Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Greetings! I thank the Our Lady of Penafrancia Society at St. Matthias for their generous gift to our parish in celebration of our Lady's Feast last Saturday evening. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness as your gift will certainly help reduce our parish deficit. I was delighted to be a part of your Mass and certainly enjoyed the good food afterwards.
Many heartfelt thanks to the Donald P. and Byrd M. Kelly Foundation for their generous monetary gift for our Parish in honor of their dear friend, our former Pastor, Fr. Terry Keehan. In particular, I thank Patrick Kelly, Laura Kelly Smith and Thomas Kelly. Thank you all for your generosity and thoughtfulness. Your generous gift will go towards our Church Painting Project. May God continue to bless Fr. Terry in his ministry at the Holy Family parish in Inverness.
A big thanks also goes out to our parishioners and our guests in attendance at our 4 PM Mass last Sunday for helping us clear the Sanctuary and prepare for the Painting/Scaffolding project that started this past Monday morning at 6 AM. I thank ALL of you for staying after Mass to lend a helping hand!
We are days away from the Friends of the Craft and Friends of the Grape events. If you don't have your ticket(s) for the Friends of the Craft on Friday night, I would recommend getting right on it as the festivity is almost sold out. Tickets for the Friends of the Grape are still available but are selling briskly so I would also suggest purchasing them as soon as possible. Folks vote with their feet and the success of our advance ticket sales speaks volumes in saying that our Friends of the Craft and Friends of the Grape events are enjoyable and fun events. AND THEY ARE!!! I so enjoyed the Friends of the Grape fundraiser last year and I am looking forward to next weekend. Helping hands are needed for both events so please consider offering your time and further enhancing the pleasure and community of the weekend. Please see page 4 for further details. Please note that next Sunday our 10:30 AM Mass has been changed to 11:30 AM so that parishioners and guests can attend Mass and then walk directly across the street to our Friends of the Grape event. There will be NO 4 PM Mass on Sunday, October 2nd. All proceeds from this weekend will go towards both our school and church. So please, EVERYONE JOIN US FOR OUR CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER NEXT WEEKEND!!!
Starting next weekend, the Archdiocese begins the annual October Count. So you will be seeing our Ushers being more actively visible in counting heads, including our dear children. With the Archbishop's new program, Renew My Church, the October count has taken on more significance. We have asked our Ushers to be diligent and accurate in this task as the Archdiocese is closely monitoring all parish attendance. We were over 500 last year per weekend and it would be great to get into the 600 number this year. Please invite your neighbors and parish friends to come with you to Mass. Speaking of the Archbishop, I have been asked if I sent him a copy of my letter in the September 11 bulletin. Yes, I have as I would never want people talking behind my back either. No response from downtown on that communication as of yet.
As I mentioned last week, candles both large ($5) and small ($3) are always available before or after Mass in our Sacristy. Someone will always be available in the back to help you with your candle purchase. These candles can be left on our side altars, the side candle racks, or be taken home. We are looking for locked strong boxes to attach to the candle racks to make your purchase easier and more convenient but always know, a purchase can be made in our Sacristy.
On this coming Saturday, October 1st, at 11 AM, we will have our annual St. Francis of Assisi pet blessing. Our prayer will be celebrated in the rectory garden. I just ask that your pet please be secured in one way or another. Your favorite stuffed pet-animal will also be blessed.
The new RCIA season of 2016-2017 will begin in our parish on Tuesday, October 4th, at 7 PM. Karyn McGovern and I will be the presenters for the evening. Our first meeting will be a cook-out with food and beverage available for all attendees. The RCIA Program is designed for adults who have not yet been baptized, for adults who have been baptized in another religious tradition and would like to become Catholic, or for adults already baptized but in need of the sacrament(s) of Eucharist, Confirmation or Reconciliation. I so enjoyed being one of the presenters last year and I look forward to this year. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Karyn or myself here at the rectory.
Please join us for our Events weekend on September 30th, at 7 PM and on Sunday October 2nd at 11:30 AM.
As I briefly mentioned last week, our parish will be participating in the Baby Bottle Project during the month of October, the month of Respect for Life. As you are well aware, our church teaching is all life is to be respected from moment of conception until moment of natural death or what is commonly said: 'from womb to tomb'. This particular baby-bottle project (there are different ones) is being sponsored by The Women's Centers of Greater Chicagoland. Please check the bulletin for details on this project during the month of October.
Please see page 2 of our bulletin for the Offertory collection summary of last week. On behalf of our Parish Finance Committee and myself, thank you for your generosity. I thank you for all that you do for our Family of St. Matthias. I pray for you everyday.
I have been noticing that a local gas station has been in the process of being torn down but ever so slowly, ever so slowly, slow as slow can get. It has been as boring as watching paint dry. Suddenly it is down and now, there is a Benjamin Moore Paint Store set to open!
Have a good week!