This past week I received a congratulatory letter from Archbishop Carlson on our parish's successful Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) of this year. Our goal was $19,314.00 and I am happy to say we have pledged $25,146.00 with 36% of the current parishioners participating. I can only express my deep and sincere appreciation to each of you who have made a pledge towards this year's ACA. I know many of you have prayed and reflected upon the amount you should pledge for this campaign, and you decided helping the various groups and individuals are worth making a sacrifice. By your pledge you have demonstrated that you have responded to the call of Christ to live a life of faith and service. This is not easy, but as Christ told His disciples, so now He tells you that your reward would be in heaven.
While I'm expressing my thanks, I also wanted to express my gratitude to all who assisted in any way with Movie Nite last September 12th. A special thank you goes out to Scott and Eileen Sansoucie for all their work in setting up and holding down, not the fort, but the movie screen. I would also like to acknowledge and thank members of the Men's Guild who provided the refreshments for the evening.
The evening was cool and a bit misty, but in no way did it dampen the spirits of those present. It was good to see many families there and to meet one or two new families just moving back into the area and the parish. In all, the evening was most enjoyable.
It's hard to believe, but with Movie Nite now complete there remains only one more event in this our Centennial Year Celebration. This event will be on Saturday, October 18th with Mass at 5:00 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner at Orlando Gardens on Watson Road. We are very honored to have Archbishop Carlson joining us as the celebrant and homilist for this closing Mass, and he will also be joining us for the dinner afterwards. Please plan on joining Archbishop Carlson and other parishioners, both former and present, as well as alumni for this closing Mass as we bless our merciful God for the bounty bestowed upon this parish in years past, and ask His favor on years to come.
If you have not already made your reservations for the dinner please contact the rectory as soon as possible to submit your name and number in your party.
It has been a year of remembering, celebrating and blessing these past one hundred years while keeping our eyes on the glorious crown ahead of us, and always remembering... "All that matters in any and every way Christ is being proclaimed."
Monsignor William McCumber