St. Mary’s is a parish of three language groups. We have Masses in each language; three in English, two in Spanish and one in Arabic. A few times a year we have a bilingual Mass in which two groups celebrate together e.g. Thanksgiving, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and Midnight Mass at Christmas and Holy Thursday. Our parish council includes representative from all three language groups. However, it is rare for us to mix socially. The one time we try to come together socially is our Annual Dinner Dance in the Parish Hall where our first mass was celebrated in 1848. Celebrating our 168
anniversary this year, our dinner dance will be held on November 12
at 7:00pm. I strongly recommend that you buy a ticket ($50.00 for adults, $25.00 for children 7-12) and join your fellow parishioners for an enjoyable evening of food, music and dancing. Take the opportunity to introduce yourselves to fellow parishioners who you may never have met before. The future of our parish may depend on such interactions.
The fundraising campaign to raise money to repair our stained glass windows will reach out to all our parishioners in the middle of November. Some of you have already been contacted and you have responded generously. The name of the campaign is RENEW AND REBUILD.
Parking at St. Mary’s on Sundays:
We are having a problem between the 9:00am Mass and the 11:00am Mass. There are few parking spaces in the lower parking area for parishioners who want to attend the 11:00am mass. Solution: all cars in the lower parking lot owned by parishioners from the 9:00am Mass must be gone by 10:45am. If you want to stay beyond 10:45am you can park your car in St. Mary’s upper parking lot or in the Cacace Parking Facility across the street from our church or in the parking lot of the former Mary the Queen Convent.
: the collection for last Sunday October 16, 2016 was $4,354.00
The second collection this Sunday will be our monthly collection to aid with our Property Insurance.
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
As the Jubilee Year of Mercy enters its final month, we gather to celebrate our loving and merciful God by hearing the prayer of the tax collector in the Gospel: “O God, be merciful to me a sinner”. As head to believe as it may be that in all this vast universe God hears our prayers, the scriptures tell us today that “the prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds”. So today let is make a humble and honest prayer together to our merciful and loving God.
Sirach 35:12-14: –
The God of justice knows no favorites.
Psalm 34- “The Lord hears the cry of the poor!”
2Timothy 4:6-8 –
Paul looks back on his service to God. He has finished the race and kept the faith.
Jesus teaches about humility by comparing a Pharisee to a tax collector.
Religious Education News:
Classes have started on Saturdays at 9:30am to 11:00am
(Children should line up in the Parish Hall by 9:20 am). We would like to thank the parents that came to both the 1
Holy Communion and Confirmation meetings. Those that did not come to the meeting we will meet on the 29th of this month right after class.
Annual Dinner Dance:
Mark your calendars our annual Dinner Dance will be held on November 12, 2016. Tickets will be on sale in the rectory office. Adults $50.00, Children 7 to 12 $25.00, and children under 6 are free. Come join us for this celebration and help support our beautiful church.
: if you know of any parishioner that has not been coming to church that you are use to see regularly please let the rectory know so that we can see what we can do.