Sunday, August 17, 2014
Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,
My thanks to Deacon Phil Mills and Father Vinny Schifano, and to all who organized and so generously shared their "time & talent" during the five days of our Family Festival this week. And thanks to all of you, who along with our friends and neighbors in the surrounding communities supported the Festival. The Festival concludes this Sunday evening.
Vacation Bible School was a big success again this summer. The children and their volunteer counselors enjoyed a Spirit-filled week of Faith based fun. Our thanks to Debbie Calascione, MaryAnn Ruf, and Grace Lyons, and to all the volunteers who made this year’s VBS such a wonderful labor of love for our children. And their concert at the Family Festival was terrific!
Remember that our Religious Education Program and Parochial School are continuing registration and enrollment. Can you believe it’s almost time for school to begin? It seems that this summer has passed so quickly.
Our Food Pantry supply is currently very low. If you are able to help the needy who come to Parish Outreach we need: Canned soups, fruits, tuna fish, vegeta-bles and canned meats Cereals, peanut butter, jelly, spa-ghetti sauces, snacks, juices, cleaning supplies and pa-per goods. Thanks to everyone who regularly brings food to Mass. Baskets are at every door. And our thanks to Joan Gillespie and her volunteers for minister-ing to the hungry poor of our community.
Our furnace/heating replacement in the church/school building is now in place. Next we will be removing the very large oil tank in the Half Hollow Road parking lot in the next few weeks. This original construction oil tank is no longer needed and must be removed in accordance with environmental laws. We hope to get this job done before school begins. Next summer we take on a two year project of repairing the large windows in the church.
Enjoy what’s left of your summer and take some time to relax, to be refreshed, and to be renewed by the marvels of God’s Creation.
Have a great week and God Bless you
Monsignor "Father Bob" Clerkin