Wednesday, August 14, 2019
XIX Week in Ordinary Time
Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption
This email is a day early simply because the office will be closed tomorrow for the Solemnity of the Assumption. The Vigil Mass will be celebrated this evening at 7:00 PM and tomorrow Mass will be at 7:30 AM and 12:00 noon.   

The Missionary Appeal
This weekend Fr. Paul Frechette, S.M. will be with us on behalf of his own community’s missionary efforts as well as the work of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Father will speak at all the Masses. The collection will go to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith which in turn distributes the funds gathered to missionary work in and through the Church Universal. 

School Drive
Our Annual School Drive wraps up this weekend. The recipients are the students at Blessed Virgin Mary School (BVM) in Darby, PA and St. Gabriel’s School in South Philadelphia. Collections will be held before/after all Masses that weekend. I ask that you bring your donations to the gymnasium in the Parish Life Center. The response in the past has always been very generous. I thank you in advance for your goodness to those in need. 

Bishop Barron – Letter to a Suffering Church
The book will be distributed on the Weekend of September 14th and 15th. I think that a period of two weeks to read will enable the people to get through the slim but somewhat jarring volume. After the distribution, I will host two or three meetings in order to allow parishioners to gather and process what Bishop Barron has, with characteristic insight, shared with the faithful. 

P.R.E.P and Children’s Liturgy of the Word
September 8th is a big day on our Campus. Not only is it our Blessed Mother’s Birthday it is our first Sunday P.R.E.P class for the fall and the first Children’s Liturgy of the Word. The Wednesday classes will begin on September 11th and with that the catechists and students once again begin their efforts to learn and grow in the faith. 

St. Cornelius School 
The first day of school for our parochial school children is Monday, August 26th  for Grades 1 to 8. Kindergarten orientation begins KDG orientation is August 28th and Orientation for PK3 + PK4 is August 29th.  I feel as though I should apologize for ending summer for our children, but all good things do come to an end. 

This Sunday please plan on joining in the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary after the 11:00 AM Mass. Mark your calendars for September 13th when we will celebrate our Lady of Fatima with the 1:00 AM Mass and rosary after. Check future Thursday emails for more details.   

The Undisclosed Location 
If anyone ever asks you: Do you want to go to Cleveland? Pack your bags. 
Last week I signed off with what I hoped was a humorous admission that I was away. The undisclosed location was Cleveland, Ohio. My family has for years been friendly with Bishop Nelson Perez. Bishop Perez was ordained a priest for Philadelphia, ordained a bishop for the Diocese of Rockville-Centre and was named the Ordinary for the Diocese of Cleveland. He is the 11th Bishop of that See. 

With two of my sisters, my brother and his wife we met in Cleveland for what turned out to be a terrific week. Originally, I was to stay with the sibs at an Airbnb. Bishop persuaded me to stay with him at the residence of the Cathedral. Like Mary in John’s Gospel, I chose the better portion. 

The Cleveland Museum of Art is fantastic. We went to a home game for the Indians. Although the game was rained out, our seats were in the owner’s box. Mr. & Mrs. Dolan, the owners, are devout Catholics and very active in the church. She very generously invited us and when the rains fell sent us on our way with a traditional ballpark meal of hot dogs and popcorn. 

We found the spot where President Garfield is buried. Well, he is not really buried but you can check that out on your own. Another notable in a nearby spot was John D. Rockefeller. He may have been the richest man in the world at one time, for now he has gone the way of all flesh. An interesting point on which to reflect. 

We made a trip to Put-In-Bay later in the week which is an island in the middle of Lake Eire. You can’t believe the size of Lake Eire; it could be called the Sea of Eire.  Now the vacationing is over, but the summer is not. I am grateful for my family and for my friendship with Bishop Perez. Now I can be grateful for Cleveland.   Among many fine things to come from Cleveland is our own Archdeacon Dick Wirth whose face lit up when I was telling him of my travels.

Msgr. Diamond