Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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March 15, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

        On this Ides of March, our Boy Scouts have a Pancake Breakfast from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. in St. John’s Hall.  Also today, Family Faith is at 11:00 A.M. in the classrooms of our St. Ambrose Academy, and a Year 2 Confirmation Youth Workshop will take place at 12:00 Noon in our school classrooms as well.

        Monday, Adult Faith meets at 10:00 A.M. in the office basement meeting room, and the Rosary will be prayed in the chapel at St. Ambrose at 7:00 P.M.  As I type this on Monday morning, March 9th, the Stock Market dropped over 1500 points in the first half hour.  Ironically, today is the 190th anniversary of the slowest day on the New York Stock Exchange when, in 1830, it traded only 31 shares!

Tuesday, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Our K of C and Ladies Auxiliary put on an awesome St. Patrick’s Party 10 days ago, and I am grateful to all who in any way helped to set up, serve, entertain, or take down on that evening.  About 40 minutes before dawn today, look to the east (toward Ireland) and you’ll see Saturn, Jupiter and Mars from left to right as if lined up for an Irish reel!  Here in the parish today Bell Choir practice is at 6:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose, Stations of the Cross are at St. John’s at 6:30 P.M., Six Weeks with the Bible #3 is in the conference room at the parish office at 7:00 P.M., Social Ministry is in the office dining room at 7:00 P.M., and the Knights of Columbus meet at 7:00 P.M. at St. James right after their 6:30 P.M. Rosary.

Wednesday, the waning crescent Moon joins the early morning line-up in the eastern sky.  Here in the parish, our Holy Week Planning Group convenes at 9:00 A.M. at the parish office to make sure we have all our “i”s dotted and our “t”s crossed as we prepare for all the special liturgies of 3 weeks from now.  In the evening, the Rosary will be prayed at St. John’s at 7:00 P.M., and our weekly Community Coffee Hour is from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. in St. James Hall.  Stop down for a cup, a chat, a board game or cards on this final Wednesday of winter.

Thursday, Happy St. Joseph’s Day!  Our St. Ambrose Academy School Children will celebrate it at our March School Mass at 9:15 A.M. at St. Ambrose with Fr. Bob Werth from St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish as presider (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish has several students in  St. Ambrose Academy, and Fr. Bob Werth still co-chairs our School Council’s Pastoral Committee with Fr. Tim Brown).  Here in the parish that day, our Bereavement Group meets at 3:30 P.M. in the parish office conference room, Lenten Retreat Meeting #5 is at 6:30 P.M. in the parish office conference room, our Lenten Evening Prayer Vesper Service is at 7:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose, and Spring arrives at 11:50 P.M., its earliest arrival on the calendar in 124 years!

Friday, Stations of the Cross are prayed at St. Ambrose following the 12:15 P.M. Mass, and the School/Parish Night at the Amerks game starts at 7:05 P.M. at the Blue Cross Arena.

Saturday, Combined Choir rehearses at 10:00 A.M. at St. Ambrose.

Next Sunday brings Welcome Weekend at all our Masses.  A Pastoral Council member will be present at each Mass.  Also, the Bethlehem Woodcarvers will be present at all Masses with their  wares for purchase.  Faith Formation is in St. Ambrose Academy at 11:00 A.M., as is Year 1 Confirmation Meeting at 12:00 Noon.  Peace to all!

—Father Schrader