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Part of our parish Pentecost tradition is the offering of Pentecost Spirit Renewal Forms at Mass. I am so heartened that 160 of our parish households (an increase of 28%) completed the form they received at home, and brought it to church that weekend. Twenty-five of our electronic givers returned the EFT form, which resulted in an increase in regular offertory giving. This indicates a wonderful sense of commitment to the mission of our parish, and the value that the life of faith has for many of you, and I am deeply grateful for your caring response.

In recent weeks at Mass we solicited volunteers to assist with various parish activities, and the response has been so generous. Seven families came forward after the 9:00 AM Mass to provide transportation for Mary Brockway so she can keep coming to Mass. And fourteen families/groups offered their services to weed and maintain the seven rain garden/bio-retention ponds, which allows the work to be shared. Our thanks to Judy Moriarty for coordinating the rides for Mary Brockway, and Jerry Hamilla for coordinating the care of the ponds-- and all those who volunteered!

We continue to develop small groups at our parish targeted at specific areas. In recent months a Saturday morning Men's group has started to offer men a place to develop spiritually, and for many years we have had

a Grief Support group that meets monthly. The newest group to emerge is a Breast Cancer Support group that will start meeting on the first Thursday of each month. Please inform anyone this group might benefit.

Monday morning the children will start arriving for Vacation Bible School, an annual summer ritual here that takes lots of organization and volunteers. Many thanks to all the adults and teens who have offered to help, and special gratitude to Theresa Anderson who does a great job as coordinator. Please pray that our children may grow in their love God

during this special week that we provide for them.

Fr. Keith Boisvert

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