Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for you!

By Fr. Paul Shovelain

“Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I continually thank God for you!” I begin with these words from my patron, St. Paul, as they echo my heart. I wish you grace and peace this day amid the challenges we are facing. I continually thank God for you as well, as I am grateful to serve you as pastor. Yes, it has been quite the whirlwind since I began. However, I am grateful for your patience with me and my dedication to following the call of Christ. Your faith inspires me onwards as well. Be assured of my prayers for you this day.

We had a beautiful Mass this morning with Fr. Skluzacek and uplifting music. Click here to watch a replay of it. The word Eucharist means thanksgiving, and we are truly grateful to God for sending his Son to rescue us from sin. He continues to come to us at every Mass and I encourage you to frequent the Mass, even virtually. As this Advent season approaches, consider how you will prepare your hearts for Christ’s coming? Join us daily at 3pm for the Litany in Time of Need, attend daily Mass in-person or online.  We will be offering Mass at 8:30am on Saturday mornings throughout the season of Advent. Sign up for the 1% Challenge. Make a choice to prepare yourself for Christmas.  Advent will be slower-paced this year due to fewer events to attend. Take advantage of this opportunity to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ!

Parking lot events are returning! Join us on the Thursdays of Advent for Adoration in the North parking lot by the school gym. We will have adoration on the gym canopy where the Nativity Scene will be set up from 5-8pm on December 3rd, 10th, and 17th. Come and spend a half-hour or an hour with the Lord! From 5-5:30pm we will pray a rosary and offer Solemn Benediction. From 6:00-6:30pm we will pray the Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours and offer Solemn Benediction. From 7-7:30pm we will praise God through praise and worship music and offer Solemn Benediction. Jesus will remain exposed from 5pm-8pm so you can come and go when you wish. We will broadcast the sound through an FM transmitter so that you can hear from your car radio. We look forward to praying with you!

Beginning this weekend, with new protocols in place, we will resume taking up a collection with collection baskets. The ushers will come to you in the pew with the collection baskets to take up the collection. Since we have open pews, the usher will be able to walk through the empty pew if you are in the middle of two groups of people to get to you. You do not need to climb over others, please just raise your envelope up and make eye contact with the usher to make sure you are able to give your offering. Of course, you are welcome to give electronically by clicking here. Thank you for your generosity!