Bishop Prasad Gallela asked me to thank everyone for the hospitality shown to him last weekend as he visited our parish for the annual Missionary Co-op Appeal. He also thanks you for your donations to his diocese. The collection for the Diocese of Cuddapah amounted to $4,136.83. If you use Faith-Direct for your financial support of or parish you can go online and contribute to the Missionary Co-op Appeal which is listed under special collections for August.
AbiBow Recycling sent us a check for $207.01 for our April recycling efforts. Thank you to everyone who uses our paper and cardboard recycling bins. We saved 32.26 cubic yards of landfill. Please tell your friends and neighbors about our recycling bins. The recycling bins have never been baptized and so you do not need to be Catholic to contribute to them. We accept paper and cardboard from people of all faiths.
Our First Communion celebration last Saturday was very beautiful. Forty-one children from our parish received Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion. I want to thank Diana Lipfird for her tireless efforts with our PSR program this year and especially for her efforts with the pre-sacramental catechesis for First Communion and Confirmation. Thank you to the catechists for First Communion and First Penance who have done an excellent job in preparing the children for these two sacraments. The parents of the children also deserve our thanks as a Catholic community for making the extra effort to work with their children in preparing for the sacraments as well as cooperating with the formation program for the children. I also want to thank Michael Kelly for sharing his talents with the musical parts of the liturgy. Jack Petersen works behind the scenes in preparing the excellently done programs for all of our services as well as acting as head sacristan and I want to thank him also. Thanks also to those who helped with the hospitality after the celebration. It isn’t easy cutting cake for 200 hungry people.
This summer’s Vacation Bible School will be held June 17 – 21 from 8:35 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. So, we are Rounding up all children who are entering Kindergarten in the Fall and those who will be completing the fourth grade in June to come on out in the wide-open spaces and ride with us under the deep blue skies! Feel the breezes rise through the shady purple canyons as we saddle up our bags with skits, Bible Stories, Snacks, Music, Games, and crafts, and head out, traveling down the trail of the Old Testament stories of Moses to see God’s ultimate plan of salvation through Jesus!
Beginning May 6, Be on the lookout for SonWest Roundup registration forms to be mailed to those who attended last year’s Vacation Bible School; registration forms will also be distributed to those in PSR, and available on the parish website (see VBS link to the left )in the parish office, and at the southwest vestibule of the church. Parishioners and non-parishioners are invited to register! Please keep the children and the VBS Team in prayer as we prepare for our eighth VBS! Deacon Paul
SEE PARISH DOCUMENTS TO THE LEFT FOR REGISTRATION AND MEDICAL RELEASE FORMS
Pre-Oktoberfest Ride Wrist Band Ticket Special
Pre-Oktoberfest Price is $15 ... Price during Oktoberfest is $20
Early Bird Special – buy 3 tickets by the end of June for $40 (save an additional $5)
Purchased pre-Oktoberfest Ticket to be redeemed for one All Day Ride Wrist Band at the Oktoberfest. Good any of the 3 days. Tickets are non-refundable. Last day available: Thursday, July 18, 2013 by 4:00 pm.
Oktoberfest in July is Friday, 7/19, Saturday 7/20 and Sunday 7/21
We have recently been able to add 2 new Abitibi Recycle bins exclusively for cardboard, one at each of the locations on the church property where we have 2 paper retriever bins. The locations are at the back-end of the main parking lot closer to the Rectory, and the other is next to the garages as you enter from Wilson Ave. Please be careful to only put cardboard in the specific bin that is signed for cardboard; paper products, including phone books, should be placed in the other 2 adjoining bins.