Christmas Arts and Craft Fair
A big THANK YOU shout out to Our Lady’s Guild and all who contributed to the Christmas Arts and Craft Fair. Our Faith Formation Students had a chance to shop for gifts at Santa’s Workshop. Not to be missed is the Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 19 at 11:30. Hear the Christmas story as sung and told by our children.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Bernadine served all her delicious Cheesecake for the Birthday dessert. Jane also brought in fresh grapes and homemade Apple Kuchen (feel free to correct my spelling, Jane) and it was quite tasty.
Lots of work was accomplished today again and I think we actually will see the finish line soon - at least that is the hope.
Okay. I promised that this week I would divulge something new that we have planned for our Christmas Sale. What is it, you ask? Call it a trial run or pilot idea that we got from past sales. We have often heard, especially at Christmas time, people say "I am looking for a little something to give to my neighbor, someone helpful to me," etc. You, our shoppers, have spoken and we have not only listened but acted.
So, we are in the process of putting together little containers filled with a variety of small items, wrapping them up in cellophane with a red bow. We are calling this our Grab N Go section. You can give it "as is" or simply slip it into your own small gift bag. We will offer a variety of themes for these mini gifts - Christmas, Personal Care, Kitchen, Stationery, Snacks. At the present time it looks like we might have about 15 or so of these Grab N Go gifts, so if this interests you, come early and of course stay late. We aim to please.
Bernadine and Marilyn
I feel that I have been thru He** and back. The doctors told our son that on the day he took me to the hospital, they didn't think I would make it thru the night. But thru the Grace of God here I am. During my stay in the hospital, I was constantly talking to God and asking him to take the demons out of my body and to please, if it is his (God's) will to heal me. I have said many times that everything is in God's time, not ours and it was not in his plan for me to join him at this time.
I also want to thank you for the prayers and thoughts that you have sent Rich. He is Cancer free and has two more cycles to go and he is done with his treatments. He has been a God sent to me since I have been home from the hospital. Besides taking care of me....he has also been taking care of himself with his cancer treatments and all his doctor's appointments. He has been doing all the housework, cooking, laundry, etc. I cannot be more Blessed.
I am so very grateful to be back at church. There was such a void in my life while I was gone. I love you all and wish only the very best for all of you. May God continue to Bless you all and may your days be filled with joy and happiness.
Blessing the newly installed Mosaic (09/26/2021)
A joyful prayer of thanksgiving was offered in blessing the newly installed Mosaic of the fruitful vine and branches. The work was the creation of Janice Van Der Henst who from the beginning to completion encouraged many to be part of this message of invitation into our church.
In the prayer of blessing Fr. Bill said, “Bless this dwelling place of life and love, for you alone assure the peace and strength, the care that covers all our differences. Let your Spirit dwell in us and open us to all who need our hospitality and care.
This was the finial message Jesus spoke after the meal in the upper room before his betrayal. “I am the true vine, you are the branches. The one who abides in Me and I in you will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. (v5). As the father loves me, so I also love you. Abide in My love. (v9).
A Labor of Love! Saint Vincent de Paul invites all people to come and share life with us. It is the life and love of Jesus that lives here among us. In this time of the pandemic we experienced the requirement to close our doors to public worship. The church remained open for private prayer and our Food Bank to distribute food to people driving by. When permitted to reopen the church for public gathering while observing masks and social distancing we wanted to show a symbol of healing to all those returning. The idea was to create a mosaic made from many pieces of stones coming together as living stones of the church. Each piece represents we who are many all contribute our gifts in building up the Body of Christ. This was an awesome undertaking for all who gave their time to bring it to completion. Grapes become wine, a gift of our lives to become the blood of Christ. May all be welcomed in our praise to the glory of God.
Arts & Crafts (09/13/2021)
We met again this morning for another day of craft making.
We are so blessed to have such a dedicated and talented group of elves working together for a common goal. We appreciate and thank every one of them for their hard work.
Each session we open with our Crafters Prayer and I thought I would share that prayer with you in the hope that you might recite this prayer for us:
"Our Father, we thank you for this time together to share in your work. We ask you to bless our efforts. Please send your Holy Spirit to inspire us to make things that will inspire others. Guide our hands as you guided the hands of Your Son, Jesus the Carpenter. We ask this in His Holy Name and for His Glory. Amen."
Today's session was extra special since we had the opportunity to celebrate Jackie's 94th birthday with Bernadine's famous cheescake (baked in her honor), a surprise visit from Father Bill, and of course singing Happy Birthday to her. We told her we look forward to celebrating with her again next year. See photos below for all in attendance.
ATTENTION: New START time for Arts & Crafts continues from 9:30am to 11:30am.
Bernadine and Marilyn
Hanna & Andrew Wedding Photos
Wedding bells were ringing on
July 17, 2021 as Teresa Tran Nguyen married Dominic Huy Dang
Father George was ordained in Dublin, Ireland, on this Solemnity of the birth of Saint John the Baptist 39 years ago, his first Mass was the following day.
Father George is an incredible blessing to the priesthood of Jesus Christ and the Congregation of the blessed sacrament. Father Bill, SSS, our pastor, and Father George are brothers of the congregation for the past 40 years! Father George was also happy to have time with Father Dominic, SSS another brother in the Lord.
In his homily today, Father George spoke about choosing the birth of Saint John the Baptist for his ordination. Father realized very early on that his entire life needed to point to Jesus Christ our Savior, he is only to be a vessel of this grace for Jesus.
May Crowning Photos
Welcome back photos
Altar Servers Awards (03/21/2021)
How often do you take time to thank our altar servers for their ministry at Mass? Bishop Parkes signed certificates for all our servers. Special recognition of Altar Server of the year went to Catherine Bell and Malcom Nguyen. To all the youth in our parish, we thank you for the contribution you bring to the life of our parish. You have so much to offer.
This Easter holds a special event in the life those who have prepared to receive the sacrament of confirmation. This past Saturday on a day-long retreat, they spent time in prayer and reflection. We join our confirmandi in prayer—Dominic, Tony, Richie, Vy and Paige, as they request Bishop Parkes for the sacrament of Confirmation on Friday, May 7 at 7:00 pm. Holy Spirit fill their hearts with your love for our parish family.
The 210th anniversary of Saint Peter Julian Eymard's baptism
Dearest parish family, I am sending a few photos from morning Mass today, 2/5. Today is a special day of remembrance for the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and Associates of the Blessed Sacrament. It is the 210th anniversary of Saint Peter Julian Eymard's baptism, also the feast of Saint Agatha.
Saint Peter Julian is the Spiritual father to the Congregation and Associates. St. Peter Julian held the day of his baptism in very high regard. Father Bill offered a beautiful homily this morning reflecting on his holy founder. St. Peter Julian knew of the gift of Eucharist, he would take Jesus whom he received and bring this manifestation of God's love through the abiding presence with him wherever the went. The glory of God would be found in its fullness when shared in this divine way.
Have a blessed first Friday, Laura