Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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September 22, 2019

Dear Parishioners,

        Today is Welcome Weekend.  A Pastoral Council person is at each Mass to answer any questions or even help you become a registered parishioner.  Coffee Hour resumes at St. John’s today, groceries are collected at St. Ambrose, the Pre-K Little Saints program is at 9:45 A.M. at St. Ambrose Academy, Family Faith is at 11:00 A.M. at St. Ambrose Academy, and a Confirmation meeting is at 12:00 Noon in Dailey Hall.  Boy Scouts will sell popcorn after morning Masses.  Our CMA Reception is at 2:00 P.M. at St. John’s.  There is so much activity once you get into September!  A big thanks to all who made our St. Ambrose Academy Gala such an enjoyable event last weekend as it raised funds for our school, another big thanks to all who set up, staffed, and than stored our booth last weekend at the North Winton Village Festival in Linear Park, and yet another big thanks to our youth group members who gave a ministry minute at Mass last weekend about their upcoming trip next summer to Notre Dame University in Indiana!

Monday, everybody up early to greet Autumn at 3:50 A.M. on the feast of St. Padre Pio!  Later, our Pastoral Council Executive Committee meets at 3:00 P.M. in the parish office conference room to draft the agenda for our October Council meeting, the Garden Club meets at 5:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose, the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 P.M. in the chapel at St. Ambrose, and our Finance Council will meet at 7:00 P.M. in the parish office conference room.

Tuesday, the first Handbell Choir rehearsal is at 6:00 P.M. in St. Ambrose, our Peace and Justice Committee meets at 7:00 P.M. in the parish office conference room, and the Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7:15 P.M. in St. John’s hall.

Wednesday, we welcome native vocation, Father William Coffas, who is now our Regional Dean as he makes his formal dean visit to inspect our parish records and sacristy supplies.  In the evening, all three of our choirs meet at 7:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose, and our weekly Community Coffee Hour is at St. James from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.  Stop down for a sip, a board game, a conversation, a game of cards, or all of the above.  Sometimes choir members stop down after rehearsal.

Thursday evening at 6:00 P.M., ChristLife is in St. John’s hall.  This has been a tremendous program that has helped all attendees grow in their faith, and hopefully help prepare them to reach out to others they know who may be seeking a spiritual home.  You know, our faith and its liturgies and music and teachings have offered inspiration, comfort and guidance for many through the years.  If you know of anyone who is seeking, give us a call so we can reach out to them.

Friday, our local pilot priest, Fr. Tim Brown, leads a special bus trip down to the air museum in Hammondsport for those who have signed up.  There are several other stops on the agenda, including a Mass in the town’s St. Gabriel’s Church.  We wish all on the trip a smooth flight!

Saturday brings the Girl Scouts to St. James at 12:00 Noon.

Sunday, Emergency Training sessions for our liturgy ministers is at 9:30 A.M. at St. James and 12:30 P.M. at St. John’s, Little Saints is in St. Ambrose Academy (SAA) Pre-K room at 9:45 A.M., Family Faith is in SAA at 11:00 A.M., First Penance parent meeting is at 12:15 P.M. in Dailey Hall, and grocery collection is at St. Ambrose.  Peace to all!

—Father Schrader