Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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December 30, 2018

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,       

        A Blessed “Holy Family” Sunday to one and all!  When I hear that term, I think of three things:  certainly, at this time of year, I think of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  I also think of my own family who sent me to our parish school at Blessed Sacrament (as I hope all of our own parishioners send their children to our awesome St. Ambrose Academy) and trained me and my brothers in the ways of faith.  Third, I think also of all of you:  we are here for one another throughout the year to sing and pray together, to work together on many projects related to peace and justice and service to those in need, and to play together as we gather in community for numerous dinners and festive celebrations.  May the year ahead be a blessed one for the families of us all!

  Today, after 35 years of faithful service to the parish, we have a retirement reception for Vicki Iannettone from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. in Dailey Hall.  Come wish her well as she moves on to the next phase of her life—which I’m sure will include many hours spent continuing as an active member of the Peace of Christ holy family!

  Monday, the parish office is closed for the holiday weekend.  If you had intended to give a year-end gift to the parish or a year-end payment of a portion of your CMA pledge, I am told by the powers that be that as long as the check is dated in 2018 and is delivered to us by this Friday, it can be counted as a 2018 gift.  Thank you, by the way, for all your contributions to the parish, to our school, and to the CMA (half of which we get back from the diocese once we’ve paid our goal).  By the way, speaking of our school, as I mentioned in last week’s bulletin, we are proud of the strides it has made, what with our State ELA score this past year being higher not only than Rochester and East Irondequoit but even higher than Greece and Webster; and with our State Math score not only far outperforming the city but also being an 11% improvement over our own score of the year before.  Our smaller class sizes and dedicated teachers truly provide your child with service difficult to find elsewhere.  If you have a child 3 years old through 5th grade, January is THE TIME to call 288-0580 for a tour and take advantage of early pre-Catholic School Week registration specials.  We are here for YOU, and proud of what we do!

  As to this week’s HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION for Mary, Mother of God, we have found that two celebrations have traditionally been adequate.  This year’s rotation  yields the following schedule:

Monday, December 31:    Mass:  (St. Ambrose)     5:30 P.M.

Tuesday, January 1:         Mass:  (St. John)          10:00 A.M.

  Tuesday, Happy Birthday to Chung Ma of our maintenance division.  It is also the World Day of Peace.  If you get up 40 minutes before sunset, you’ll see the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury in line!  Note:  the January Brighton Manor Mass will be next Tuesday, 1/8/19.

  Wednesday, the Mary & Martha Sisterhood meets at 10:30 A.M.

  Thursday (the 60th anniversary of Alaska becoming our 49th state) is our January School Mass at 9:15 A.M. at St. Ambrose.

  Friday, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is 9:00-12:00 Noon at St. Ambrose.  It’s also the 70th birthday of David Bradley who authored the “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” computer code.  I knew we 1949ers were good for something!  (By the way, what does “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” mean?)

  Next weekend is Little Christmas.  Yo, Magi!

                       —Father Schrader