Once again I find myself saying thank you. It is such a great phrase. Thank you to all those who arranged, participated and attended our Parish Craft Fair. It is always such a wonderful way to find that just so perfect gift.
With this issue of our parish bulletin there is a copy of the minutes of the Parish Planning Meeting that was held here on November 25th. Please take time to read them so as to be up to date as possible. We will again meet on December 10th at St. John of the Cross. The topic for discussion is printed elsewhere in this bulletin. An informed people is our best way to proceed. I thank you for all those who returned the church of choice survey. The highest number of votes went to Our Lady Help of Christian, Abington and St. Katherine of Siena, Horsham. Neither of these parishes are in our parish planning choices. That information was communicated to Msgr. McHenry. However, it seems that there is no way that we would merge, if there were a merger at all, with those parishes due to the predetermined parishes of study.
The Priest Day of Sanctification was very enjoyable, helpful and prayerful for all. Msgrs. Bolger, Flood, McCoy and myself traveled together and I thanked them again on your behalf for their wonderful and friendly assistance as our weekend help. Keep them in your prayers.
Sister Mary Catherine has begun the Advent Scripture Series. This is a very useful way of participating in Advent. Do something positive for Advent, go to Confession for example. Advent: The Time To Prepare Ye a Way of the Lord.
The Right to Life March on Washington will take place on January 22, 2014. Those available to participate are asked to call the rectory for registration or for more details. Especially looking for our young adults to witness in Washington D.C. And thanks to our young people for coming to weekly Mass. We need you. Please be faithful to Christ and thanks for attending.
Our blood drive held on Monday, November 25th resulted in 41 persons contributing blood. Thank You. This donation of life will potentially help 123 others.
Remember and pray: We are One Church, One Faith, One Christ who we live and serve. In light of the new identities of us as a people of God, think whole church and not just a parish church. In all matters be open-minded, open hearted, charitable in speech and action, especially among ourselves, and be kind to one another out of love for Christ. Avoid judging or rash judging others. Avoid gossip.
Please keep Sister Angela Joseph, IHM in your daily prayers. Her recovery has been complicated and serious. Also remember the families who lost loved ones recently. May their families be assisted by your prayers as they heal and grow in a renewal of faith.
God Bless you and your families,
Rev. Richard P. Connors