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Support the Diocese of Obala, Cameroon

On September 20th  our second collection will support the Diocese of Obala, Cameroon.  Please go to https://arlingtonmissions.org/diocese-of-obala-2/ to find out more about their ministry. If you would like to donate to their efforts click the link at the bottom on the page.  Your gifts and prayers will be a blessing to families who benefit from this loving outreach in mission countries!

Knights of Columbus Sub Sale

The Father Jon O’Brien Council of the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Sub-Sale on Sunday, September 13th after 9:00 AM Mass at Four Hills Farm as a kickoff to the NFL season. The sandwiches are on a hoagie roll and include ham, salami, bologna and provolone cheese.

Due to COVID-19, all sandwiches must be pre-ordered and paid in advance at the following website. The price is $6.00 per sandwich and the deadline to order is Sunday, September 6th at 7:00 PM.

Pastor’s Piece – August 22

Last Friday and Saturday ten people in our parish completed their Sacraments of Initiation and were confirmed in the faith. I wish to
congratulate: • Christian “José Sanchez” Arellano
• Anna “Rita of Cascia” Ferraro
• Eric “Joseph of Cupertino” Montalvo
• Zackery “Sebastian” Montalvo
• Giannina “Fatima” Obando
• Madeline “Augustine” Peters
• César Uriel Cortés-Cortés
• Mayra Graciela Vera-Ramos
• Anthoni Yanel Flores-Arellano
• Candace “Bernadette” Cooper

Pastor’s Piece – August 1

St. Alphonsus Liguori – August 1, 2020

Although the Easter Vigil was canceled that doesn’t mean that the Lord’s work of sharing the faith was suspended. We still had souls preparing to join the Catholic Church and adult Catholics seeking full initiation into Christ’s Church. As unique as shutting down the Easter Vigil is to Church history, so we find a unique opportunity in our faith this August.

Sunday Mass at Four Hills Farm

We are pleased to share that a parish family has graciously offered their family barn as a temporary home for us to celebrate Mass!  We have been working out the details and are overwhelmingly thankful for this opportunity.  As you know, PWC intends to keep schools closed for awhile making it obvious we are without a Spiritual Home.  It is so sad that we have had no place to worship.

 Thankfully, we now have a new temporary home! The joy of again seeing the families of SKD while praising our Lord, will be wonderful.  We have truly missed you!   

Pastor’s Piece – July 25

I’m happy to announce that SSM is safer than ever. Our 5pm Saturday Mass, where there is an extra emphasis on wearing the mask, was met with a positive response. To give you a sense of what you might expect. We had less than thirty in the congregation. In addition, I have spared no expense to equip our air-conditioning system with antimicrobial filters. Of course, there are always the options to take in Mass in the great outdoors (on the patio), in the parish hall with a television monitor (not available Saturday nights), and starting Sunday August 2, for those at SKD, in a barn at the Fall Festival venue Four Hills Farm (4610 Sudley Rd, Catharpin) at 9:00 am.

Pastor’s Piece – July 18

Excerpts from From Married Love and the Gift of Life.

Men and women considering marriage yearn for certain things. They want to be accepted unconditionally by each other. They want their marriage to be filled with love and happiness. They want a family. In short, they want their marriage to be a source of joy and fulfillment their whole life long. God’s plan for marriage, from the time he first created human beings as male and female, has always included all this and more.

Pastor’s Piece – July 11

PASTOR’S PIECE
St. Benedict, July 11, 2020
(Mensaje para los que hablan español está abajo.)
The results of the parochial survey are in in. The most important life
altering responses are that 118 of you registered families from SKD
would bring your family to a Mass at a farm, if I offered it. The second
big change indicator is that 46 families from SSM said that they
would attend an exclusive mask only Mass, if I offered it.
So, I’ll get to work to make it happen.

Pastor’s Piece – July 4

Please see below for a letter from Bishop Burbidge concerning the 2020 Census.

Just a reminder that there will be no afternoon Confessions on July 4.

Also, please look for a survey that I have sent in regard to Mass at St. Katharine Drexel. Please check your spam folder if it doesn’t appear in your inbox. The survey will be open until next Saturday, June 11, 2020.