Last weekend was busy here as on Saturday we had two celebrations of confirmation, and last Sunday afternoon we had our annual blessing of the animals. Thanks to everyone who helped organize our confirmation services, and congratulations to all who received the sacrament. For the blessing of the animals, we had many dogs, a few cats, a pony, a turtle, and something I had never seen before – a jellyfish in a jar. Many of the pets we blessed were rescue pets, which is always beautiful to see, and we were reminded of the beauty and goodness of all God’s creatures.
An update on how the diocese, and we at St. Francis, are continuing to address the clerical abuse situation in the Catholic Church: this coming Wednesday evening, October 17, Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama has invited lay persons to a meeting in which he will discuss the situation further, and St. Francis is sending three members of our parish to that meeting; on Thursday evening, October 25, we will host a gathering here at the parish in which we will provide updates on what we have learned.
I also share the news that the Director of our Preschool, Dawn Eagan, will be leaving the preschool to take on a new position as a science teacher at a local middle school. Dawn’s last day here will be Thursday, October 18. We will be starting an immediate search for a new director for our preschool. Thank you to Dawn for her service here at St. Francis!
Please note as well that some people in the parish are telling us about emails that look like they are coming from me, or from St. Francis staff, and the emails are asking for a favor or for money or iTunes cards or other things. These emails are scams. If you have any questions about emails from me or any of the staff here, please call the parish office.
Finally, the news out of our culture and the world has been quite heavy lately. At a recent staff meeting, we discussed this, and many of our staff suggested that we turn to the sacrament of anointing and healing. On Monday evening, October 15 (this coming Monday) we will hold a Service of Anointing and Healing, and this will be for anyone who has undergone any kind of physical, sexual, mental, emotional, or spiritual abuse. The service will be held in the church at 7:00pm. We will have readings, prayers, and for anyone who wishes, reception of the sacrament of anointing.
Blessings on your week!