Pastor's Column, March 22, 2015

     Last Friday & Saturday we celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial for Donald Parrish and for Aramita Caraballo. Donald’s wife Dolores (Dee) spoke of him as a very holy man who loved coming to church & confession, who prayed the rosary daily and who loved his wife of 45 years and his daughter Debbie. We trust that Mary prays for him “now and at the hour of death.” Aramita, mother of parishioner Eneida Ramos, suffered from dementia but was taken care of by her loved ones. She was afraid of being alone, as we all are, but is now promised that she will never be alone again. May God receive them both into his loving care. 

    This past week I brought Holy Communion to Sophie Kapral, Sara Grier & Donna Mlady. Please remember them and all of parishioners who are ill in your prayers. 

    The Search Committee for a new principal started interviewing applicants this past week. Please ask the Lord to help us discern who is called to this important leadership position in our parish school. 

    This Sunday I will be baptizing two children after the Noon Mass: Tyler Madej and Emmayln Jo Leuhsler. May the Lord let his light shine upon them throughout their lives. 

    We are looking to have the potholes in our parking lot filled in as soon as possible but we are waiting on the schedule of the company based on the availability of asphalt. In the mean time, you can practice your dodgem skills as you avoid both potholes and parked cars.

    I failed to mention last weekend my appreciation to Macrina Dodson, to Violet Weingard & to the school and PSR faculties for all the good work they have done in preparing our students for the Sacrament of Confirmation, under the leadership of Mrs. Weiss, our School Principal, and Ms. Tonti, our PSR Director. They all use their gifts well in teaching and modeling the faith to our young people.  

    Our Lent edition of the News & Views Newsletter should be reaching your homes shortly. But if you can’t wait on the slowness of “snail mail,” you can hop onto our website & read it from there, or use our mobile app to download it to your smartphone or tablet. Highlights include information on those to receive the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil, a tribute to our Principal, Mrs. Diane Weiss, who will be retiring at the end of this school year, information on our second season of ARISE and on our new Alumni Association. We also hope to print a “special edition” of the newsletter soon which will be my “State of the Parish” reflections on where we’ve been, where we are & where we hope to be in the coming months.