feast of St. Francis on October 4. In the past we have blessed a vast array of cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, and even a few others! Please feel free to bring your pet for this annual blessing. For those unable to attend, special prayers of blessings for pets will be available at the Welcome Desk.

CONGRATULATIONS: On Sunday, September 24, our parish’s Manifesting the Kingdom Award recipient, Sue Zitelli, will be honored by Bishop Zubik at St. Paul Cathedral. Every parish is asked to nominate a parishioner who has been exemplary in reflecting the light of Christ through valuable service to the Church. Sue is an outstanding example of a servant leader. She is a Golden Apple Award teacher at East Catholic, Shakespeare director extraordinaire, Pastoral Council and On Mission team member, Eucharistic Minister and Lector, as well as an Adult Ed leader. Sue always gives her best to everything she becomes involved with and her educational spirit allows her to lead others to a deeper understanding of our faith and the mission we all have to proclaim the joy of the Gospel. As a parish, we are blessed by Sue’s ministry and happy that she is receiving this
Diocesan recognition.