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Pastor's Column

December 2, 2018 Pastor's column

     This Saturday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation.  We will celebrate a Friday vigil Mass at 6:30 p.m. and a Saturday morning Mass at 8:15.  Bishop Rhoades is coming on Saturday for a 10:30 Confirmation Mass, which will also count for the holy day obligation.  Our Saturday evening Mass will cover either the holy day obligation or the Sunday obligation, but not both.  (If you come Saturday evening to cover the holy day, you will need to return for a Mass on Sunday as well.) 

     Sister Genevieve will talk briefly next weekend about the needs of our retired religious and we will offer our annual collection to help.  There is an envelope in the envelope packet or you may mark a check or an envelope next weekend.    

     St. Charles and St. Patrick parishes have a long-standing relationship, and our parish council organized three different events last year to build on that relationship.  [You may recall from our parish history that Father Hession came to us from St. Patrick, and when we built our first church, St. Patrick bought the pews for us.  Today, we offer some financial assistance to St. Patrick.]  We have recently received an invitation for the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Patrick on December 12.  Following a Mexican custom, the celebration begins very early in the morning, at 5:00 a.m.  (Yes, you are reading that right…. 5:00 a.m.) The event begins with Spanish music and traditional costumed dancing, followed by a 6:00 a.m. Spanish Mass, and then breakfast.   Last year Fr. Dennis and I attended along with several other parishioners.  We would love to see more.  For a beautiful ethnic celebration of Our Lady, join us at St. Patrick very early on December 12.

     The parish was very generous in buying olivewood items to support the Christians in the Holy Land.  Parishioners purchased $5620 in carved olivewood.