From our Pastor, Rev. Aidan N. Donahue

 Dear Friends:

With the arrival of this first Sunday in September, the summer has come to an end and the somewhat hectic pace of life in the parish has resumed, as it has in the lives of us all. The Parish Council met for the first time last Wednesday. The school has opened for a new academic year with a larger enrollment than last year. Our parish religious education program begins its new year this weekend. That being said, I would like to draw your attention to several upcoming events.

This Thursday, September 11, the newly-formed Book Club will meet for the first time at 7:00 in the rectory living room. The book scheduled for discussion is Sycamore Row, by John Grisham, which was an excellent read. Anyone who has read the book and wishes to join us is most welcome. If there are too many participants for the space at hand, we will convene in the meeting room in the convent basement. We will also select a book by consensus for the October meeting.

The first Bible Study gathering will meet next Monday, September 15 in the rectory basement. We will meet every other Monday through the month of June and the basis of our study will be the Sunday Mass readings for the two following weekends. The texts will be made available for reading ahead of each meeting. The sessions should last no more than an hour or so. For the first meeting on September 15, led by myself, the readings are as follows: for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 21,we will study Isaiah 55:6-9, Philippians 1:20c-245, 27a, and Matthew 20:1-16a, and for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 28, we will study Ezekiel18:25-28, Philippians 2:1-11, and Matthew 21:28-32. The parish clergy will alternate the leading of the various sessions.

The annual Blessing of the Animals will take place at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Any and all animals are invited for a blessing. It is best that dogs be on leashes and other animals in crates or carriers. It would be helpful to me if someone would be present to hold on to Bruce’s leash.

The second annual Parish Picnic will take place on Sunday, October 5 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM on the grounds behind the school. The gym will be available if it rains. Tickets at a nominal price are available after Masses. It is critical that tickets be purchased in advance as we will need a number for Lasse’s, the caterers. No tickets will be available on the day of the picnic. We decided to move the picnic to the first Sunday of October as the weather should be a bit more amenable to such a gathering. It is simply too warm in late August. We will see how it goes.

Mark these events in your calendar and have a splendid week.

Rev. Aidan N. Donahue

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