Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jun 23, 2024

This week the children start arriving for Vacation Bible School (including our Middle School group), an annual summer ritual here that takes lots of organization and volunteers.  Many thanks to all the adults and teens who have offered to help, and special gratitude to Theresa Anderson and Ana Maria Alvarado who do such a great job of pulling it all together.  Please pray that our young people may grow in their love God and closeness to Jesus during this special summer week that we provide for them.

       Our Health Care Ministry Committee usually organizes a Fall and Spring Blood Drive to support the work of the American Red Cross in saving lives.  Because we are not scheduling our own Blood Drive this June, we are advertising the one planned for the nearby Homewood campus this summer.  You can find more information about the event and how to schedule an appointment on a bulletin insert this weekend.

       It has been so impressive to see (details in the bulletin) the results of your generosity this year, as we have now reached 104% of our parish goal in the Annual Appeal.  Because we receive a rebate of 40% of every dollar over our goal, our designated recipients (St. Michael Indian School, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, and our parish outreach to immigrants) will be especially blessed this year by any additional gifts at this point.  A letter from Archbishop Lori (included as a bulletin insert) thanks all those who have so far contributed and welcomes further donations.

       This weekend and next my address and email in retirement will be listed in the bulletin for future use.  Over the last several weeks, parishioners who are going out-of-town have been offering thanks and saying good-bye… and I didn’t realize that leaving here would be so challenging emotionally.  Next weekend will be my last and there will be receptions after each Mass to allow some time to say farewell.  Our new pastor will be blessed with a community such as this!

Fr. Keith

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