The observance of Lent and the celebration of Holy Week and Easter this year were remarkable. The attendance at both daily Masses was excellent and the numbers of confessions encouraging and inspiring. The Holy Week liturgical ceremonies were quite well attended. The music was very good, and for that I offer a word of thanks to Frank Zilinyi, Marylyn Mulvey, and the members of the choir.
I also want to extend a word of deep gratitude to all those who have responded to our request for an increase by one dollar in their weekly offertory donation. It has made a difference and it is much appreciated. The collection totals for Palm Sunday and Easter were phenomenal. Thanks to all of you for your generous support of the parish.
As I write these words, we are nearly half way through the campaign for the 2015 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. As of April 2, we at St. Mary have pledged some $47,000, which is shy of our parish goal of $63,000. I am sure that we will exceed our goal and I ask all who have yet to make a pledge or a gift to consider doing so. The proceeds of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal help us to fulfill the mission entrusted to us by the Lord. They also make a concrete difference in the lives of so many people in need. As of April 2, our level of participation as a parish stands at 8.5%. We can and should do better than that. Please consider making a pledge or gift as your means allow. No gift is too small and every gift is received gratefully and put to very good use.
Rev. Aidan N. Donahue
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