Lift Up Your Hearts

We have begun the month November this past week celebrating, first the feast of All Saints’ Day followed by All Souls’ Day. This dual celebration and our practice of praying for our beloved dead are expressions of the Church as the ‘Communion of Saints,’ and of our baptismal call to holiness– that is, be saints! This is an opportune time to remind ourselves of our common vocation and of our understanding that the Church is made up of a multitude of individuals accompanying, serving and helping one another to follow the Lord Jesus faithfully. In our parish grouping we have begun already to embrace our present call to come together in building a more vibrant community and to rededicate ourselves to the mission of the Church. We are also aware of the challenges present in our Church and in our culture. I am inspired to ask the prayers of those who have gone before us, especially those who made so many sacrifices to establish our parishes of Saint Joan and Saint Louise. I ask you to join me this month in praying for the eternal peace of our faithful departed, as we ask them also to accompany us with their prayers.

All during the month of November, a Book of Remembrance will be placed in our church vestibule, containing the names of our parishioners who have died over the past year. I invite you to add the names of your beloved dead all through the month. All of these will be remembered daily in our Masses at Saint Joan.

Also…Thank you all for your patience and cooperation with our new procedure for requesting Mass intentions for 2019. Again, I remind you that our reason for this change is to try our best to accommodate every parish family with at least 1 Sunday and 2 daily Masses on their preferred date. Beginning in December, and all throughout the year, we will accept and schedule your additional requests (according to availability).

Perhaps you have already seen, we have reserved two parking places off of Montour Street for parish clergy. We understand that parking is indeed at a premium around our church property, but with our priests’ schedules, we often need to arrive for Mass or other parish events with only a few minutes to spare. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

Lastly, judging from the majority of candles burning, I believe many of you have already noticed the additional votive lights at the shrine to Our Lady in church. Our candle supplier has furnished us with the new racks, and the additional kneeler was purchased using some of our ‘Repair and Renovation’ funds. We ask you now to use the “Offering Box” (on the left-hand side) for your candle donations. We still welcome you to write out and leave your intentions for prayer. In the next few weeks, we will provide a new basket to collect and hold these prayer intentions.

Yours In Christ,
Fr. Joe

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