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Pastor's Notes 

Dear friends,

With the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, we have reached the end of the 2022 liturgical year. It’s hard to believe, but the 2023 liturgical year begins next weekend with the First Sunday of Advent. The Lord has poured out His grace in abundance upon us over the past year- we have much to be thankful for as the Body of Christ here at St. Patrick’s Church. 

 

Looking back over the past year, can you remember moments of grace, moments when you felt the Lord active in your life? As I look back over the past year, I can see how the Lord has not only worked in my own life on a personal level, but also at the parish level. My daily prayer as your Shepard is that our hearts might be set on fire with the love of Jesus Christ, and that the Holy Spirit might strengthen our bonds of unity, thereby making our parish an ever more attractive and welcoming place for those who are looking for a church family. By the looks of things, this prayer is being answered! In fact, I feel like we have ended our liturgical year with a great surplus of grace, grace we can use to continue our efforts of living the Gospel and evangelizing in 2023.
As we reflect and challenge ourselves to truly pursue God’s Kingdom in our life. There are many different things that the world offers us to rule our life, our faith offers us Christ as the true king that we should pursue. 

 

This new liturgical year, for us will bear the Theme: “A Year to Encounter the Lord.” I will be having many programs and events to help us move us to build a deeper relationship with God and to have that personal encounter with him. More details will come. 

 

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I want to thank all of you for your efforts in supporting our parish mission of evangelization of all, and especially our families. Because of your generous involvement in the life of this parish through your Time, Talent, and Treasure, we can look back at the past year with pride and a sense of accomplishment and look forward in hope to those things yet to come. 
Please join us for our Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9am on November 24th. 

 

We greatly thank the children who participated for our 10:30am Mass last week. It is always so enlivening to see our children at Mass. Thanks to our Director for Family and Discipleship Ministry, Savannah and her team for coordinating this and continuously making our children and their families feel welcome to our parish. 

 

I would like to thank so much our Finance committee for the renewed effort in promoting our stewardship program. Last week about 35 families participated in our path forward program. Also for our Online giving we have had 10 people registered. While this number is very low, I would like to continue to encourage more people to consider it. We want to encourage all to be a part of this and join also in our online giving campaign. 

 

During Advent we will have confessions every Monday 6pm to 7pm prior to the Novena. 

 

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving, 
 

May God Bless you always. 

 

Fr. Francis