Life chain is scheduled to take place between 2 and 3pm on October 2, 2016. We will be gathering in the front of our church along Mackenzie Road as we have over the past few years. What can you expect? We stand quietly and pray. We join with our like-minded brothers and sisters to witness to the sanctity of human life. We pray for an end to abortion in our country and for those who feel compelled to choose to end the life of an unborn child. Thomas Jefferson said, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” I’m sure he would find our present situation quite disturbing. Please consider sharing an hour of your time to stand for human life.
In an ongoing attempt to clarify which fund-raisers are for St. Dominic Savio and which are for our school, Holy Cross Academy, please consult the list below:
The Holy Cross Academy Legacy Gala occurs in November and is an opportunity to celebrate the members of our community who serve as leaders rooted in the values of our faith. Many of you contribute to our parish by evangelizing our faith, ministering to the poor, the weak and the ostracized, or building a community of prayer and service around core Catholic Christian values. I can think of several parishioners who are committed to academic success or who give generously of their time, talents, and treasure for the enrichment of us all. The Annual Legacy Gala is an opportunity for us to recognize such individuals this year. Please see the next page for a more detailed description of how to nominate someone from our parish for an award.
The parish council is about to move forward with a series of meetings to help develop Action Steps for our Parish Plan. These Action Steps will help us achieve the Goals and Objectives we have set for the parish for the next five years. There will be a special section of the bulletin outlining when and where the meetings are taking place if you want to be involved and have your voice heard.
Most of us are familiar with having Mass intentions offered for departed loved ones. I encourage the practice because there isn’t anything you can do for a family member or friend that is more valuable than having the holy sacrifice of the Mass offered on their behalf. We have a whole section of the bulletin dedicated for this purpose. Most of the parishes I have been affiliated with also have a Parish Purgatorial Society and I want to offer that option at our parish, too. Parish members enroll their faithful departed, friends and family, in the parish purgatorial society. The names are then placed on the altar when the Masses are offered in November. An envelope for this purpose should be included in your October packet. The typical offering to have your family members enrolled is $5.00 per name. Simply write all the names of the people you want remembered in our Parish Purgatorial Society on the envelope.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us
Fr. Paul J. Rothschild