Many thanks to all of you who supported our coat and blanket drive a few weeks ago. IAM sent a thank you letter acknowledging that we collected 26 bags of blankets, 3 bags of towels and 7 bags of coats. Did you know that so far this year IAM has served 8,765 people? On an average they see 85 new clients a month. It is wonderful that we are a part of this great mission of mercy here in Hendersonville.
Our capital campaign continues to move forward. We are sorry in the mix up with those who did not get their devotional books in time to begin the 28 days of prayer. Hopefully you have all received one by now.
Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation, All Saints Day. Be sure to check the schedule of Mass for this special day. In the Gospel today, Jesus restores sight to the blind man, Bartimaeus. Each of us in our own lives have areas that need healing so that we can see with the eyes of Jesus. What is your blindness?
Bro. John Salvas, who was stationed here for many years, has been diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, a blood disease that affects the bone marrow. He is scheduled soon for a bone marrow transplant. He will remain in the hospital in isolation. Then he will move to the infirmary in Beacon, NY to continue his recovery which could take up to 9 months. Until that time, he is restricted from having visitors because his immune system will be weakened. If you wish, you can send a card but NO visits.
Fr. John Salvas, O.F.M.Cap. St. Francis Friary 50 Lodi Street Hackensack, NJ 07601
As a parish community, let us continue to keep Brother John in our prayers.
We hope you have been praying from our campaign devotional book. We just completed our first week of prayer. Prayer booklets have been mailed to each registered household.
In our Gospel this Sunday, Jesus teaches that those who wish to be great must be the servant of all. Are you up for Jesus’ challenge?
Better late then never. Sorry we forgot to thank Jose Chimalpopoca, Byron Phillips and Mark Taylor for fixing the pews. As you may have noticed, a block of wood was installed with each pew to keep them from falling. Jose made them, and Byron and Mark spent many days on their back installing them. Thank you!
As our campaign moves ahead, we ask each parishioner to join us daily in praying for the success of the campaign. Prayer booklets have been mailed to each registered household. Join with your fellow parishioners praying this meditation each day. If you did not get one that means we do not have a proper address, or you are not registered.
Next Saturday night at the 5:00 Mass we will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism with the Douglas family.
Salvation is found when we are able to live in freedom and to have God alone to be enough for us. Is God still first in your life?
Thanks to all who came to tour the St. Joseph Center. As our Capital Campaign moves forward, fellow parishioners will be calling upon you, so please be gracious by inviting them to spend some time talking with you and explaining in more detail the benefits of this campaign to our parish. This month we will begin 28 days of prayer leading up to our November 11 in-pew appeal. When you receive your prayer book, please make it a part of your daily prayer time.
Unfortunately, we are going to put our Tuesday evening pot luck dinner on hold. Thanks to Jeri Schneider for her faithful commitment to this ministry, but for health reasons, she is unable to continue. Until someone steps forward to coordinate this, the dinners will be canceled. If you or a couple would like to take on this ministry, please call the office.
This weekend we will have tours of the St. Joseph Center and next weekend of Immaculata School. Hope you can visit. Thursday is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. As is tradition, we commemorate his passing to eternal life at a Transitus Service on Oct. 3rd at 7:00. Starting at 6:00 there will be a Holy Hour in preparation. Please try to join us. This will be hosted by our St. Francis of the Hills Secular Franciscans.
Our Capital Campaign is off to a great start. As fellow parishioners call upon you, please be gracious by inviting them to spend some time talking with you and explaining in more detail the benefits of this campaign. In October we will begin a 28 day of prayer leading up to our November 11 in pew appeal. When you receive your prayer book, please make it a part of your daily prayer time.