Last year on the Feast of Pentecost I was announcing that we would be opening the church for Masses in a few weeks (after a three- month shut-down due to the pandemic), albeit at 30% capacity, with no singing, and wearing masks. What a joy this Pentecost to be able to sing praise to God, with no mask if we are vaccinated, and in a church with no seating limitations. It has been a long haul… but we made it. It is like the church coming back to life and being born again—and so with gratitude, we say “Happy Pentecost,” and can now actually sing “Happy Birthday, Church!”
You’ll notice in the bulletin that we are at 99% of our parish goal for the Annual Appeal. You could be the person to put us over the goal by using a donation envelope you may have sitting on your desk at home (they are also available in the narthex).
As pandemic restrictions are lifted and activities resume, there is a need at this time for additional volunteers in a number of ministries. You’ll notice in the bulletin this weekend a request for new adult and teen volunteers for our Kate’s Kids program. We are anxious to re-start our Children’s Ministries to support the families of our parish, and so please respond if you can when you see a need advertised. We are also still in need of a few gardeners to maintain two of our rain gardens near the church—please contact Stuart Henderson if you can help.
Michael Lewandowski is a member of St. John the Evangelist parish and has served as a deacon-intern at our parish over the last year. He is being ordained a deacon by Archbishop Lori this weekend, and so we offer him our heartfelt congratulations. He will be preaching here on the third weekend of June before beginning a new parish assignment somewhere here in Frederick County this summer.