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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Wrapping Up October: Month of Missions and Life

Wrapping Up October: Month of Missions and Life you to two donors who have donated a total of $1,000 for the new designated fund to support teenage mothers. I hope none of our students will be in such a situation again, but if it occurs, we have the funds to provide some financial assistance. As I wrote before, I think that if we promote the inviolable dignity of human life from its conception, we cannot leave women without support when they are in a precarious situation. Since this campaign was successful, then perhaps we will do it again next year in October. Meanwhile the funds will be earning interest, thanks to the Diocese.

Last Sunday we celebrated World Mission Sunday, and one of our parishioners approached us about donating $3,000 to a Mission in Africa that we would know about. When Fr. Phil and I were studying theology in Chicago, we happened to live for a year with Fr. Emmannuel Thliza, OSA from Nigeria. Fr. Emmanuel was studying to be a formation director at the time. So I contacted him, and told him about our special donation. Fr. Emmanuel told me about a Catholic school he’s administering, which is in great need of financial assistance. He sent us some pictures of happy students in classrooms with great need of repair. The donation we received will go a long way.

Our own school is blessed with dedicated parents and parishioners who did a great job for the Fall Festival. The numbers are not final yet since some bills still need to be paid, but the unofficial report from bookkeeping is that it netted about $42,000 for our school. Thank you to all the sponsors and to everyone who made it possible.

At the last school marketing meeting on Monday, we discussed various projects and initiatives targeted to increase enrollment. One strategy is to increase the visibility of the wonderful community at St Patrick School, and thanks to our marketing team, we will be highlighted on Thursday at 8:25 AM on Fox 5 Morning News. Also, the Fall Festival video will be coming up soon on the school website.

On Friday, we will celebrate the Solemnity of All the Saints (a holy day of obligation) with Mass at 8:00 AM, and 5:30 PM; and on Saturday morning, the 8:00 AM Mass will be in commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. The Saturday evening Mass will be the Mass for Sunday, but we will read again the names of the parishioners who have died this year.

God bless,Fr. Carlos, OSA

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