Welcome back again to Fr. Jeremiah Hahn and “thank you” to him for offering the 10:30 a.m. Mass this weekend as a Mass of Thanksgiving. He is planning to con-celebrate the 8:00 a.m. Mass and to preside and preach at the 10:30 a.m. One tradition connected with Masses of Thanksgiving is for him to be available for “First Blessings” after the Mass, which I know he is looking forward to offering to individuals and families.
Thank you to all who volunteered to serve as a liturgical minister this weekend as we are easing away from the COVID-19 restrictions of this past year. We will have some training opportunities over the next several weeks for new altar servers, Eucharistic ministers (at this point only assisting with distributing Hosts), and lectors. Please contact the parish office or see me in person if you would like to be trained and added to the schedules.
With this weekend Bishop Monforton and the other bishops of Ohio have discontinued the dispensation from the Sunday Obligation. I have a long catechesis on the Sunday Obligation that I will include in next Sunday’s Pastor’s Letter and that I will post at our parish website this weekend. But, for this weekend as we communicate that this obligation is returning, I want to begin by offering a sincere “welcome back” to all who are returning to weekly Sunday Mass for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdowns. We all benefit from the participation of each of us! And our souls need being with others each week, especially in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, which we celebrate with special fervor this weekend on Corpus Christi Sunday!
Thank you to all who have contributed to the 2021 DPSC. In the steps of the Campaign for this year, this weekend serves for us as “Reminder Sunday.” If you have not yet turned in your pledge, please do so. The pledge envelopes will be available in the pews again this weekend. You can place your pledge in the collection basket (yes, our ushers will begin “ush-ing” again this weekend, taking up both the regular collection as we’re preparing the altar and a Second Collection for Those in Need after Communion), or you can mail it directly to the Diocese’s offices using that same pre-addressed DPSC envelope. Additional pledge cards/envelopes are available at the parish office. You can also contribute to the Campaign online at give.diosteub.org.
May the Lord help us to experience the transforming power of God’s love and mercy! May Our Lord help us to be always ready for the gift of eternal life in Heaven!