In the Gospel this weekend our Lord seems to be insulting this woman, for He says, “It is not right to throw the food of the children and give it to the dogs.” However, the remarkable thing is that this woman does not get upset or angry but responds with, “even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the masters table.” She is not going to be deterred by a little insult or setback; rather, she is going to say to God, “Please help me!” I wonder if we have that same tenacity and perseverance with the Lord? My brothers and sisters, the Lord often sends us challenges and little setbacks, but they did not stop this woman. What about us? I remind us all today that we must never give up due to setbacks, crosses, or struggles. May today we continue to persevere in our faith and follow the Lord without concern of the cost.
On Wednesday, August 23, our students who are enrolled at Mater Dei Academy begin their school year. As we anticipate this upcoming year we also welcome our Interim Principle Mrs. Joanie Klemens. Mrs. Klemens was a student here at Immaculate Conception and also a teacher at the school. She has been an integral part of the merger and I know she will lead our students as we prepare to welcome our next principle.
Do not forget that next Sunday is our Annual Parish Picnic. Following the 11:00 am Mass until 3:00 pm we will be cooking hamburgers, hotdogs, and I have it on good authority that we could even have our ice cream machine working! Come and enjoy some time with your fellow parishioners as we enjoy these last days of summer.
May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,
On June 13 we welcomed Fr. McNeil to the parish as our Parochial Vicar, and I’m sure you agree with me that it has been wonderful to have him here with us. Since his arrival, we have had the opportunity to discuss our liturgical calendar. It is always good to review “where we are” and how to best minister to the needs of our parish and community.
First, we have concluded that our weekend Mass Schedule will stand as is. The current number of Masses allows us to serve all those coming to Mass on the weekend. In addition, our blessing of having two priests will allow us to occasionally help another parish who is struggling to cover their weekend schedule due to vacation or illness. This type of help is greatly appreciated by the many parishes who are staffed with a single priest.
However, we did conclude that some changes were appropriate to our liturgical calendar. These changes will begin after Labor Day. The first is regarding the weekday Mass schedule. We will now have Masses offered Monday through Friday at 7:30 am. We will continue to have the First Friday Mass in the evening at 7:00pm. The Friday morning Mass is an additional Mass on our schedule.
The second is that we will be changing the confession schedule. We will no longer offer confessions on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:30pm, but will instead offer confessions on the Thursday, before First Friday, 8-9:15am. The rest of the confession times will be the same—First Friday from 5:00-6:30 and First Saturday from 5:45-6:30pm, as well as our regular Saturday confession times of 3:00 – 4:00pm.
We realize that there is no perfect schedule for Mass times or for confession, but we thank you for your support as we make these changes. We keep you in our prayers and appreciate your prayers very much.
May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,
SEE THE PASTORAL PLAN 2016 IN PARISH DOCUMENTS OR CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
There is a new Used Clothing Drop-off Shed located next to the paper retriever bins along the fence-line in the main parking lot. Items accepted are:
All clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys. Please....NO rags, fabric scraps, pillows, toys, or household goods; please understand that these unwanted items are a hardship and expense to dispose of.
The company servicing this shed is St Pauly Textile. They have been working with a large number of parishes in New York State and are expanding now into Ohio. They send the clothing to people who can use it all over the US and World.
Recycling these clothing items help the environment by keeping your clothing out of the landfill.
You may be able to receive a tax deduction for your donation. Receipts are on the shed.
Please help us to keep your donation clean and dry. If possible, please put in tied or closed bags. Thank you!
Immaculate Conception Food Pantry is a part of
McKinley Community Outreach Center
1200 Lost Nation Road
Willoughby, Ohio 44094
Food Pantry Hours of Operation are:
Monday evening: 6:00 - 7:30PM
Wednesday afternoon: 12Noon - 2:30PM
Friday afternoon 12Noon - 2:30PM
McKinley Community Outreach Center Taxable Distribution:
3rd Tuesday of each month 6:00 - 7:30PM
2nd & Last Saturday of each month: 9:00 - 10:30AM
Donation Drop-off, Cleaning and Sorting Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 1:00PM
Saturday 9:00 - 11:30AM