Pastor's Page

   Sunday, October 19, 2014


Dear parishioners and friends in Christ, 

We are well underway with our very busy fall schedule of sacramental, liturgical, educational, social, athletic, and recreational activities. Our Parish buildings and grounds are alive with all sorts of activity. Just a note about parking. Please be very careful in the lots. With so many cars coming and going we all need to be alert and to proceed slowly. This is especially true for late afternoon and evening Religious Education classes. The small lot on Half Hollow Road is very dangerous. The lot across the street is even more of an "accident waiting to happen." Parents are asked to please use the large lots outside the church and along the school building side on Deer Park Avenue to drop off and pick up their children. And on weekends for Mass please be courteous and park only in the spaces provided. Be careful not to use handicapped parking spaces if you are not qualified, and do not park in the fire safety lanes.

The 2014 Catholic Ministries Appeal is quickly drawing to a close and our Parish is holding at only 78% of our goal. If you are planning to participate in this most worthy case benefiting Diocesan Catholic Charities, Seminary Formation, and the wide range of im-portant ministries funded by the Appeal, please make your one time gift as soon as possible. Next weekend we will have a special second collection to help us get closer to this goal. Envelopes have been provided in your packet. "No gift is too small, but no gift at all."

All Souls Day is Sunday November 2nd. All of our dearly beloved loved ones will be remembered at all Masses. Envelopes with the names of these deceased family and friends may be placed in the offertory basket. These names will be placed upon the altar throughout the entire month of November. Additional envelopes are available at the church doors and at the Blessed Mother Shrine.

Our Annual Fall Raffle is the single most important fund-raiser for our Parish. These funds go directly to our Parish operating account. This year we hope to purchase a much needed new truck for snow plowing with the profit.

Tickets are $25.00 each, or a book of five (5) for $100.00. Tickets are available at the Parish Center and by mail to our regular envelope users.

The Grand Prize of this year’s raffle is 25% of the proceeds of all ticket sales.

Second Prize is 15% of the proceeds of all ticket sales

Third Prize is 10% of the proceeds of all ticket sales.

The more tickets we sell, the larger the prizes. In addition, we will offer two early-bird prizes of $100 each to those who pur-chase a ticket before November 24, 2014.

All winning tickets for prizes will be drawn on Saturday, December 19, 2014 after the 5:00 pm Mass. You do not need to be present to win.

       Have a great week and God Bless you!

       Msgr. "Father Bob" Clerkin