Pastor’s Letter for the October 20, 2019 bulletin
Saturday of a full week ago, Saturday, October 12th, was an exceptionally busy day.
I would especially like to thank the people who participated in the Rosary Rally. That is something that I was disappointed to not be able to make this year. It is so valuable for us as a parish community to be able to offer prayer for our county and beyond. We are blessed to be able to conduct a prayer service like that and so I look forward to other ways we can witness in an active, public way to our love for our faith and for our community.
I’d like to ask for your prayers for this upcoming Saturday’s Diocesan Respect Life Conference. Again, if you are not able to participate in this event, which is basically from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Holy Family Church in Steubenville, please keep it in prayer because it likewise should be a valuable event for forming the people of our diocese in being able to respond well for building a culture of life. There are several top caliber presenters in addition to it being an opportunity to meet others from parishes throughout the diocese who are “fighting the good fight.” We can still coordinate carpooling for anyone who would like to attend but needs transportation. Please contact either Joyce Day [(740) 584-3780] or me if you would like to carpool.
Speaking of carpooling and diocesan events, we have another event this upcoming Friday, but this one is at the Basilica of St. Mary in Marietta. We are beginning a yearlong celebration of our 75th Anniversary as the Diocese of Steubenville. Bishop Monforton is offering a Mass at 7:00 p.m. this Friday, October 25th to mark the beginning of this anniversary year. I am planning to go from Cambridge earlier (~3:45 p.m.) to be there for a preliminary event, but please let me know if you either could serve as a driver or would like to carpool with others. Please keep the Diocese in prayer as we celebrate both our heritage and our future.
Finally, as mentioned before, I am planning to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land & Egypt in October 2020. Our tour conductors are from Catholic families from Bethlehem and the tour is fairly comprehensive to include the northern area around the Sea of Galilee and Nazareth, the southern area including Jerusalem and Bethlehem as well as going to Mt. Sinai and Egypt. There will be a couple of information meetings on the weekend of November 9th & 10th. You can see the brochures on the bulletin boards, in the Marian Room and on the back table at Sts. Peter & Paul in Lore City as well as speaking with me personally for more details.
May the Lord help us to grow in our faith together, ever more joyfully, always ready for the gift of eternal life!