Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As September draws to a close, I am excited to announce some upcoming events.
On September 27th at 7:30PM, we will be holding a night of prayer and conversation in the Church. It will take the style of a town hall meeting, where I hope many people from all age groups and communities have the opportunity to share their hopes and ideas for our parish in the coming years.
I am blown away by the response I have received for the extended Monday adoration. We have volunteers covering all the time slots to ensure the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended. Therefore, beginning October 1st, our parish will have adoration available on Mondays from 12:30-8PM, except holidays. (Please note that October 8th is a holiday, so this practice will resume on October 15th.) If you are still interested in signing up it is not too late to contact me. The more we have signed up, the more flexible we can be, and we may even be able to add another day.
On October 19th, Notre Dame Parish will be hosting Project 177. This is another exciting opportunity, as it is an event that brings up and coming Catholic musicians to our parish for a time of adoration followed by a concert. It is open to all parishioners, though I would hope many of our young people join for the evening. It should be a lot of fun.
On October 21st I will be installed as pastor at the 12PM Mass. I am grateful to God for the blessing of being able to serve all of you, and I hope to celebrate with all of you this moment where we come together as a community and recommit ourselves to our faith and our parish.
October has traditionally been a Marian month, particularly highlighting her title of Our Lady of the Rosary. On October 28th at the 12PM Mass we will hold a special ceremony honoring this feast followed by a procession to the grotto and a celebration in the auditorium. We plan to recognize in a particular way the multi-cultural richness of Notre Dame. In the procession we will have images of Our Lady under her many titles venerated around the world, and the celebration in the auditorium will include representation from the many nationalities in our parish. If you are interested in representing a particular nationality as a leader, please contact me in the rectory – we will need many volunteers to make this a celebration worthy of our Blessed Mother.
Thank you in advance to the many who step up and assist with all of these programs. In such a short time I have been blessed to meet so many people who give so generously of their time to the Church. I hope these events are only the beginning of a vibrant and rich future for the parish.
Yours in Christ,