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Fr. Joe's Bulletin


The Pastor's Pen

Nov. 24, 2019

Today we come to the glorious conclusion of the liturgical year with this feast of Christ the King.  And since it is our parish feast, it is significant to us.  We are mindful of the bountiful blessings this past year from the heart of our Lord and Savior, Christ the King.  The first phase of our Listening Campaign, That We May Be Healed, is completed.  Inserted in this bulletin is some of the raw cumulative data.  This comes from interviews with 311 parishioners, which is amazing.  My hope was that 250 parishioners would participate.  I am so grateful for those who made the time and effort to give your input.  Going forward, let us take steps together for healing, to be the parish that God calls us to be.  This is a blessed way to enter into the new liturgical year next weekend.

The Confirmation of 30 of our eighth grade students by Bishop Paprocki was a spirit-filled liturgy.  What wonderful prayer and music!  Then there was the lovely reception afterwards in the Parish Center.  The Church and I are counting on these young men and women to give credible witness to the faith.  I encourage them to be lectors and Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass, as well as continue as Mass servers and music ministers.  Whenever you see our teens in ministry, please affirm them.

I encourage the men of the parish to sign up for RISE: A 30 Day Challenge for Men, beginning December 2.  Over the four weeks of the challenge, it looks at the men’s role as son, brother, husband and father.  See more info below.  Please join me in this challenge, and decide by Wednesday to make our group complete.  This will make your Advent like none other. 

I appreciate all who have purchased Bonus Raffle tickets. This important fundraiser goes directly into the school budget. There is still time for you to buy and sell more tickets.  With all of us working together, we can hit the goal of 4,000 tickets sold.  Go to the parish website to make an online purchase.  I’m taking some tickets to my family’s Thanksgiving gathering.

To prepare for the new liturgical year with the season of Advent next weekend, a mailing is going to all parishioners.  Again all can take home The Little Blue Book of daily reflections for Advent and Christmas Time, after Mass.  If you like an electronic help to your Advent, sign up for your Best Advent Ever at  Get daily emails of videos and music to enrich your Advent.

As we approach Thanksgiving Day this week, we offer our prayers of thanks to God, confident that his love will sustain us and his divine light guide us all our days.  Gather with me for Mass at 8:30 Mass Thursday morning.  I am particularly grateful to God for the many blessings you bring to my life.  Note that the school Mass is Monday this week at 8:30, so no 6:30 Mass.  I will be with my family Thursday night and Friday.

In the peace of Christ the King,

          Fr. Joe



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