My Dear Parishioners,
This past week we celebrated our Triduum of prayers to St. Joseph, in which we remembered the intentions written on your St. Joseph Triduum envelopes. We believe that St. Joseph is a powerful intercessor and that he is close to Our Lord in Heaven. We pray for his continued protection and guidance.
As I mentioned in my column last week, we are preparing to have the Memorial Plaques for the renovation of our church inscribed. I have posted in the back hallway 2 copies of the memorial inscriptions as we have them. Please take the opportunity to review the wording, and the spelling of your inscriptions. If you need to make a change, it must be submitted in writing. We also still have some items that have not yet been memorialized including 3 Stations of the Cross, the Pulpit, the Presider’s Chair, Candlestick sets, Processional Crucifix, Thurible, and Paschal Candle stand. If you are interested in memorializing any of these items, please see me as soon as possible. The list of available items for donation is now posted in the back hallway.
Thank you to all those who supported our annual Scone Sale and to our RCIA team members who sponsored the sale. We collected over $675.00 in profits, which will be sent to St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia. We know them as a soup kitchen, but they are more than that. I went to their website and found this mission statement. “St. Francis Inn Ministries is a Franciscan, Eucharistic community called to minister with the poor and homeless of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in the spirit of the Gospel and inspired by the life and compassion of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi, we try to meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing and hospitality. Furthermore, we empower persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and address structural injustices. We seek to build relationships with those that we serve by respecting their human dignity and by helping them to restore hope in their lives, and by living simply among them.”
In the description on their website they say that: “The Inn has been serving meals to the neediest individuals and families in Philadelphia since 1979. We opened our doors in December of 1979 and have served a meal every day since then. A breakfast of hot or cold cereal or pastries is served three days a week, while we serve a sit-down meal in our dining room every day. We now serve over 350 meals a day with dignity and respect. Our meal is unique because we serve our meals restaurant-style; our guests don’t walk through a line to get their food, our compassionate volunteers serve them at their tables.
We rely on the generosity of local grocery stores and businesses as well as churches and individuals to donate food so we can serve our daily meals. Volunteers come daily to help cook, serve and clean. With the help and support of volunteers and benefactors we are able to serve our guests every day with a warm, nourishing meal in a caring and respectful setting.”
“In addition to the dine-in meals, we also provide food baskets for families and homebound seniors monthly. A mixture of fresh and non-perishable foods supply regular sustenance to those unable to come to our meals. Mail services, phone usage, and many intangible resources also support our guests.”
God Bless You,