Pastor's Column

  Our sympathies go out to the family of Heather Harmon whose funeral we celebrated September 25th. She leaves behind a 13 year old daughter (who wrote beautiful words about her mom) along with her mother and two sisters. May she know eternal youth in God’s kingdom.

    October 4th is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the saint known for his love of God’s creation, including animals, and the saint whose name was taken by the Pope (due to Pope Francis’s concern for creation, his love of the poor and simple lifestyle). So we had a Pet Blessing this weekend on Saturday morning. Of course Michaela & Abby were there (pretty much the stars of the show if you ask me). Michaela turned 3 years old last Saturday so she thought it was a surprise birthday party for her! But she’s still wondering where the birthday cake was…

    Once again, Sister Erin & I thank all those who contributed to the fund which enables us to accomplish the many school projects we had planned for this year. We received over $11,000 in total and are very grateful for all gifts, big or small. Along with our faculty and staff, we are committed to educating our children in the atmosphere of faith so that the Gospel may be proclaimed to them in their youth & hopefully embraced by them in their adulthood. 

    This Sunday, October 4th, we begin a process which encourages conversion and deeper faith for those in many different situations. For those seeking to become Catholics, this process is called RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). For others it is a preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation by those who were baptized & raised Catholic but who, for whatever reason, were never confirmed. And finally, for those who are having a child baptized or getting married, it is an opportunity to grow in the knowledge of their Catholic Faith and to reconnect with the practice of the faith. So if you are someone who fits into one of these situations or would just like to learn more about our faith and how it impacts your daily life, feel free to call me or just join us as we meet each Sunday morning for JUST ONE HOUR at 9am in the Parish Community Center. You can attend the 8am Mass & then join us or join us and attend the 10am Mass. We will provide a brief presentation on a topic pertaining to faith in the Catholic Tradition. You can just sit & listen or join in the discussion or ask a question. It’s informal and focused. We welcome all who want to join us every week or whenever it’s convenient for you.