Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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May 28, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

       Happy Birthday, Jackie Senecal, our St. John Neumann Principal!  It’s also Welcome Weekend at our parish Masses, and World Communications Day as well.  And the Garden Plant Sale is today from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. as summer now unofficially arrives.

       Monday is Memorial Day Observed.  It is also the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy (how can that be!).  Of course, both school and parish offices are closed.  But we do have both the regular 7:45 A.M. Mass at St. James and our annual 9:00 A.M. Mass in the Father Edward Zimmer Peace Garden at St. John’s on Humboldt Street.  That will be the first Mass both for our incoming Pastoral Associate, Rob Layer, and our summer seminarian, Deacon Jeff Chichester, so I hope you welcome both warmly.  In the evening, there will be Rosary at St. Ambrose.

  Tuesday is Traditional Memorial Day.  New York was the first state to adopt Memorial Day as a holiday in 1873, and I don’t have to tell you where it began—although I will tell you that there is a parade today in Waterloo. Also, let us know if you are interested in purchasing the Diocesan Commemorative Book (information on page 7).

  Wednesday is the last day of May.  As such, it is the LAST DAY that contributions to the 2016-2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal can be made.  After this, any donations received will not count toward your pledge, but rather to next year’s appeal.  This evening, the Rosary will be prayed at St. John’s at 7:00 P.M., and our weekly Community Coffee Hour will be at St. James from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.  Stop down for a couple minutes or a couple hours for a chat, a sip, a board game or just some time to spend among some very pleasant people.  By the way, you may learn from one of them there that Lea and Perrins Worchestershire Sauce became a registered trademark (™) on this date in 1973—just don’t put any of it in your coffee.

  Thursday is the quasquibicentennial of Kentucky becoming a state!  Coincidentally, today’s 9:15 A.M. Mass at St. Ambrose is our June School Mass with Fr. Carlos presiding.  So what’s the relationship between those two events?  Well you see, Bluegrass and School Mass sort of rhyme.  And speaking of school, have you registered your Pre-K 3-year old through 5th grader yet for the 2017-2018 academic year?  Our low teacher-student ratio has helped greatly in keeping our standardized testing scores higher than those in the school districts which surround us.  Give our school a call (288-0580) to set up a free tour and see how affordable we can make this fine (and very well-rounded) education for you!

  Friday is First Friday, so we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9:00 to Noon at St. Ambrose; 12:15  P.M. Mass follows.

  Saturday, our beloved Deacon Juan Benitez will be ordained a priest at 10:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Cathedral.  Do join him if you are able.  To celebrate, we’ve arranged for brilliant Jupiter to be dramatically close to the Moon this evening.  Even the heavens are rejoicing!

  Pentecost Sunday, keep your Whits about you and come at 9:45 A.M. for Father Juan Benitez’s First Mass.  His family will be here from Colombia.  Wear red and meet them at the reception which follows.  Pax to all!

                —Father Schrader