My Dear Parishioners,
This past week we began work on the back parking lot. The plan is to repave it and also to address the couple of “sink holes” that have formed. In addition we are removing the fencing for the Valley Road portion of the lot. It has sustained considerable damage and looks unattractive. Instead, we are putting up curbs so that the cars will use the appropriate driveway entrances and exits. In addition, we will be following up with the plan to remove 2 yellow posts or bollards that have been separating the 2 back parking lots (by the dumpsters). In their place we will install a chain with warning signs. The plan is for the chain to be removed only for Saturday night, and Sunday morning Masses, and also for CCD. This will allow access from the lot closest to the church onto Valley Road. Hopefully, this will assist you when entering and exiting. I ask you to please be patient with the process as we are waiting to see if this is a real improvement. Thank you to all those who have contributed to, and continue contributing to our Capital Improvements collection for making this repair possible. We have also removed a large amount of debris from the area by the dumpsters and removed the rusted gate by the County Line entrance/exit.
We anticipate going to the new St. Katharine Drexel shrine at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul with our seventh grade students for our confirmation retreat this year. If you are interested in visiting the shrine on your own, you can schedule a trip. I went to the Archdiocesan website and found the following message from the Cathedral rector, Fr. Dennis Gill:
On August 2, 2018, Saint Katharine Drexel’s sacred remains were translated from the Motherhouse of the Community she founded, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, to the Cathedral Basilica. The newly constructed tomb, located near the Drexel Family altar on the left as you enter the Cathedral, is open for visitation and prayer.
Through visitation of the tomb, and through this website, visitors will learn more about the life of Saint Katharine Drexel. Canonized on October 1, 2000, Saint Katharine is the second American-born person ever to be canonized. Born into tremendous wealth as part of the Drexel family, she gave up her life of privilege to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1891. She dedicated her life to serve the needs of African Americans and Native Americans, and inspired so many women, who joined the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, to follow her example.
Everything about Saint Katharine Drexel’s life as a religious, a foundress, and servant of those in need flowed from her faith and love for the Most Blessed Sacrament. From the Holy Eucharist, this saintly woman, who is an example for us, received the grace and strength to further the Kingdom of the Lord. May the presence of Saint Katharine Drexel prompt many to live the Gospel more fully and faithfully from the graces of Holy Communion.
You can watch the full mass (of the installation of her new tomb), read the Prayer of Thanksgiving said at the tomb, sing the hymn written in honor of Saint Katharine Drexel, and view the mass booklet using the links found on this page. https://www.saintkatharinedrexelshrine.com/ Saint Katharine Drexel, pray for us!
God Bless You!