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November 27, 2018

My Dear Ones,

May the Grace of Our Lord remain always with us!

Today is the 33rd Sunday of the Church Year – the penultimate Sunday before another Year of Grace concludes next Sunday with the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King. Where does time go?

In today’s bulletin you receive the Annual Parish Financial Report. I am deeply grateful to the many parishioners who give of their time and talent to make this report credible, transparent, and a reality.

There is good news in the report: we are a generous Parish with a great heart for the service of the poor! It is also good news that much of our deficit is from costs beyond our control. However, the report demonstrates clearly that there are challenges before us: controlled spending; the necessary salaries and benefits for an expanding staff to adequately address the mission and needs of the Parish; increased Programming as the Parish grows; growing the number of parishioners; and increased revenue.

In addition, there is the Tower Project that has loomed over us for several years: we are having the Tower repaired in 2019. I am currently receiving bids from various contractors for the restoration of the Bell Tower and tuckpointing the entire Church. Shortly after Thanksgiving those submitting bids will meet with members of the Diocesan Facilities Office and myself to explain their approach to the project and how they arrived at the proposed cost. The initial numbers are lower than expected. Work is scheduled sometime after Easter. I will keep you posted.

On Thursday of this week we celebrate our “American  Holy Day”: Thanksgiving. I am reminded of the words of a hymn, “Friends on earth and friends above; for all gentle thoughts and mild; Lord. Of all, to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise!” Each year I am more aware of those on earth and especially those above – Thank you, Lord for loving us through both of these friends! We need an increase of gentle and mild thoughts: as a nation and a world we have become so aggressive, so harsh in the tone of our words: like the people of different colors and religions on that first Thanksgiving, let us commit ourselves a new to our grateful, gentle, mild, and true hymn of grateful praise!

I hope you will be able to join us for Mass at 9am on Thanksgiving Day! Please bring canned goods, etc. to be brought forward at the Offertory and blessed before it is giving to Mary’s House. This is the constant dynamic of the Eucharist: to offer gifts in Thanksgiving and then to give them away. This is exactly what Christ does every day: He offers Himself to the Father for us, and then He gives Himself to us that we might live: now and forever!

As I come to the altar on Thanksgiving Morning, each and every one of you are in my heart: I am deeply grateful to be here with you. Transitions are never easy, but facing them with faith, hope and love allows them to be moments of grace, God’s activity, in our lives: each of you are grateful – moments of grace to me! A Blessed Thanksgiving to you, my dear ones!

O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee!

 In the Lord,

Fr. Jordan, O.P.

 

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