Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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May 26, 2019

Dear Parishioners,

         Happy Birthday, Sister Marlene!  Ironically, she and my sister-in-law, Betty, were born on the same day in the same year!  Today is also Welcome Weekend.  See the Pastoral Council person at any Mass for more information about the parish or how to join.  This is also the old Rogation Sunday.  The Rogation Days precede Ascension Thursday, and the word means to “ask”:  it is “a time of earnest prayer for common spiritual and material needs, as well as for the particular needs of a group or of a person.  Not to be forgotten are the souls who depend on our prayers for the grace of repentance and conversion to Christ” (from The Maryknoll Fathers’ Daily Missal of the Mystical Body, p. 431 ©1960).  By coincidence, we are in these days praying the Novena for Life at 7:00 P.M. each evening in church:  last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we were at St. Ambrose; Saturday night, tonight and tomorrow night are at St. James; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be in St. John’s ending at our evening Mass of the Ascension.  Join us to ask for protection for all life.

Monday is Memorial Day.  The office and school are closed and there is no rosary tonight, but besides our 7:45 A.M. Mass at St. James, we also have our annual 9:00 A.M. Mass in the Father Edward Zimmer Peace Garden at St. John’s (bring a lawn chair).  The Novena for Life is at 7:00 P.M. at St. James.  This is also the 40th anniversary of Bishop Clark’s being ordained a bishop in Rome by Pope St. John Paul II, thus making our Bishop Emeritus a 3rd Class Relic (I meant that in a good way).

Tuesday (the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of R.H. Macy & Co.), our office and school reopen, and we say Happy Birthday, Jackie Senecal, principal of our St. Ambrose Academy!  It is on this day that our office begins observing our annual summer hours:  8:00 A.M.-4:15 P.M. Monday-Thursday, and 8:00 A.M. –12:00 Noon Friday.  Today in the parish:  7:00 P.M. Novena for Life at St. John’s, 7:00 P.M. Peace & Justice Committee in the office conference room, and 7:00 P.M. Ladies Auxiliary at St. John’s.

Wednesday, the Novena for Life is at 7:00 P.M. at St. John’s.

Thursday is the Solemnity of the Ascension, a HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION.  Masses are at 6:30 A.M. at St. James, 12:10 P.M. at St. Ambrose (which is our May School Mass as well), and 7:00 P.M. at St. John’s followed by the final praying of the Novena for Life.

Friday brings us to the last day of May, which means it is also the LAST DAY FOR PAYMENTS OF PLEDGES to the 2019-2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal.  As I type this, there are still 33 parties who owe $6,578.25 on pledges made to this year’s CMA.  Once we pass May 31st, their pledges will be considered “not honored” and should any funds come in after that date, they will be applied to next year’s CMA.  Thank you for doing whatever is possible to honor all pledges.

Saturday, note the thin crescent Moon hanging to the right of Venus just before dawn. 

Next Sunday, World Communication Day.  Thank you for your gifts to the monthly Buildings & Grounds collection.  The Garden Club Plant Sale is today from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the office garage at St. Ambrose.  Peace to all!

—Father Schrader