As I type this, the roofers are on the roof of the church installing a new...well, roof. We finally have a bit of a respite from the rain so they are taking advantage of it while they can. Now that the roof is being taken care, we can finally repair the hole in the ceiling of the church above my chair so as to ease my fear of being hit with plaster whenever I sit there. Of course it has to be on the priest’s side and not the deacon’s side, but I’m sure Deacon Pat would prefer for it to hit him rather than me. Hopefully it won’t fall on either of us as we get it fixed.
At the 11:00am Mass this Sunday, John & Jeanne Sabolwill be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary so congratulations to them! They have been long-time and very active members of the parish and we are so grateful for all they have done and continue to do for our parish community. To name just a few, John is one of our cantors and you can hear the gift he’s been given whenever he leads us in song. He has also done a lot of archival work so that we can keep the history of our parish alive. He and Jeanne together have changed the pictures and other historical documents in our display case that is in the vestibule and it’s very interesting to see some of our past there. Jeanne started our Preschool along with Rhonda Richlovsky many years ago and it continues to go strong today under the leadership of Jennifer Robinson, assisted by Cherise Pacanovsky and Cindy Kosiba. Jeanne also coordinates the Have a Heart, Lend a Hand & Adopt a Child program where items for children and money is collected to help those in need. So as we congratu late John & Jeanne, we also thank them and ask God’s blessing on them that they may continue to be a gift to each other and to our parish.
This weekend we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi which is Latin for the Body of Christ. As Catholics, the real presence of Christ that we receive in the Eucharist is central to our faith and to our worship at Mass. As we receive Holy Communion today, we do so with gratitude for the many times we have received that wonderful gift in the 50 years Mass has been celebrated in this church.
Just to finish my story about Abby from last week, after 2 1⁄2 days of doing who knows what, she finally came home (at 4:30am). While I wanted to scream “Where were you?”, I remembered the story of the lost sheep and the joy we’re suppose to have when one of them (or one of our cats) is found and brought home. So she now has a collar and a name tag on it with my phone number & address just in case it happens again, though I’m taking precautions to make sure it doesn’t. But they are sneaky creatures so you gotta be pre- pared...