My Dear Parishioners,
I just concelebrated Archbishop Wood’s Baccalaureate Mass on Friday. It is hard to believe that another school year has passed and now we are entering the graduation season. I would like to congratulate all of our graduates from Kindergarten, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College, and from Post-College studies. These are significant milestones and as a parish family we join in celebrating your accomplishments. We are fortunate that as Catholics we can mark these milestones with prayers and especially Mass. We will be having a prayer service for our Kindergarten, and Mass for our Eighth Graders. If you have a graduate in your family, and would like to recognize them in our parish community, may I suggest that you come to our Sunday Mass and indicate to our ushers that you are celebrating a graduation and would like to bring up the offertory gifts. It is a great way to honor the graduate and bring the family together for Mass. Unfortunately we can only have one family per Mass bring up the gifts, so it will have to be on a first come basis.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Debbie Jaster and all of the excellent faculty and staff at St. Joseph / St. Robert School. They have done an excellent job this year and their hard work and dedication have shown through in many ways. We pray for them too, that they might get their well-deserved rest and return to us next fall refreshed and ready to do the good work of forming our young people in Jesus Christ. Thanks also to all the assistants and volunteers; we could not run such a fine program without the help of active and involved parents. Your devotion to your children is admirable.
Finally I want to inform you about a change in our Scrip Program. We will continue to offer discounts towards Catholic education, whether it is for CCD tuition, SJR tuition, or Catholic high school or college tuition, but we will no longer be using the paper vouchers (pink or white cards) to account for your purchases. The paper scrip vouchers will expire on June 30, 2018. Please search your desks and drawers for those vouchers and use them to pay down your tuition by the end of this month, otherwise you will lose that credit. If you have any unused paper vouchers, but do not have a Catholic school or CCD tuition to pay for, please drop the vouchers off at the rectory or in the collection basket and we will be sure that a family in need will get that benefit. Going forward, vouchers and rebates will be earned electronically and reported to SJR or forwarded to another Catholic institution. Purchases can be made on the go using the myscripwallet app. More information will be available in the coming weeks, but please turn in your vouchers now.
God Bless You!