Thursday, September 12, 2019
XXIII Week in Ordinary Time
Forty Hours Devotion September 15, 16 and 17
The Forty Hours Devotion is a special forty-hour period of prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. I have invited a friend and former colleague from our time at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary to be the guest preacher. Fr. Patrick Welsh and I go back a long way. I like to introduce him and say that he and I were in high school together. While that statement is true, it needs to be nuanced: I was on the faculty and he was in my homeroom. He is a fine preacher with a degree in Liturgy from San Anselmo in Rome and I know he will bring an added depth to the celebrations each evening.
I hope that you are able to take time to celebrate Evening Prayer and Benediction this coming Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
The Fall Festival
Annual Meeting and Report on the State of the Parish
On Sunday, September 28th at all the Masses, I will make my Annual State of the Parish Presentation. This will be followed with a Q & A session on Thursday evening October 3rd at 7:00 PM. The meeting should last about an hour. The presentation on Sunday and Thursday will include an overview of the parish and a financial review. Last week the report on the fiscal year 2019 was distributed. The State of the Parish address will explore what is new and what is needed.
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is Friday October 4th. On Saturday October 5th we will have the annual Blessing of the Animals on the lawn in front of the Church. Since that is the first Saturday of the month, we will celebrate Mass at 8:00 AM followed by our monthly Bagels with Barron. The animals will be blessed at 10:30 AM.
Medicare Options in Retirement Seminar
On Sunday, September 29th and Sunday October 6th there will be an educational seminar discussing strategies for all your health insurance and Medicare needs in retirement. The following topics will be addressed: Medicare changes, how to comprehend all the choices, understanding all the letters (A, B, C and D) and all the Plans (F, G and N). Timeframe for when to sign up for Medicare will be discussed, as well as penalties. The presentation is free and will be led by Ms. Donna Simpson, a parishioner who works in this field.
The meetings will be in the Parish Life Center on the dates indicated. The session begins at 12:15 PM and will be 60 to 90 minutes in length. Please RSVP if interested, you can RSVP to Donna Simpson (610) 494-8270 ext. 101 or via email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Barron – Letter to a Suffering Church
The book will be distributed on this Weekend, September 14th and 15th. I think that a period of two weeks to read will enable you to get through the slim but somewhat jarring volume. After the distribution, I will host two meetings in order to allow parishioners to gather and process what Bishop Barron has, with characteristic insight, shared with the faithful. The meetings will be held on Tuesday October 1st and 15th. Our moderator will be Sr. Patricia Talone, RSM. We will meet in the PLC at 7:00.
I only ordered 400 copies, but you can buy it at Amazon or at Bishop Barron’s web site @ https://www.wordonfire.org. The cost is about $10.00 for a paperback and 99 cents for the Kindle version.
Archdiocesan Pilgrimage in honor of Our Blessed Mother
I am thinking about getting a bus to join in the annual Pilgrimage to DC. This pilgrimage will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. and includes Confessions, Procession and Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Holy Rosary. The pilgrimage concludes with a Solemn Mass at 3:00 PM.
We will leave the parish Campus at 8:00 AM getting to the Basilica in plenty of time. Departure will be about 4:30 PM and we will arrive back on Campus no later than 7:30 PM. I will need to know of your interest. If you are interested in joining please contact the office @ 610.459.2502 or via email at email@example.com.
So far, there have only been two people who have expressed an interest in going on the pilgrimage. And I am one of them.
Thursday Morning Bible Study
We pick up on our exploration of Sacred Scripture on Thursday, September 19th at 10:00 AM in the Fr. Simon Room. All men and women of this parish and others are welcome. Please bring a bible.
That Man Is You
The spiritual journey for men in our parish began yesterday morning at 6:00 AM. I know the hour is early and a challenge, but the program and the fellowship are both extraordinary. Please consider taking up the challenge this semester for the next round of spiritual growth led through the program TMIY. This year’s program is entitled The Battle Over The Bride, the unveiling of love. I hope to see you on Wednesday mornings.
Do you know of anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and possibly becoming Catholic? A period of discernment within the R.C.I.A. program begins this fall. We have a meet and greet scheduled for Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 in the Parish Life Center. You are invited to attend to begin prayerful discernment.
One of my assertions on a regular basis is this: We’re Catholic. We love symbols. One of my symbols that might not be so obvious is the car I drive. It is a 2008 Honda CRV with 270,000 miles on it. I’ll bet you don’t know many people who can claim that they have over a quarter million miles on their car. I bought it almost new with about 36K miles on it. It has been fairly well beaten up over the years and I think it is about to give up the ghost. Shopping for a car is not one of my favorite activities, as you can tell by the frequency that I do it.
The process is now is pretty much all electronic. Shopping via email is both a challenge and involves faith. Fortunately, I made a connection and hopefully will be driving a new CRV with more confidence than I now have. My guy offered me a red one; too flashy I thought. And I don’t want a black, for obvious reasons. I hope to get this settled soon. Otherwise you may see me on Route 202 riding my bike to the Wegman’s.