We have started the month of September and that means that the summer period has ended and it is time to change our routine. All the children have returned to school and have begun to focus on their education. I hope you have had a good summer and that family life has been united more and you have been able to rest enough to start this new stage of the year.
Perhaps some of you are already aware that next year from July 17 to 21, 2024, the 10th National Eucharistic Congress will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, it will be a meeting of faith at the national level, as a Diocese and of course as a parish we will participate and prepare for this congress; This year we have to prepare at the parish level, therefore, I encourage all the ministries and movements to reflect on the Eucharistic mystery. In the coming weeks I will give you more information on the topics that we will meditate on or that you can meditate on in the ministries. It is necessary that we stop to meditate, deepen and learn more about the great gift that Jesus has given us by staying in the Eucharist.
Every two years the diocese usually makes a pilgrimage, this year we will make a pilgrimage with our Bishop to the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton National Basilica and to the National Basilica of Lourdes Grotto both places in Emmitsburg MD on October 7, our Bishop Michael Burbidge invites us to accompany him, I think it will be a beautiful opportunity to live together as a parish. We are going to rent a bus to all go together, I would like you to register as soon as possible. If you wish to participate please call the parish office to sign up. The cost per person is $35.00.
Speaking of the parish environment, with great joy I share that the profit from the parish Festival was $40,012.84, it was worth the effort and all the work we did as a parish family. Thank you very much for the effort, and everyone’s participation; I think that for the third festival we have had a great achievement. I am very grateful for the help of all the volunteers, patrons, movements, and ministries of the parish; Without your help, this event would not have been a success. Their effort and enthusiasm brought joy and unity to the parish. I am very happy because this year I was able to feel and see unity. I am proud of how we worked together from start to finish. We have set a precedent and our festival grows year after year and creates an identity due to how we have structured it: the quality of the food, the entertainment and participation for children, youth and adults. I feel happy working with you. The staff, volunteers, and sponsors gave their all to make this work.
I hope you have a blessed week, I keep you in my prayers.