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Pastor's Notes 

Dear friends,  

I would like to thank so much our Golf Tournament fundraising committee for putting together a wonderful Golf Tournament for a second time. This takes a lot of dedication to put together something this big. I am pleased to say that this year, we were able to raise from the Golf tournament about $34,000. This will all go to help us with the making our buildings to ADA accessible. We hope to have another Golf Tournament again next year in September date to TBD. More information about this will be provided throughout the course of the year as the planning goes on.  

Our key mission here at St. Patrick is to offer a place for all to encounter Christ. 
Key to that is being a welcoming community. This weekend we welcome all the new parishioners who have joined our parish over the last 12months we have been privileged to provide a spiritual home to over 80 new families.  As we welcome them this weekend, we will also have a ministry fair where the various ministries will share about what they do and open also opportunity for all to be a part of such great programs.  
 
Over the last several months also many of you have expressed interest in having a trip planned for a Holy Land Pilgrimage. This week in our bulletin we will also have more information on our upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This will be in June of next year from 17th to 27th of June of 2024. If you would like to be a part of this trip, please check the website
https://www.stpatrickhdg.com/pilgrimage  and bulletin for more information.

 

Universal tours based out of Annapolis has organized many wonderful pilgrimages for over 40 years now and we are so privileged to have them as our coordinator for the entire trip. This pilgrimage experience will help us to find inspiration in every turn, walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Visiting the places where He, His parents, and His disciples lived, worked and served. Touching and venerating the places where Jesus was conceived, born, bled, died, and rose again. Listening to guided scripture meditation standing in the places that set the scenes of those Biblical readings.  Standing in the places where miracles happened and where people still pray for them.  Sailing on the Sea of Galilee and swim in the mineral-laden Dead Sea. Traveling through the desert of Jericho and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Carry the cross with other pilgrims along the Via Dolorosa.

I want to thank all who have started to contribute toward the Uganda Water project. This will help many villages, students and people in Uganda at Fr. James’ parish to access clean water that is so desperately needed. If you would like to help with this, please reach out to the parish office. You can also send a check/donation to the parish and note on it that it is for the “Uganda Water Project.” We will then work on making sure that the water wells are drilled and installed there. Any amount goes a long way to help us offer this assistance to the community in need in Uganda. At this time, one water well costs about $7,000 depending on the area. Any contribution is welcome.  Water is life. 

 

May God Bless you always.

Fr. Francis

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