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Pastor’s Perspective

Published on August 26th, 2011

Dear Parishioners,

Have you checked out the windows on the north side of the Church yet?  Mominee is doing a fantastic job. I know that you will be pleased with how they look.  It is a slow, deliberate and delicate process.  As I write this, we have still not received the contract from Granda, but I anticipate that it will be in our hands by the time you read this Perspective.  Ben Hartz, our general contractor, has informed us that the bids for the preparation work in the interior of the church will go out after Labor Day.  The wheels are moving ever so slowly, but they are moving and our Cathedral Restoration and Renewal has begun.

As you know, the Mount St. Joseph picnic will be Sept 11th and ours is the following Saturday. Many thanks to all who have volunteered to assist with both picnics and to the many of you who are already working hard to make our picnic a success.  I want to remind you that we traditionally supply many of the cakes for the booth at the Mount, as well as for our picnic.  Specific information regarding the delivery of the cakes will be forthcoming, but I do want to ask your cooperation in this regard.  Thank you.

I was shocked last week when I saw a survey which indicates that a majority of Catholics in the United States is unaware of the new Mass translation that we will begin using in Advent.  (cf. the article in this week’s Our Sunday Visitor).  Where have they been?  We will begin using the new texts in thirteen weeks. I hope that the various articles we have been including in the bulletin have helped you to prepare for this change.  The “In Focus” of the current OSV is devoted to this topic and is worth reading.  We will soon offer some formation sessions in the parish, which I think you will find helpful as we prepare ourselves for the new missal.  As I have stated previously, the changes are not major, but they will take us awhile to get used to them.  This is an occasion for us to grow in our understanding and appreciation of the Mass.

Love, Fr. John

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