Pastor’s Piece – July 4, 2021

If you don’t have plans for fireworks this Independence Day, consider the front porch of the church. Middleburg is returning to their annual fireworks display. I invite you all to join me at our church’s front steps for one of the best views of the display without the hassle of traffic, parking, or fees. The Knights of Columbus have agreed to grill hamburgers and hot dogs for us. Feel free to bring a side and beverage. Fireworks are scheduled at 9:15 PM. We’ll start gathering at 7:00 PM.

Speaking of important anniversaries, Bishop Burbidge is preparing for our diocese to mark its 50th Anniversary in 2024. That year and the years leading up to it will have a variety of events and themes that have yet to be determined. Nevertheless, it has come to my attention a significant event that will interest of many of you and for which we should plan. So, I wish to get this date out on your calendars ASAP. On June 25, 2022, Bishop Burbidge is organizing a pilgrimage to Philadelphia to visit the remains of St. John Neuman and St. Katharine Drexel. Speaking of pilgrimages, the diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is this October 30. More information to follow.

I’ve been blessed as the recipient of many kind and delicious meals prepared by so many of you over the years. Perhaps, you have wondered where you favorite Tupperware container has gotten to. So many of them started to pile up at the rectory before the pandemic that I had intended to try to return them, but then all of a sudden, I no longer saw so many of you. Blessedly, the flock is returning with regularity. If per chance, you think that you have a missing food storage container, please, visit the parish hall where I’ve placed them on the countertop.

Christ’s Peace
Fr. Murphy