Saturday, April 18, 2015
In this issue, we have included a listing of the children who we anticipate will be receiving First Holy Communion this spring. I want to take this opportunity to share with all the parish that this year, in lieu of a single “group Communion” Mass, in the past typically taking place on a Saturday morning, we will have the joy and privilege to witness this occasion more as a whole community. More specifically, families have been given three dates from which to choose:
Sunday, April 26, at 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 2, at 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, at 11 a.m.
On these three dates, a group of St. Mary children will receive First Communion within the Mass. Naturally, families who have children in the P.S.R. AND families who have children registered in St. Mary Day School are integrated, since we are one parish community. Please lift up in prayer, these precious children and their parents and siblings. Through the intercession of the Holy family — Jesus, Mary and Joseph— may each and every one of us grow in our love for the Real Presence of Jesus. In addition, there is still an option for individual families to schedule their son or daughter’s First Communion at another weekend Mass.
In further news, on the weekend of May 2 and 3, we will acknowledge the contribution of so many individuals who give of their time and talents on behalf of St. Mary Parish. We call it “Volunteer Appreciation,” and it is an essential element in the life of the Church. Volunteers will be affirmed at all the Masses; in addition, immediately following the 11 a.m. Mass on May 3, we will have a formal ribbon-cutting and blessing of the new portico, with light refreshments following, out of doors. Please join us as we celebrate work well done!
Speaking of work well done, it has recently come to my attention, that I/we have significant room for improvement when it comes to celebrating, as a community, the achievements of our young people, not only while they are growing up in our parish but well after they branch out into the world. And so, I want to pledge that effort will be made to expand the highlighting and communication of these contributions and milestones, since they mark how the faith instilled in childhood comes to be exercised through the choices made and the integrity of life of these young adults, taking their place in society. Continued Blessings of Easter,