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Our annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday 10 September (the Sunday after Labor Day) and you may sign up after all weekend Masses

starting this weekend. We usually have great weather and several hundred people gathered in Clover Hill Park to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall activities, so I hope you and your family will join us this year for this special parish event. We are looking for new coordinators to lead the event next fall, so to allow for training this year, please contact Monica or Allen Karczmarek at 301-696-8806 or mkarczmarek@yahoo.com We are very grateful to Allen and Monica for the excellent job they have done in coordinating the picnic for the last two years.

This is the time of year when students are leaving for college, and so we ask God's blessing on them during their time away from home and pray that they will truly value the educational opportunity they have and grow significantly in wisdom and knowledge and personal maturity during the coming academic year.

Last week much appreciation was expressed by Carol Davis for all those who donated their hair to be used in wigs for children who have lost hair due to illness. She will provide a report in a future bulletin.

Fr. Faubert, the pastor of our sister-parish in Haiti, was also very grateful for the hospitality he received during his visit, and the partnership that exists between our parishes. Thanks so much to all our parishioners who assisted, especially to Alexis Zabsonre and Francine Kasende for their translation services, to Emmanuel Mulumba and Alyce Luck for transporting Fr. Faubert to and from New Jersey, and to Pierre and Yannick Parice who hosted Fr. Faubert at their home over the weekend. Merci beaucoup!

On Tuesday this week we celebrate the feast of the Assumption as a holyday of obligation, and so I look forward to worshipping with you that day at either 8:30 AM or 7:00 PM Mass.

Fr. Keith Boisvert

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