Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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June 23, 2019

Dear Parishioners,

        At some point in these waning days of June, we should all receive our annual Stewardship mailing inviting us to review our Time, Talent, and Treasure commitments for the new activity year of the parish, July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.  As I go into my 16th year here as pastor, I have always been impressed with the generosity of you all in these areas:  your time enables so much to be done, your talent brings specialness to both the community outreach and the social life of the parish, and your treasure commitments keep us strong in being able not only to maintain but to thrive with our programs and assuring the ongoing presence of our three-campus facility (including the only parochial school serving the eastern side of the city plus adjacent suburbs).  Let us all be generous in our commitments for 2019-2020, and if possible begin now in joining me in using Automatic Funds Transfer to assure steady year-round support.  Thank you, too, for increasing even by a percentage point what time, talent, and treasure you can share.  It makes a difference for so many!

Last week, I listed this coming year’s Pastoral Council members by name. Since then, council elections have determined our new Chair (Ken Klamm) and Vice Chair (Sue Morrison).  Congratulations to both!

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (formally called Corpus Christi Sunday).  For our Orthodox brothers and sisters, it is the Feast of All Saints (which we celebrate on November 1st).  May Jesus nurture us regularly at Mass and daily in our prayers!

Monday, our St. Ambrose Academy enjoys Sea Breeze Day.  Here at the parish, the Garden Club meets at St. Ambrose at 5:00 P.M., the Vacation Bible Camp Volunteers have their training in Dailey Hall at 6:30 P.M. (also the last day for registration for the Vacation Bible Camp), and the Rosary will be prayed in St. Ambrose chapel at 7:00.

Tuesday is Primary Day.  Be sure to vote between 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. if your party has any primary races.  Our Peace and Justice Committee meets at the parish office at 7:00 P.M., and the Ladies’ K of C Auxiliary meets at 7:15 P.M. at St. John’s.

Wednesday, the 40th anniversary of Bishop Clark’s installation as Bishop of Rochester, there is a Job Fair at Monroe Community College from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon for those seeking employment, our annual Bocce Picnic is at 6:00 P.M. at St. James, and the final segment of Bishop Barron’s 8 Principles of Proclaiming Christ in the Culture series will be in Dailey Hall at 7:00 P.M..

Thursday, thanks for prepping your envelopes for the weekend!

Friday, the feast of the Sacred Heart, is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versaille (WW1).  Our Prison Ministry group meets at 10:00 A.M. at the parish office, and there is a Blood Drive in Dailey Hall from 2:00 to 7:00 P.M.

Saturday, we’ll be doing our annual yard sprucing up at the rectory at St. John’s.  Join us at 9:00 A.M.  Bring gardening tools.  Donuts provided.  Garage Sale collection starts at Dailey Hall, 12:00-3:00 P.M.

Next Sunday, the Garage Sale collection continues at Dailey Hall, 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.  A blessed week to all!

Lastly, we still have space for new registrations from Pre-K 3-year olds through 5th graders in our St. Ambrose Academy, 288-0580.  Pax!

—Father Schrader