Saturday, May 21, 2016
On Wednesday of this past week, our St. Mary Eighth Graders observed their graduation. We congratulate the following in reaching this milestone and extend blessings over them as they move forward into the next horizon of their life of learning:
Thomas Carlisle Madeline Dyer
Riley Fearon Maeve Florence-Smith
Nithya Gurumurthy Michaela Miller
Isabel Smith Hannah Watson
Rosalie Weyer Megan Williams
Because of some other obligations within their community, this weekend we welcome Sr. Kathie Shea MMM to St. Mary Parish. While this is a much earlier point in the “summer” than we usually host the summer mission appeal, we are honored to hear the testimony of these consecrated women living their discipleship in Christ.
Are you looking for an opportunity to blend physical activity of an athletic kind with fun and fellowship? In case you didn’t have the opportunity to hear or read about it sooner, St. Mary is fielding a co-ed softball league this summer. This is open to men and women, 16 years of age and older. Minors will need a waiver signed by their parents. The sign-up sheet is located in the parish hall, on the large cabinet to the left of the television monitor. More information is available in this issue of the bulletin.
Also in this edition, we have published an insert from the Catholic Community Foundation (based in the Diocese of Cleveland) which provides an update on Rooted in Faith, Forward in Hope campaign. It is truly a blessing that as of now, we are receiving a 70% share of the funds collected through the fulfillment of pledges— an indicator that we exceeded our original set goal. Thank you so much to those who are able to see their pledges to fulfillment.
Distinct from this comprehensive multi-year initiative, I am sure we are all aware of the annual Catholic Charities Campaign. This year, all parishes in the diocese are being asked to conduct a second in-pew invitation to potential and past donors. For this phase of the campaign, there is a very specific focus: Homes for Our Future: Community Integration Project. For generations, the Rose-Mary Center in Cleveland has provided a loving home for children with developmental challenges.
Currently, they are striving to transition from an institutional-style environment to state-of-the-art community homes. The first of these has been dedicated. Now, we have the opportunity to contribute to this cause, through a new or increased gift to Catholic Charities. The in-pew appeal will take place on the weekend of June 4 and 5, the first weekend of our summer Mass schedule (10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. Mass).
Finally, next Monday — Memorial Day— there will be one Mass celebrated, at 8:30 a.m. at the St. Mary Cemetery — unless it’s absolutely pouring rain!
PEACE TO YOU,