Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 4, 2015
Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,
This Sunday we remember Francis of Assisi, the much beloved 13th century Saint. Although he is popularly remembered as a great lover of ecology and animals, he most especially is our example of love for the poor. He was a poet and a simple preacher. His was a gentle voice for spiritual reform in the Church. St. Francis was a great missionary of peace and reconciliation. His legacy lives on in his followers "the Franciscan Order," and is powerfully witnessed to in the person and message of Pope Francis who took the humble saint’s name. Here at Saints Cyril & Methodius we will bless the animals today, Sunday, out by the gazebo at 2:00 pm sharp. At the risk of resembling Noah’s Ark, in case of rain, Fathers Costa and Sang will bless your animals in the breezeway.
This Sunday we join with his family, former parishioners and brother priests in giving prayerful thanks to God for Father Moise’s 35 years of Priestly Ministry. Congratulations Father Moise!
And congratulations to our 7th Graders who this Sunay at the 9:30 Mass officially enter into the two-year Confirmation Program. Please keep these young men and women, and their families, in your prayers as they prepare to deepen their commitment to Christ and solemnly promise to actively practice their Catholic Faith.
I am very pleased to report that our Fiscal Year End ‘14-‘15 Report shows our Parish finishing in the black, with a small surplus. Our Parochial School also operated in the black, but we did carry the remnants of unpaid tuition, over the years. which caused the accountant to issue a qualified opinion to explain this deficit. My thanks to our Business/Facilities Manager, Deacon Phil Mills, to our accounts payable/receivable bookkeeper Elizabeth Hughes, and to our out sourced accountant, Dennis Murphy, who all worked so professionally and diligently to prepare these Financial Reports for the Diocese. Most of all I thank all of you, our Parish Family for your faithful and generous financial stewardship. At the suggestion of the Parish Council we will have an open meeting for anyone who would like a detailed review of our receivables and expenditures. This will follow a meeting with the Parish Trustees and Finance Committee.
The days are getting shorter and I remind you to please be very careful in the parking lots. We have lots of room for everyone to park but please be extra alert to spot children and the elderly. This is particularly important with late afternoon and evening Religious Education classes, CYO Basketball, and all sorts of meetings. And please note that parking on Half Hollow Road and crossing from the triangu-lar lot across the street is very dangerous, especially in the dark. Please use the huge lot on Deer Park Ave.
Please remember that we sell Gift Cards of all kinds that support our Parochial School. We all have to purchase groceries so please use our Gift Cards and help our students. Cards are available at the front church doors weekly.
Have a great week and God Bless you!
Msgr."Father Bob" Clerkin