September 22, 2019
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
REFLECTIONS OF LATE SUMMER
Last Sunday we celebrated Catechetical Sunday. How pleased Deacon Ray and I were that so many of our catechist came to the 9.30 Mass to receive a special blessing. The catechists are those many individuals who give of their time, talent and treasure, to teach the uplifting truths of our faith to our young people. I am most grateful to Brother Joseph Bellizzi, S.M., who is our Director of Religious Education. Brother Bellizzi serves our parish in this important capacity while he is also the principal of Chaminade High School. Sincere gratitude must also be extended to Mrs. Louise Shannon who is the Faith Formation Administrator of our parish. She has dedicated herself to this ministry for many years. We are grateful to her staff who are volunteers. We are also most grateful to all our aides. These are generally High School students and they serve as a youth group in service to the parish. May God bless all of them.
On Sunday, September 8, 2019, we enjoyed our annual parish picnic. This was the first time it was ever held on a Sunday (instead of Saturday evening) and was a great success. More families than ever attended, and, because we were not hindered by the setting sun, many parishioners remained enjoying the day until close to 5.00PM. The surprise of the day was the Mr. Softee Truck which arrived promptly at 2.00PM and remained until 3.30PM. The line seemed to grow continuously longer. Sincere gratitude to Chairs Mrs. Louise Shannon and Mrs. Adrianna Milana and all who helped them. There number is too great to be enumerated. The whole parish came together to work as a family so that all could enjoy the sunshine, fresh air, music, rides, and food. It is a small way in which the parish may thank all who do so much to make St. Paul’s the light that shines on the hill.
Our next important parish events will be the Gala Dinner/Casino Night on October24th at the Milleridge Inn. It will be a very entertaining evening when we will celebrate the renovation of our Church building. Then on Sunday, October 27th Bishop Barres will rededicate the Church at the 11.00AM Mass. Interestingly, that will mark the 52nd anniversary of the Dinner which celebrated the building of the completion of the Church, October 27, 1967.
The next enhancement to the Church will be the installation of the new lights. These lights are smaller than the large and heavy chandeliers that are in the Church now. They will be up to code and will spread a great deal of light. They are made of alabaster (a type of marble) and brass. They are six sided and the beautiful brass and grille work that is exemplified in the railings will also enhance the lights. Thus these lights were designed specifically for the Church. They are unique and we will not find them in the catalogue. The electrician assures us that we will save 40% of our electric bill each year because of their energy efficiency. There are no light bulbs; they are illuminated by engines. Again the electrician has assured me that they will not need any changing of lumens for 25 years. May I ask someone to hold the ladder for me when, at the age of 90, I will change them.
May God bless all of you and may these autumn days be days of grace for us all.