My Dear Parishioners,
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! We give thanks to God for the special gift of love He has showered on us in our mothers. A mother’s love is unlike any other. I hope you enjoy the day celebrating motherhood and families. We remember not only our mothers that are still loving us here on this earth, but also those that are loving us from heaven. We pray for their souls and any healing that they may need to enjoy the all-encompassing love of God. Your Mother’s Day envelopes with their intentions written on them will remain in front of the Blessed Mother Statue as a symbolic way of consistently praying for these women through the month of May. This is also the month when we honor our Blessed Mother. This past Monday we had our May Procession. Thank you to all who helped with the preparations and especially to our First Communicants and their families who participated.
This past Tuesday was the last official day for our CCD classes (there is still a make-up day this week for those who missed). I want to take this opportunity to thank all those involved with our program. Mrs. Cathy Cain, our Director of Religious Education, does an excellent job organizing all the catechists, volunteers, aides, children, parents and schedules. I want to especially thank all those who helped with this program over the past year. They are dedicated people, many of whom have very busy schedules with work, family, activities and commitments and yet they make time to work with our young people and to share the faith. They show a dedication and love that form the basis of the Gospel. I want to thank them for their service. We simply could not run this program without them. If anyone is interested in joining the team, we can always use the help. Please contact Mrs. Cain at the rectory, or leave a message at the CCD office. I hope the students and catechists enjoy a restful summer and we look forward to seeing you next year.
This week also marks the “In-Pew Weekend” for the 2019 Catholic Charities Appeal; Giving Hope to All. To date we have raised $22,422 which is 58% of our parish goal of $38,677 . The goal for the entire Archdiocese is $12.5 million. We are asking you to prayerfully consider your contribution to help reach our goal. For those of you who have given in the past, I sincerely thank you for your generosity and ask you to consider an increase in your gift in thanksgiving for graces received. For those of you who may have never contributed, I invite you to make the effort to do so this year. For us to reach our goal and impact the lives of so many in our area, we are going to need everyone to contribute. We strive to have a heart like Jesus, who has preferential love for the poor and less fortunate. Please place your envelopes in the basket during the offertory, or take one home with you to prayerfully consider your gift. You can mail the envelopes, or bring them back next week and place them in the collection basket.
On behalf of Archbishop Chaput, I thank you for your donations and prayers. Your gift affirms all we do in Christ’s name throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
On Saturday May 11th, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia ordained five men to the transitional diaconate. This means that they are intending to continue their studies and be ordained priests the following year. Of these five, two were Redemptorists, who also study at St. Charles Seminary. Next Saturday, May 18th, Archbishop Chaput will ordain seven men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Please pray for all the newly ordained deacons and priests and for an increase in vocations.
God Bless You!