First Down with Fr. Eric (November 14, 2021)

Dear Friends,

The parish has been very busy with ministry, activities, and building relationships. I want to thank everyone on staff and parishioners who worked hard in making our Fall Festival a huge success. There were about 600 people who attended, from all age groups. There was something for every age, candy for the kids in their costumes, parents and grandparents enjoying food, fellowship and activities for them. The youth were in our Youth Garage, dancing, playing volleyball, and a Cake Walk. A tour of our new House of Mercy was included in the evening. The fellowship amongst the people was amazing as some have not seen each other in a long time.

Thank you to parishioners who brought the photos of their deceased loved ones for our blessing of them, and we celebrated Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Days. Parishioners received a Resource Card on Mental Health after Sunday Masses. We talked about the importance of the Church offering guidance and support for the Mental Health of parishioners and everyone in the greater community.

We are preparing for the season of Advent which begins on the last Sunday of November. It prepares us to celebrate the season of Christmas and we expect large crowds for our Christmas Masses.

Each Sunday we are seeing more and more parishioners slowly making their way back to Sunday Mass. It has been a journey for many of them. To get back into the practice of Sunday worship, be in a good place in dealing with COVID in groups, getting used to not being active in the parish community are some of the challenges we face. It is just really good to see more people set up to serve, minister, come to Sunday Mass, and be part of the ministries that meet during the week.

We are grateful for all the blessings that God has given to us, and we are still moving forward as a community.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric