My Dear Parishioners,
The Christmas Bazaar was a great success; thank you to all our vendors and volunteers. A special thank you goes to Mrs. Rita Roley, and her fantastic team of helpers. They planned and executed a great event for the parish. A job well done!
Christmas cards and St. Joseph 100th anniversary mugs can still be purchased at the rectory. I am sorry that the Anniversary Christmas tree ornaments did not arrive in time for the Bazaar. The company told us that there are delivery issues similar to what happened with the parish portraits. The representative of the Photo Directory company assured us that if we sat for the parish photos in mid-November, the portraits would be available by Christmas. Unfortunately, they are experiencing challenges with employees and delivery as are many other businesses. They said that they would provide a card that could be given in place of the portrait telling the receiver that a special portrait is on the way.
We are asking that the gift cards for the Advent Giving Tree be returned no later than Monday, Dec. 13th to the box at the base of the tree, or to the rectory. We want to be able to get them in the hands of those who need them as soon as possible so that they will be able to use them. Thank you for your generous support.
The schedule for the remaining days of Advent is as follows: Our Parish Penance opportunity will be Thursday, Dec. 16th at 7:00 p.m. Additional priests will be on hand to hear confessions. Remember, there will be no actual penance service, but rather confessions will start being heard at 7:00 p.m.. In addition, to our regular Saturday confessions from 3:30 to 4:30 we will hear them on Wednesday evening Dec. 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Please note that there will be no confessions scheduled on Sat. Dec., 25th. The best opportunity will be December 16th with several additional confessors. The Feast of Mary the Mother of God is not an obligation this year. The only Masses that we will have will be on Sat. Jan.1st at 8:00 and 10:00 m.
It is time to put the yearly reminder in the bulletin about parking in the near lot and leaving large gaps in the middle. I ask your assistance once again with this issue especially during the Christmas Masses. When parking in the lot closest to the Church, please pull all the way up to the preceding car. If everyone parks in an end spot, we prevent others from getting a space. Also some of our guests may not be familiar with our parking routines and so I ask your help and patience in keeping it as orderly as possible.
May God Bless You,