Pastor's Column

April 21, 2019 Pastor's column

     We welcome all of the family members and visitors who join us for Easter.  This is the greatest celebration of our faith, and we are honored to have you with us.  If any visitors are looking for a Church family, we would love to hear from you.

     We received a gracious note of thanks from the Christ Child Society for our parish participation in their baby bottle collection.  We contributed $6500 this year.  This will help many new moms and at-risk children in our community.

     We also received a card with Easter blessings from St. Mary’s Seminary in Fort Portal, Uganda.  As part of our parish tithe, we sent $7,700 in December.  They sent photos as well as receipts to show how they had used the money.  They bought Liturgy of the Hours prayer books, 30 classroom desks (3-seaters), and large quantities of beans and maize flour for their meals.  Their photos include a picture of young seminarians proudly sitting in the new desks.  I will post the pictures in the Gathering Space.  (If I can figure out how to do it, I will also scan some photos and include them in my pastor’s column on our website, stcharlesfw.org.)  

     Thanks are due to the Knights of Columbus and all of the dessert bakers and workers who made our Fish Fry a success.  After 1100 hungry customers, we ran out of fish and had to turn people away.

     The bishop is enthused about a slick new prayer app called Hallow, designed by some Notre Dame students.  Check www.hallow.app.

     Next weekend is Divine Mercy Sunday.  As mentioned in last week’s bulletin, a plenary indulgence is offered to those who receive Holy Communion on Mercy Sunday, have a good confession within 20 days, have a complete detachment from sin, and offer prayers for the Holy Father.  We will offer those prayers at the end of each Mass next Sunday. More information is available at https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/.  St. Jude Parish is offering a Divine Mercy service, including the chaplet, at 3:00 next Sunday.