Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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May 20, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

       A Blessed Pentecost Sunday—and may you all keep your Whits about you!   (That’s a liturgical joke☺!)  It’s also Victoria Day for our neighbors to the North, the first day of Shavuot (marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai) for our Jewish neighbors, and of a more civic nature, today is the 250th anniversary of the birth of First Lady Dolly Madison (Twinkie, anyone?).  Locally, this is Diocesan Missions Sunday when we remember in both our prayer and in our offerings in the annual third-Sunday-of-May 2nd collection our Sisters of Mercy serving in Chile and our Sisters of St. Joseph serving in Brazil.  Thank you for your support.  They are truly communicating the message of the Gospel amongst the people whom they serve.  By the way, a number of you asked for a copy of that prayer written by Pope Francis for World Communications Sunday last weekend.  We have put it in today’s bulletin.  You may also have seen him on 60 Minutes last Sunday evening.  His documentary movie “Pope Francis:  A Man of His Word” opens in theaters this weekend.

  Monday, the Rosary will be prayed in the chapel at St. Ambrose at 7:00 P.M.  Also Finance Council meets this evening at 7:00 P.M. as well.  By the way, speaking of finances, 10 days from today is the last day to pay any pledges to the 2017-2018 Catholic Ministries Appeal.  There is still $4,978.27 outstanding in pledges unpaid, so thanks for whatever can be done by the 31st.  We will do the final run of the Roster of Appreciation of the names of all CMA contributors in the bulletin of June 10th.

  Tuesday, our School Council meets at 4:00 P.M. in the school.  Thanks, by the way, to all who have given to the uniform fund or by way of scholarship aid in the last several weeks.  It is helpful, indeed!

  Ember Wednesday is our K of C’s next Chicken Dinner from 3:00 to 7:30 P.M. (take-outs or eat in Dailey Hall)—this also helps the school.  And the School Exhibition and Open House is also that evening from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M.  If you know anyone with a child who will be PreK 3 through 5th grade this September, encourage them to come (or bring them) to this event to find out more about our school and hopefully also to register for this coming year.  Then get some chicken to take home!

  Thursday, the Jesuit feast of Our Lady of the Way, many on our staff will be at the annual Ministerium with other parish staffs.  In the evening, for our May offering here in the parish, our Adult Faith Formation Committee presents the “Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother” in the parish conference room.

  Ember Friday, the 225th anniversary (quasquibicentennial) of Fr. Stephen Badin becoming the first Catholic priest ordained in the United States in 1793, our Prison Ministry group meets at the parish office at 10:00 A.M.

  Ember Saturday, thank you for prepping your envelopes for the weekend.

  Trinity Sunday (which is Pentecost Sunday for our Orthodox neighbors), is the 39th anniversary of Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark being ordained a bishop by Pope St. John Paul II—with whom I was privileged to say Mass in Rome 36 years ago this day.  God’s blessing of safety for all traveling on the Memorial Day holiday weekend!

                      —Father Schrader