Fr. Bill's Weekly Letter

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dear Parishioners:

I would like to bring to your attention a number of significant "happenings" in the parish:

At the 7:00 PM Mass next Sunday, October 29th, a long time parishioner, George Munyon, will be affiliated to the Augustinian Community. This is a way that we as Augustinians can recognize someone who has significantly supported the work of our fraternity, not so much the work of one of our institutions but the work of our Order. Our constitutions say, "The Order has the faculty of affiliating to itself the faithful who merit special recognition because of their distinguished cooperation for the good of the Order......Affiliation is granted by the Prior General...The certificate of affiliation should be granted with some solemnity."  Our Prior General, Alejandro Moral, OSA, our Vicar General, Joseph Farrell, OSA and our Provincial, Michael Di Gregorio, OSA all will be here for this very special celebration. All parishioners are encouraged and most welcome to join us next Sunday at the 7:00 PM Mass. Being the last Sunday of the month, there will be a reception in Carr Hall immediately after Mass.

This Sunday, October 22nd at the 9:00 AM Mass, Jerry and Rosemary Lorenz will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows. We congratulate them, but more importantly we thank them for making Jesus present to us as they live and witness their married life so beautifully in our parish community.

Last Sunday, another long term parishioner, Chesley Turner, was installed as the first layperson to serve as director of St. Rita's Shrine. This is extremely significant as it is a sign of the leadership of the laity in the Church. The Augustinians still will provide the liturgical needs of the Shrine but Chesley will oversee all the administrative needs of the Shrine. We thank her for taking on this responsibility and wish her the best of success.

On Sunday, November 12th, we will have our 2nd "Theology on Tap" after the 7:00 PM Mass. The topic will be "Exorcism and Spiritual Warfare." Monsignor Ralph Chieffo, Pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Media will facilitate the discussion. Monsignor has a great deal of expertise on this topic. He will discuss the existence of demons, the cause of demons, the control of demons, the exorcise of demons and his experience in this whole area, as well as being open to any questions.  Save the date.

I would like to thank all those who responded to my comments last weekend about the finances of the parish. We received 11 new registrations and 8 people signed up for electronic giving and 1 for envelopes. Several parishioners told me they didn't realize that there was a summary in the bulletin each weekend of the previous weekend's offertory collection. Some said that it was an eye opener that our average weekend collection is $3200 each week with an average attendance of about 300 persons and an average of 85 persons each weekend using envelopes and electronic giving averaging about $30 each in their contribution amounting to $2500 and about 215 persons donating $700 each week in loose money. Please continue to read this report in the bulletin each weekend.

Please see in another part of this bulletin information about a talk Fr. Paul is facilitating this Monday evening at Villanova concerning the movie "Spotlight" and the sexual abuse issue in the Church as well as an announcement asking for help to clean the property on Saturday, November 11th from 10:00 AM to Noon.

Stay tuned for an announcement about an Advent program in the parish centered on "Renew" as well as a meeting at another location onNovember 30th concerning the relationship between the Church and Catholics who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). More information to come on both of these topics.

Have a great week.

Fr. Bill