September 3-4, 2016

Where did the summer go? I'm sure we are all asking that question this weekend as we head into the Labor Day holiday. Please join us for our Monday Labor Day mass at 9:00 am. As school doors open, our own parish focus begins to shift towards the various educational opportunities we offer to you.

You had to notice on the cover of last week's bulletin our two bible study programs which begin in the middle of September. Both presenters will help you appreciate our sacred scriptures.

On September 18th is Catechetical Sunday. Our religious education instructors will be at the 10:00 am mass to be recognized and blessed in preparation for their work with our young people. Be sure to sign up your children at the information desk in the gathering area.

Finally, at the end of September, Tuesday the 27th we begin our second season of the ChristLife Program. It will be held on most Tuesday evenings, through October and into November. Each session will begin with supper in our social hall, followed by a video presentation. After a short break, table groups will engage in a guided discussion of the video. We always begin and end in prayer.

This Friday's noon mass, when we celebrate the memorial of St. Peter Claver, we will add special prayers in observance of the Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. The U.S. bishops have set this day aside that Catholic communities might unite in prayer. Please make a special effort to join us, or at least pause at noon to pray for peace in our cities. The first petition that we will prayer says it all: "For an end to the violence perpetrated by harsh words, deadly weapons, or cold indifference. May our homes, our nation, and countries around the world become havens of peace, let us pray to the Lord."