Saturday, August 30, 2014
On Tuesday of this week, parishioner Tony Gallagher brought to morning Mass, a photograph of his recently-born granddaughter, Gillian Jeanne Gallagher. You will have read her name under the intercessory prayer column, in this and other issues of the bulletin. She was born quite prematurely in terms of the gestation cycle. Nevertheless, the picture, taken in a neonatal intensive care unit, shows a precious, beautiful child. A powerful detail in the photo: Mom and Dad’s wedding bands fitting generously over Gillian’s tiny hand and arm WOW! What a message of the sacredness of marriage and the link with family life!
A great big “Well Done, Crew” to the St. Mary Parish Pastoral Council members, and other parishioners, who assisted in the organization and celebration of our annual parish picnic. 300 or so joined us for part or all of the event at the Finn Pavilion, last Sunday. Some of our teens led the way in liturgical ministries for the Mass, and a great time was enjoyed.
As we mark Labor Day weekend, although school has been in session for a couple of weeks or so already, still these coming several weeks will witness a great deal of pastoral activity starting up anew, here at the parish. While many of these offerings have their own articles, I would like simply to highlight some dates for us to note in advance on our calendars:
**Catholic Booth at Wayne County Fair: September 7-12
Volunteers needed: call Sally at 330-345-2438
**Fall Natural Family Planning Training: begins on 9/13
**High School Youth Ministry begins 9/14
Adult Info. Meetings on Sep. 3 or Sep. 7
**Mary’s Tears Grief Support Group begins 9/15
Information: call Joan at 330-262-8276
**Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: begins 9/18
Information: contact Fr. Augustine at parish office
**Sunday Parish School of Religion (PSR): begins on 9/21
Registration:ongoing—online or at Religious Ed Office
** Adult Faith Formation kicks off on 9/21
**Virtus Training September 23
(awareness ed. for all volunteers working with youth)
“I was in prison, and you visited me!”
Here are some of the prayer petitions of individuals at the local jail, who were visited and prayed with on a recent Sunday:
Please pray for my daughter, Saje, that she knows that her daddy thinks of her and loves her all day and night…
I would like for you to pray for all the men and woman in jails all over that they may hear God’s word and become closer to him.
Those looking to celebrate Mass on Labor Day have two options: 7 a.m. at church or 9:30 a.m. at Westview Healthy Living (formerly Westview Manor). The parish office will be closed on Monday and will reopen on Tuesday, September 2.
Peace, Fr. Stephen