We had a snow day last Sunday, as the snow began in the early morning hours and continued throughout the day,  turning to sleet, covering the grounds and the trees, and for a time on Sunday, there was a kind of quiet hush to things here, a deep winter beauty to the world. Turnout, as you might expect, was light. We had 16 people at the 7:30am Mass, 25 at 9:30, around 70 at 11:30, which included a baptism, and a little more than 100 for 5:30pm. As you see, we held all of our scheduled Masses that day, and just a note to say that sometimes, in the weeks following this kind of thing, people will come to us and confess as a sin that they missed Mass during the snowstorm. Please note that it’s not a sin to miss mass during a snowstorm! God does not want us to slip and fall in the driveway on our way to church.

You have probably received by now a letter in the mail from me about our year-end appeal for new siding for one of the buildings of our church. Thanks to all who have responded to that appeal, we are grateful. I have received questions from people about how our funds are being used, especially in the wake of the clerical abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Please note that all funds from this appeal are only for the siding for the building, as indicated in the letter. As always, if you have any questions about our parish finances, please ask – our Director of Finance Rob Neppel is happy to respond to any questions.

Be sure to check our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass schedules, which have changed from previous years.

And finally, a note on an upcoming parish mission trip. In May 2019, we will be having a mission trip to El Salvador with Habitat for Humanity. I will be going on this trip, and am looking forward to being part of the construction of a home for a local family and to visit the holy sites of one of the Church’s newest saints Oscar Romero. There’s still room for you to join. If you are interested, please contact the parishioner who is leading the trip, John Budway at 305-205-5104, budwayjj@bellsouth.net. The exact dates are May 25 – June 2, 2019, and the costs are $1300 + airfare.

Also, an information night about the trip will be held this Sunday evening, December 16, after the 5:30pm Mass in the Anthony Hall Conference Room.

Blessings on your week!

 

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