Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to family and friends who visit this Thanksgiving weekend.  As our nation celebrates Thanksgiving, I am grateful for so many of you who generously share your time and talent with St. Francis to build up the Body of Christ within our community. One such member of our parish, Rich Wessel, has recently been recognized by DuPont for the time and talent that he has given to our youth basketball program. Rich is one of nearly 400 employees as part of the 2011 DuPont Volunteer Recognition program. Established in 1998, the program recognizes employees or teams of employees who devote their time and talents to improve the quality of life in their communities. On behalf of each honoree or honoree team, $1,000 is donated to the organization where the community service is performed. In response to this recognition by his employer Rich wrote to Tricia Henry our Coordinator of Community Life,

“Thank you for the support, trust and confidence that is provided from you to the SYYBB core volunteers and big thank you to the staff that this year has made the program even stronger.”

Thank you, Rich, for your dedication to our youth and their families!

On this first weekend of Advent, we begin using a revised Roman missal. Since Easter we’ve had a column in the bulletin to help us prepare for these adaptations. The past three weekends, we friars have incorporated into our homilies some of the reasons for the adaptations that it might be an occasion for us to deepen the “full active conscious participation” that the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy calls us to. A special thanks to our Coordinator of Liturgy and Music, Jim Wahl, who has provided strong leadership to help us celebrate the Eucharist.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark