By now, you are familiar with the pastoral planning survey that is being undertaken by the Archdiocese as we together with Archbishop Blair seek to reposition the Archdiocese of Hartford and its resources for the Church and its mission as we look to the future. I hope that as many of you as possible have taken the time to visit the website of the Archdiocese (aoh.org) and completed the survey online. If you do not have access to the internet, paper copies of the survey are available at the entrances of the church. Fill them out and return them to the baskets at the entrances by May 25. These will be gathered and sent to Hartford so that the information may be tallied.
Our third annual parish picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 14 from 12:30 to 3:30 on the grounds behind the school. Tickets are $10.00 each and children under five years of age are free. There will be a nice menu, games, and a magician present for entertaining young and old alike. Food will be served from 12:30 to 2:30 and dessert will be available in the final hour. Plan on being with us to spend time with old friends and to meet new ones. Tickets are available after Masses beginning next weekend through June 7. Tickets will also be available at the rectory office. No tickets will be sold on the day of the picnic as we need an accurate count for the caterer in advance. The picnic will be held rain or shine (using the school gym in the event of rain) but prayers for good weather are encouraged!
I want to give another gentle reminder about the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, encouraging those who have not made a gift or pledge to do so in whatever amount one can afford. As of late April, St. Mary has amassed some $54,500 in pledges on our way to our parish goal of $63,000. Those who need forms for making a pledge or gift to the Appeal may find them at the entrances of the church.
Finally, we begin this weekend the final week of the Easter season, which will conclude with the festive celebration of Pentecost next weekend. As a way of celebrating Pentecost, one of the principal feasts in the Church calendar, I encourage as many as possible to wear something red to Mass next weekend.
Have a wonderful week!
Rev. Aidan N. Donahue
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