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.
Many thanks to all who came out for our town meeting to discuss the clergy abuse scandal. Your honesty and openness and most importantly, your faithfulness, was heard loud and clear.
Since I do not write out my homily, oftentimes I include a comment made at a previous Mass as an example or added thought. Two weeks ago, I was asked after the 9:00 Mass by some to include that some parents are also abusers. I am sorry that so many were offended by that being included at the 11:30. It was not meant to detract from the seriousness of the clergy abuse by any means, but rather responded to what some of you said. After the fact, I believe I should have stayed with what was said at the 9:00. Again, I am sorry.
Next weekend after all the Masses, with the exception of 7:30 pm, you will have an opportunity to tour the St. Joseph Center, and then next weekend to tour Immaculata School after the Sunday morning Masses. Hope many of you can join us.
As we continue to move forward with our preparation for the campaign for the St. Joseph Center and Immaculata School, I think it is important for you to know that any and all capital campaign monies donated are used exclusively for the campaign and cannot be used for anything else. These monies can only be used by Immaculate Conception Church and not by the Diocese of Charlotte. That question has surfaced, and I just want to assure you where your money will go.
This weekend we thank all of our catechists working in all areas of Faith Formation. This Catechetical Sunday we will have a recommissioning at all Masses. Presently we have over 440 children in faith formation. Special thanks to Claudia Yepez, our Faith Formation Director and Emily Sevier, our Life Teen Director. We are happy that much of the new St. Joseph Center will be for their programs.
Lastly, thank you for the support you have shown the friars during this difficult time in the Church.