Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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July 23, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

       Each year, the Diocesan Propagation of the Faith Office assigns each parish a mission to support in the annual Mission Co-op second collection.  This year, Father Bradler (Director of that Office) has assigned one that is close to many hearts because of its local ties in our community:  the School Sisters of Notre Dame.  They have taught in many schools in the Rochester area, and may even have taught some of you.  Sister Lorraine Burns, SSND will share information about them at the Saturday 4:30 P.M. Mass at St. James and the Sunday 8:00 A.M. Mass at St. James and the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Masses at St. John the Evangelist.  Sister Evelyn Breslin will share such information at the 9:45 A.M. Mass and the 5:00 P.M. Mass at St. Ambrose.  Thank you for the support of your prayers and your offerings for the SSND!

   Monday is the Sesquincentennial (450th) anniversary of Mary, Queen of Scots being deposed.  Political life was so precarious back then!  But nothing is precarious about our annual Vacation Bible Camp which meets all week long from today through Friday, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 Noon at St. James.  This year’s theme is “Avalanche Ranch.”  It’s a “Wild Ride Through God’s Word” and will be enjoyed by and instructive for all our little buckaroos who will be learning about the stories and people of the Old and New Testaments that trace the history of our salvation.  Blessing on them all!

  Tuesday is one of our parish feast days:  St. James.  (The other two are St. Ambrose on December 7th and St. John the Evangelist on December 27th; and St. John Neumann is on January 5th.) 

  Wednesday, our summer Book Group will meet (today and the next 2 Wednesdays) 5:30-7:00 P.M. in the Parish Office dining room and conference room to discuss their reading of our own parish author, Jocelyn “Josh” Apo:  Gold from the Well:  The Inspiring True Account of a Haitian Refugee, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, San Bernardino CA:  2017, $15.00, 281 pp., ISBN 978-1-5446-4174-4.  I look forward to joining them this week and the next two now that I’m back from Big Sky Country.

  Thursday would have been the 109th birthday of one of my predecessors at our St. James site:  Father Francis Feeney.  May he rest in peace!

  Friday, our Prison Ministry group meets in the parish office conference room from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon.  Later, in the evening, note the waxing Moon just above Jupiter.

  Saturday is the 40th anniversary of the first Chicken Wing Day in Buffalo.  Were you there?  It was during my first month out of the seminary and living in a rectory at Holy Family Parish in Dutchtown—which has no connection at all with the Chicken Wing Day.

  Next Sunday, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be 70.  It was also the birthday of a late friend of our parish, Divine Word Missionary Father Ray Quetchenbach who used to stay with us for two weeks at this time each year.  On Sunday afternoon, there is a 1:00 P.M. Memorial Mass for Diane Riley, the sister of our new P.A. at St. John’s, Rob Layer.  May she, and Father Ray, rest in peace!

                —Father Schrader