We are planning to provide a highly qualified slate of candidates for our Pastoral Council elections next month. If you have been contacted to run in the election, or if you are offering yourself in service to your parish in this way, please remember to submit your biographical information to the parish office by next Sunday 20 October. We like to make this background information available to all parishioners on our website and in the narthex for at least two weekends in preparation for voting.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at all the Masses next weekend. We invite parishioners who are seriously ill, anticipating surgery, experiencing the effects of aging, or suffering from illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, alcoholism or drug abuse, depression, etc. to come forward after the homily for the laying on of hands and anointing with the oil of the sick.
Our annual “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” event is a great way to get to know other parishioners, as you journey to host homes and don’t know who the other dinner guests will be. So don’t forget to sign up for this fun evening over the next few weekends after Mass—and thanks to Mike and Anna Middeke for coordinating this community-building event!
Next weekend (Saturday and Sunday) we will have our first HavestFest Artisan Craft Expo in McElroy Hall (school building.) In addition to a large number of quality artisans offering possible holiday gifts, there will be kids’ activities, food concessions, and a plant and bake sale. Please come to explore this new parish activity and help to make it a success!
At the Taste of Africa event last weekend, the African Faith Community presented me with a beautiful ebony wood carving of the head of an African woman in honor of my 40th priesthood anniversary. I am deeply touched by this gift, and the gift which the African community is in our parish.