This weekend we wish a happy Father’s Day to all of the dads in our parish and we remember fathers who have died. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we remember that the love of God is modelled in the love of a good father.
We are grateful for the Knights of Columbus, who replaced the outdated defibrillator in church. Our parish has three defibrillators: one in the church Gathering Space, one in the Hession Center gym door, and one between the school cafeteria and Parish Hall. We hope and pray that they will never be needed.
A ceremony unfamiliar to many is taking place in our parish this weekend. It is a custom in Mexico for a girl to come to the church for a ceremony called a Quinceanera when she turns 15. She promises to remain faithful to God and Church as she comes to give thanks. We congratulate Katia Fuentes (and we are grateful for Fr. Dennis’ skills in Spanish!)
As I am writing this column, the mortar is drying on the brick bases for our new electronic signs. By the time you read this column, the signs may be installed. These signs will allow us to better market our school, to advertise school and parish events, to notify the public of holy day Masses, to make quick notifications of school snow or fog delays, and to communicate more easily with the parish and with the neighborhood. Home and School Association fundraisers have helped us in purchasing the signs. [Mark your calendar for a big upcoming HASA event: a dinner, casino and silent auction on Feb.2.]
A final observation: For many years, the parish offered confessions from 7:30 to 8:00 on Tuesday mornings. We used to average one or two people each Tuesday. Now we offer confessions during that timeslot six days a week. We are averaging 8 or 9 people each day, or roughly 50 people each week. Beautiful.