Dear Family of St. Matthias,
I thank our Parishioner Luz Ong for being the 'Chair' of last Saturday's 15th Anniversary of the Santo Nino de Agosto which was celebrated here at St. Matthias. Thanks Luz for your leadership and for the many, many hours in which you put in to make the Celebration happen. I thank our two Parishioner Groups St. Matthias Legion of Mary and Society of Beloved Disciple for representing our Parish last Saturday. I was glad to be with you all and be a part of your Celebration from Mass, Procession and delicious lunch.
As we have now finished the month long reading from the Gospel of St. John 6th Chapter entitled: The Bread of Life Chapter, I thought it was a good opportunity for me to mention on how I am so impressed on how we celebrate the Eucharist here at St. Matthias. I feel that Mark Meier is doing a superb job in picking appropriate Music for our Masses and Mark, Jennifer and Michael are certainly helping us with the musical talented voices to pray in song. I look forward to hearing our Choir next month as they return from a summer break. Our Lectors and Eucharist Ministers come ready to serve. Our Ushers have things in good control. Karyn is doing a great job with our Servers and our Server's attendance is quite consistent and attentive to their tasks at hand. I also want to thank our Mass Captains for setting up for our weekend Masses as always, things are set to go in a timely fashion. Thanks also to Erlinda Escobaar, Bob Weyers and Jan Hussar for their Daily Mass Ministry as well. I want to thank you ALL of you for your service, your commitment and willing service to help us pray. I THANK YOU ALL! And you know what is also very nice and I am really liking doing it and that is Praying as a Group before Mass. All of us who are serving, offer a Prayer together before leaving the Sacristy. What a great way to get ourselves spiritually prepared to Pray and Serve. I thank you all.
As I said on my first weekend here, the Celebration of Eucharist is the most important event of our Parish. And thanks to the good Folks above, we do celebrate Eucharist!
Tickets for the Events Weekend go on sale this Tuesday. Please see page 8 for further information on how to purchase them or just further information on this event. I am looking forward to this Event Celebration as it is important for Parish Unity that we have such social events to get to know one another and about one another as we see each other in Church or on the Square but this gives us the opportunity to put names to faces etc. And what an enjoyable way to raise money for our Parish and our School so that we can continue to offer Pastoral and Educational Services. Please join us and please remember that on Sunday, October 4th Mass will be at 11:30AM with the Friends of the Grape Event immediately following.
I celebrated the 6:30PM Mass over at St. Benedict's last Sunday our Cluster Evening Mass. As I am here longer, I am beginning to recognize more and more of you. And St. Matthias was well represented at our Cluster Mass.. Much like we had a few weeks back here at St. Matthias, St. Benedict had their annual Summer Mission Appeal. Their Speaker was a Missionary from Techny whom had spent many of his priestly years in foreign lands.
Glad to say no more vandalism on our Church doors but sad to say, no leads on the perpetrators. If you don't like how the Church doors were cleaned, please let me know and we will wash them again or paint them.
A summary of last week's Offertory collection can be found on page 2. I thank you for your generosity. I thank you for ALL that you do for our Parish Family.
I pray for you everyday.
Have you noticed that Brown's, KFC and Popeye's Chicken restaurants are suddenly advertising their dark meat specials in newspaper ads. It appears that they are trying to get a 'leg-up' on each other. Have a great week.