Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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September 20, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

        Today is Catechetical Sunday, and we are truly appreciative toward all our Faith Formation teachers, Childrens Liturgy of the Word volunteers and volunteers in both our Religious Education Department and our St. Ambrose Academy.  A special blessing is bestowed upon them at our 9:45 Mass at St. Ambrose this morning.  It is also the annual Campaign for Human Development Sunday when we pray for the needs of the poor and all who care for them in any way.  We may place our offerings for today’s annual 2nd collection for the campaign either in the Human Development envelope from your envelope packet or in an envelope of your own clearly marked for “Human Development.”  Today is also the 101st anniversary of the priestly ordination of our 6th diocesan bishop, +Fulton J. Sheen.  May he rest in peace!  Here in the parish, Year 1 & Year 2 Confirmation candidates meet for an information session at 11:00 A.M. at St. Ambrose.   Our Parish Picnic for those who signed up is at St. James in the grand yard at 1:00 P.M.

Monday, our Pastoral Council Executive Committee has a Zoom meeting to plan the agenda for our October meeting.

Tuesday, we formally welcome Autumn at 9:31 A.M. (right in the middle of our 9:15 A.M. Mass!).  Our School Council will meet today as well to review our reopening and to begin planning for Catholic Schools Week 2021.

Wednesday, the feast of Padre Pio, our students at St. Ambrose Academy will have their School Picture Day.  The Rosary will be prayed this evening at 6:30 P.M. at St. James.

Thursday is the 60th anniversary of the launch of the USS Enterprise nuclear aircraft carrier from Newport News, Virginia.  I remember visiting there a few decades ago when Fr. Lewis Brown of our diocese was a Navy chaplain at that site.  Fr. Lewis died on September 5th and his funeral was at St. Mary’s in Corning on September 10th.  May he who served both God and country rest in peace!  This evening, Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon appear together due South in the sky around 8:30 P.M.  If you miss them tonight, they’ll be appearing tomorrow night as well, same time, same place—up!

Friday brings us to 3 months and counting until Christmas.  Have you got your Christmas cards mailed yet?  You do want them received this Christmas, don’t you?  Today is also a date special to my paternal grandfather.  Though I never knew him because he passed before I was born, he was born on this date 145 years ago, and he died on this date 78 years ago.  May he rest in peace.

Saturday is the 200th anniversary of the death of frontiersman Daniel Boone.  When we think of all that those pioneers accomplished with no roadmap and few provisions, it seems to have charted a path for ourselves navigating through this time of pandemic.  We may not emerge from this with the notoriety of Mr. Boone (or with the hallmark cap he wore upon his head), but I think we’ll make it through if we’ve made it this far already and do not diverge too much from what we’ve done to date.

Next Sunday is the 43rd anniversary of my driving North to Guelph where I made my pre-diaconate ordination retreat in 1977.  It’s also Yom Kippur, a day of penance for our Jewish neighbors.  Here, our First Penance info meeting is at 12:00 Noon at St. Ambrose.  Peace!

—Father Schrader