Thank you for your prayers and condolences/Mission Appeal Sunday.
First, my apologies for missing last week's mailing. As you may know, my mother passed away suddenly and the family had to come together in support. I am grateful to the members of my parish families both present and past - Visitation, St. Denis, Jesus the Good Shepherd and St. Mary of the Lake - for your prayers and support during this difficult time.
This weekend we will have our annual diocesan Missionary Appeal Cooperative Sunday, commonly called "Mission Appeal Sunday". This year we are hosting
Residing in New Jersey, Sylvia Allen discovered the face of poverty during a trip to Tanzania and Uganda. In response, she and her husband Tom founded a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and educating hundreds of African children. Using her skills as a marketing/sales consultant and a motivational speaker, she now advocates towards meeting the needs of children in these far-flung lands.
Serving as their "spiritual grandmother", she is helping to provide the resources to build schools, libraries, dormitories for students and teacher housing and educational supplies. The foundation is also instrumental in working to support the towns in which these facilities are located: building wells, medical supplies and staff, even musical and sporting equipment.
Sylvia will be speaking at all of the Masses this weekend and a special collection to benefit Sylvia's Children will be taken during the Offertory. I would ask you to consider prayerfully making a contribution towards her efforts in providing for God's children.
One person can make a difference...if I can do it, each one of you can.
Sylvia Allen, founder of Sylvia's Children
Sunday 9AM Live-stream Mass
Although the dispensation from Sunday Mass has ended, we will continue to offer live streamed Mass on Sundays at 9AM for those unable to come to church due to illness, infirmity or distance.
Please note that outdoor Communion following this Mass will no longer be offered due to diocesan decree.
See this weekend's Mass on YouTube at
Fr. Ed Blanchett
on Friday, July 16 at 3:00PM