Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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September 16, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

        Once Labor Day occurs, things start rolling!  I want to thank all who prepared our garden and our liturgy for the garden Mass that day, all who prepared so well to welcome our youth back to our St. Ambrose Academy and to our Faith Formation Program, all who produced a most awesome first-ever Gala for our school, all who made a cold Sunday afternoon into a wonderful indoor picnic with BINGO and TV football and food, all who have been working so ardently already on our Pastoral Council, our Liturgy Committee, the Knights of Columbus, the Ladies Auxiliary, the Facilities Committee, ChristLife, our Day of Prayer and Penance, our annual Catholic Ministries Appeal, and all the regular liturgies, weddings and funerals that have been a part of our parish life just in the past two weeks!

  Today is Catechetical Sunday, and we are grateful for all who teach religion to our children in both our faith formation program and in our school.  We bless these teachers at the 9:00 A.M. Mass today at St. John’s.  Today also Coffee Hours resume at St. Ambrose and St. James.  This being the 3rd Sunday of September, it is also our annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development Sunday.  Since 1970, this campaign has contributed over $300 million to 8,000 low-income led community-based projects that strengthen families, create jobs, build affordable housing, fight crime, and improve schools and neighborhoods.  This year’s theme is “Working on the Margins.”  Thank you for your contributions in today’s 2nd collection.  By the way, a great new book on these “margins” is To the Margins:  Pope Francis and the Mission of the Church by Andrea Riccardi, Orbis Books, Maryknoll NY:  2018, $25.00, 175 pp., ISBN 978-1-62698-277-2.

  Monday (feast of St. Robert) is session #2 of our Bible Study on the Second Book of Samuel at 6:30 P.M. in the parish office conference room.  The Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 P.M. in the chapel at St. Ambrose.  Look up afterwards to see the Moon to the left of Saturn.

  Tuesday, the Bell Choir resumes rehearsals at 6:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose, and the Knights of Columbus gathers at St. James for the Rosary at 6:30 P.M. followed by their monthly meeting.  By the way, now is the time of year to join, seek out info on joining the K of C or its Auxiliary.  See me or any current member.  At 7:00 P.M., Cub Scout sign-ups will take place inside the Waldo Avenue door of St. Ambrose Academy at 7:00 P.M., and our Social Ministry Committee meets at 7:00 P.M. in the parish office conference room.

  Wednesday (the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force), Following Christ (ChristLife Part 2) begins at 6:00 P.M. for those who completed Part 1 last Spring (repeating next Spring).  The Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 P.M. at St. John’s, and our Wednesday Evening Community Coffee Hour resumes at St. James, 7:00-9:00 P.M.  It’s also Ember Day, Yom Kippur, and the Moon’s above Mars.

  Thursday, Lunch Bunch is at Noon at St. John’s, and at 7:00 P.M. is Evening Prayer at St. Ambrose and Ladies’ Auxiliary at St. John’s.

  Ember Friday is the 200 Club Banquet at Burgundy Basin at 6:00 P.M.  Be sure to note the brightness of Venus afterwards.

  Ember Saturday, all of our liturgical ministers meet at St. Ambrose for a session with Fr. Robert Kennedy, 9:00-Noon.  Also autumn arrives at 9:54 P.M., and it is Fr. Carlos’ birthday out in Fairport.

  On Welcome Sunday, coffee hour is at all 3 sites and our Children’s Liturgy of the Word resumes at St. Ambrose & St. John’s, and we have a CMA gathering at 2:00 P.M. at St. John’s.  Peace to all!

                —Father Schrader