It is finally here - Oktoberfest weekend! We welcome back all who have returned to the parish for Oktoberfest. It was told to me that many former parishioners and graduates of IC school return for Oktoberfest to celebrate and recall fond memories of yesterday. We are most blessed and happy to welcome them home! We also welcome all who visit our parish for Oktoberfest - what a great way for us to extend our hospitality to the great community of Willoughby. It is with great gratitude that I say THANK YOU to each and every volunteer - without the support and effort that is offered by you; our wonderful volunteers, Oktoberfest would not be what it is today!
An event like Oktoberfest provides much needed financial support to the parish; but it also offers something much more valuable; that would be the community and unity that naturally flows from such an event. Working side by side, welcoming our visitors and guests, and being present to our community is of vital importance to any parish – how blessed we are to be able to do all this together.
I pray we all have a wonderful time at Oktoberfest this year - and let's be sure we thank God for the opportunity He gives us to give of ourselves!
The Church elevator has been experiencing several break-downs lately, and the company whom we employed to fix it has not been able to keep it running. We have signed a maintenance agreement with Otis Elevator to repair the elevator and then do a monthly maintenance check. They have been out and done a temporary repair to make the elevator usable. The part needed to complete the repair is now in and they will be out the beginning of next week to complete repairs. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.