Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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September 17, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

       Before doing the rundown of the week ahead, let me say a profound thanks to Parish Trustees Bob Crego and Rick Eisenman, Principal Jackie Senecal, the Knights of Columbus, the Ladies Auxiliary, and a host of other very kind volunteers for all the wonderful coordination of our recent Pastoral Council Day of Reflection, our Parish and School Joint Staff Day of Recollection, Parish Picnic, and this weekend’s Ministry Fair.  These things don’t just happen, and we can all be grateful for their inventiveness and investedness in the life of the parish.  Thank you, too, to all of YOU for your response to the hurricane collection last weekend.  Over $6,000 was received as of this typing.  Praise God!

  Besides September 17th being the Feast of St. Robert, it is also several other things:

—Catechetical Sunday:  at the 4:30 Mass at St. James this weekend, we bless all involved in any type of catechesis and sacramental preparation for the people of our parish;

—Human Development Sunday:  our prayers and 2nd collection offerings today to this annual national collection help the very poor;

—Hispanic Heritage Month’s first weekend:  President Johnson began this and President Reagan expanded it.  Liturgically, we’ll use some of the bilingual hymns in our new hymnal at Mass (;

—Ministry Fair:  TODAY from 9:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M., please stop by in Dailey Hall of our St. John Neumann School even for just a few minutes to see all that we are about, to volunteer if you are so moved to participate in any ministries represented, and to thank all at the tables;

—Fatima movie and pizza:  come at 2:00 P.M. to St. John’s Hall.

  Monday (on which I am 25,000 days old!), note a quintet early morning super lineup 40 minutes before sunrise—from bottom to top:  Mercury, Mars, crescent Moon, Regulus, Venus—all for 25,000th!  Later:  Faith Formation, 6:15 P.M. at St. James; Rosary, 7:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose.  NEED:  lunchtime volunteers at school; call 288-0580.

  Tuesday, Social Ministry meets at 7:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose.

  Ember Wednesday, our ballots regarding the school’s name are due.  Also tonight, Coffee Hour, 7:00-9:00 at St. James.  Drop in!

  Thursday, Happy New Year to all our Jewish neighbors:  Rosh Hashanah 5778!  Today, our first Children’s Choir rehearsal, 6:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose; Centering Prayer at 6:00 P.M. at St. John’s Chapel;  Evening Prayer in St. John’s Church and K of C Ladies Auxiliary meeting at 7:00 P.M. in St. John’s Hall.

  Ember Friday, happy birthday, Father Carlos!  Also, anyone who can help us with some bush trimming, please meet at St. James at 9:00 A.M.  Prison Ministry meeting, 9-12 at St. Ambrose.  Autumn begins at 4:02 P.M.  200 Club Dinner, 6:00 P.M., Burgundy Basin Inn.  Diocese of Rochester Sesquicentennial begins today.  Happy 150th year!

   Ember Saturday, the feast of Padre Pio, anyone who can help us finish our bush trimming, please meet at St. James at 9:00 A.M.

  Next Sunday, happy birthday, Pastoral Associate Drew Desmarais!  165 years!  It was that long ago that the first dirigible airship (blimp) flew 17 miles in Paris.  A blessed 2nd from last week of September, all!

                —Father Schrader