By Fr. Terry Kerner

Our parish sponsored trip last week was remarkable for the very diverse sites and themes experienced. From our time at Gettysburg, Washington DC, Annapolis, Pittsburgh and the visit to the Flight 93 Memorial we all enjoyed the historical, cultural and religious sites visited. The itinerary kept us busy and a little tired at the end of each day. We were pleased to have our own Fr. Henry join us in Washington where he is stationed and working in the office of the U. S. of Catholic Bishops. All thirty-one of us enjoyed the weeklong time away and are looking forward to next year’s Autumn Getaway. You may want to join us.

The Parish Health and Safety committee has provided an insert this weekend in the parish bulletin. It shows the aerial view of the parish campus with its building and exits identified. On the same page the fire extinguishers, defibrillator and “shelter in place” locations are pointed out. It is important that we be aware of our environment and surroundings wherever we may be. Please take time to study both the diagram and the tips for dealing with emergency situations included on the insert.

It is also good to be aware of some of the good things happening in the weeks ahead. Next weekend the Capuchins will be at all the masses with their “On the Rise” bakery goods. If you have not had any of their products now is the time to try them. They will be in the St. Francis Room (Parish Hall) 6 just use your parish diagram to find them!

November is not that far off to be unaware of few events coming up. The annual parish Memorial Mass for parishioners who passed this past year will be celebrated on Sunday, November 3rd at the 11:00 AM Mass. Family members will be receiving a letter reminding them of the special liturgy. On November 9th after the 4:00 PM Mass the Knights of Columbus will be having a Flag Retirement Ceremony recognizing our Veterans both living and deceased. You will be hearing more about this in the weeks ahead. And finally, many folks have asked about the date for our annual Autumn Harvest Dinner. Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 23rd after Mass. Tickets will be available in early November.

I want to thank all who are donating candy for the Seminarians’ annual Halloween Party for the kids in the neighborhood around the Seminary. It means a lot for the guys preparing for Priesthood that you are supporting them with your prayers and good deeds. 

Thank you also from me for all the Birthday wishes recently. Turning 74 makes it easier with all you greetings!

Enjoy the Fall Season and all the color it brings into your life!


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