From Our Pastor – Aug. 6, 2017 Bulletin Message
Good to Be Here
As the month of August commences, the busyness of many of our lives, including parish life, begins to increase.
We are fortunate that there remains a lot of activity on our campus during the summer months. In my 2 ½ years here, I have discovered that things only really “slow down” for perhaps 3 weeks in July, and then quickly pick up pace again.
On August 13, we will host a summer-time young adult get-together, beginning with Eucharistic Adoration at 6 p.m., followed by food and drink (weather permitting we can hold this outside), fellowship, discussion, and questions for me about anything on your mind and in your heart.
We had such an evening in early January, and got a nice turnout of about 25 folks, most between the ages of 18 – 30. We then had a smaller dinner and discussion during Lent at one of our Friday Fish Fry evenings. From that discussion there was consensus that a simple evening consisting of quiet prayer was not only desired, but necessary! Please join us; bring a friend; mention this to your son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter…it will be worth it!
The new school year begins on August 28, with the first school Mass scheduled for 9 a.m. on August 30. We are grateful for everyone’s hard work, care, and prayers as we prepare to “begin anew” as Blessed Francis Seelos Academy, hosting grades K – 8 on our campus, with the pre-school students attending at the St. Alexis Campus.
Harvest Home Weekend preparations are well underway for September 8 – 10. This is such a great weekend for our parish and our community at large. Please not only consider, but make a decision to say “yes” to volunteer during any part of the weekend. Information has been, and will continue to be posted in the bulletin and on our website.
Please mark your calendars for the first week of October, as this will be a big week for the St. Alphonsus, Seelos Academy, and Pine Township communities. On October 4, our “Faith on Fire” event beginning at 6:30 p.m. hopefully will prove to be our best one yet with our guest speakers Jim and Mary Towey (details to follow in the coming weeks).
The school Mass will be held on Thursday, October 5, that week, as that is the feast day of Blessed Francis X. Seelos.
Actor Casey Groves is scheduled to present his one-man play titled “Seelos: Doctor of Souls” on Friday, October 6, for the school students and families, and again on Saturday, October 7, at 7 p.m. for the entire community. This is an exceptional and moving depiction of the “Cheerful Ascetic” Seelos.
We should echo the words that Peter says to Jesus on the mountain of the Transfiguration, “Lord, it is good that we are here.”
Be a part of it all, or as much as you can, beginning with participating regularly in the celebration of the Eucharist, Jesus Himself, through, with, and in Him who is our everything!
Yours in Christ,