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Around the Parish – April 23, 2023

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Next Sunday we will announce the Summer Mass Schedule. The Summer Mass Schedule begins on the First Sunday of May through the last Sunday of August. On the first Sunday of September through the last Sunday of  April, our Mass schedule will remain 8:00 am and 11:00 am. These times are to accommodate Faith Formation on Sunday mornings. There are a certain amount of contact hours that are required by the Diocese of Erie. By having our masses at 8:00 am and 11:00 am, we are able to meet those minimum contact hours.

Now that Lent has concluded, we no longer have adoration and confessions every Friday. Due to scheduling and attendance, adoration will resume in our parish on First Fridays from 6:00pm-7:00pm. We will no longer have adoration every Wednesday.

In just about two weeks, we will gather on Saturday, May 6 at 9:00 am to clean our church properties from the winter. Many hands will make light work so that we can clean up from the leaves, the downed branches from the winds, and other spring cleaning things. I appreciate all your help!

On that same day is our plant sale. Any help that you might be able to give for this event as well would be greatly appreciated! Any question can be addressed to Junior Bissett at 724-662-4597. Here’s a quick update from the “plant manager:”

Plans are ‘growing’ for the upcoming plant and garden sale fundraiser to be held on May 6. It’s time to go through your garage or garden shed and find items that will attract gardeners to the sale. For instance, like that wind chime or birdhouse you never got around to hanging or that giant houseplant that’s overtaking your family room. Also, any plants – annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs – even trees can be donated. Workers are still needed so please sign up on sheets located at the church entrances or call the church office at 724-662-2999 if you have any ideas or questions.

Here’s a few thoughts for your week: Welcome each day with a warm smile and thank God for bringing  you new thoughts and strengths. Your attitude, faith, and perspective will determine the trajectory your life will take. The worst thing you can do in almost any situation is nothing. Pick a common task and accomplish it in an uncommon way.     Pax et Bonum, Fr. Andy

In May, our Sunday Mass schedule is set to return to 8 am and 10:30 am. Before we make that decision, we want to make sure that is the best time for summer. In the bulletin for the next few weeks, a form will be available to select your favored option for the Summer Sunday Schedule. We ask that you only return one form per family. You can place the form in the collection basket or mail it to the parish office.

For the months of May—August, our Mass schedule is set to change from 11 am to 10:30 am. We are asking all parishioners to circle their preferred option below and return to the parish office via the collection or mailing in your response.

Option 1: 8:00 am & 11:00 am

Option 2: 8:00 am & 10:30 am

Option 3: 8:00 am & 10:00 am

The IHM 300 Club will be a special 6 month raffle, and more information about this can be found in today’s bulletin, as well as on our website. Tickets will begin being sold after all the masses. Tickets can also always be purchased through the parish office.