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Fr. Keith's Korner

Thanks to all those who made blood donations and shared the gift of life during our spring Red Cross blood drive last Saturday. We received twenty pints of blood and achieved our goal! Many thanks to volunteers Julie Fernandes, Terri O’Sullivan, Linda Gery, Mary Ann Infantolino, Claudette Lucas, Rosemary Allender, and Edi Stewart who kept the day running smoothly.

Fr. Sumeth spoke before all the Masses last weekend about the education fund being established in his home parish in Sri Lanka to care for children who lost one or both parents during the terrorist attack at Mass there on Easter morning. A special second collection is scheduled for next weekend, and an informational insert and envelope is included in this bulletin in order to contribute to this educational fund.

Our newly reinvigorated Adult Faith Formation Committee was anxious to receive your input and ideas concerning needs and interests in this area, and so they were very pleased to receive almost 250 survey responses either electronically or on paper. Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the survey, and the results are posted on a bulletin insert this weekend.

I’m grateful to staff member Brian McCrohan and the members of the Adult Faith Formation Committee for their leadership in this area of parish ministry.

I just saw an Archdiocesan report which revealed that many of our 150 parishes have experienced decreased offertory collection during the first ten months of the present fiscal year. I’m so grateful that through your generosity and commitment, our offertory giving has shown a slight increase. Just as important, we have been able to make our monthly mortgage payment and even surpassed our Annual Appeal goal.

This enables our parish ministries and activities to flourish, so thanks so much for your continued support.

As one who is often called “Father”, I wish all fathers a “Happy Father’s Day” with God’s blessing!

Fr. Keith Boisvert

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