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Fr. Tom’s Letters

 

Each week Fr. Tom writes a letter to parishioners in our bulletin.  Every letter is comprehensive, including current information about the Parish, an explanation of Scripture for that Sunday, and an invitation to become more engaged in the life of the parish.

 

 

 

 

July 21,  2024

Dear Parishioners,

As MLB had its All-Star mid-summer classic this past Tuesday, I want to share with you a mid-summer report for our parish.

SUMMER CAMP

Our summer camp is now halfway through its season. Summer camp provides activities for 30-50 young children each week. In addition, it offers opportunity for middle and high school students for involvement at the parish. The summer heat has been a challenge so we hope for some cooler temperatures this second half. The staff at the camp which involves many teachers has done a great job of engaging all the boys and girls of many ages.

9:00 AM SUNDAY MASS EXPERIMENT

The 9:00AM Sunday Mass experiment is growing every week so far. We started week 1 with about 50 attendees; for week 3, we had about 100 attendees. Those attending find Mass in the St. Francis Ministry Center very conducive to the summer celebration of the Eucharist. The structure of the room and the windows allowing so much natural light is well appreciated. We will continue to monitor this “Sunday experiment.”

SUNDAY OFFERINGS

Many thanks to all the generous parishioners who steadfastly maintain their Sunday offerings through the summer. Both envelope users and WeShare users help us continue a sufficient income to meet parish expenses. Thanks for your generosity this summer as well as all during the year.

FEAST OF SAINT ANNE

On Friday, July 26, the Church celebrates the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We have our morning Masses at 7:30 and 9:00. On Sunday, July 28, Bishop Andrzej will celebrate the 10AM Mass.  Bishop Andrzej contacted me earlier in the summer and expressed his desire to celebrate Mass around the time of the feast. We decided 10:00AM on Sunday would be a good time when more parishioners could be present. After the 10:00AM Mass in the church, a reception of beverages and bagels will follow in the St. Francis Ministry Center.

TABERNACLE

You may have observed a different tabernacle in the church today. The permanent tabernacle has some maintenance and locking issues that need to be addressed. We are working on them. In the meantime, we have moved temporarily the tabernacle of the St. Therese school chapel to the main church. Because of keying and balance issues with this tabernacle, only the deacons, sacristans, parish staff, and priests are to go to the tabernacle. Eucharistic ministers who are bringing communion to the sick are asked to please have the sacristan, priest, deacon, or parish staff member assist them in accessing the Blessed Sacrament. Please do not take it upon yourself to open the tabernacle. This is very important.

WOMEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

Sr. Judy is offering gatherings to share, learn, and pray about the Women of the New Testament. Sessions are held on Tuesdays, both in the morning (10:00AM) and in the evening (7:00PM). These gatherings are a great summertime relaxing way to share faith and learn the scriptures with fellow parishioners. Additional information is in the bulletin.

OUR PRIESTS

Fr. Joe: We welcome back Fr. Joe from his time out west with the Boy Scouts. Fr. Joe is our own diocesan scouting chaplain and served at the Philmont Camp for the first half of July. We welcome his return to St. Anne’s and the opportunity to know Fr. Joe and experience his pastoral ministry among us.

Fr. Nicholas: Fr. Nicholas has completed his summer retreat and will be with us five years in November. Many of you have observed Fr. Nicholas walking early in the morning for exercise and to maintain the health of his back. Fr. Nicholas continues to grace us with his positive spirit and good cheer.

Msgr. Ned: Msgr. Ned is enjoying time away in Connecticut. He comes back occasionally and helps with Masses. Msgr. Ned reports he is feeling stronger and better every week, more like himself. We are grateful for his strong recovery and look forward to his return to St. Anne’s in the fall.

Fr. Tom: I will be having some surgery on Monday, July 22, related to problems I experienced in the spring. I hope to return home the same day as the surgery, but am told a recovery period will limit my activities. Perhaps after some days of recovery, I will identify some days for vacation or retreat. I hope to be with you at Mass next Sunday!

Enjoy these remaining weeks of summer!

Fr. Tom