You can tell that September is here – we have a lot going on and we want to invite your involvement in our parish family activities.
Today, September 14, is the day that we have our welcome breakfast for parish newcomers and our parishioners who will greet them. Breakfast will be served from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. We have a good number of adults and children who have RSVP’d for the Moore Hall event. We want to give them a special welcome, so please come.
Our gatherings for Catholics who have not been recently active in the Church, as seen in the Newsstar article and advertisements, will have its first session on Wednesday, September 17 in the Parish Hall. The time for listening and discussing is from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Suggest to a family member or friend no longer active that he or she attend on the 17
th. Offer to come with him.
Altar Servers will have their Annual Party on Sunday the 21
st at noon in Moore Hall. There will be pizza, soft drinks, and the award distribution for those having served the most number of times in the last year. As part of the same gathering, we will walk through a Mass in the church, following up with new servers who have not yet been trained as well as with current servers who would like a refresher.
Fr. Paul Turner, probably the most well-known authority on the Liturgy in the United States today, will give a talk on the paschal mystery of the Lord – the dying and rising of Christ – in the Mass, sacraments, and funerals of the Church. This presentation is an opportunity to learn much that will help us in getting more fervor out of the Mass, to be able to say with the disciples on the road between Emmaus and Jerusalem, “Were not our hearts burning within us as He explained the Scriptures as we made our way on the road?” This will be Tuesday, September 23 at JGS Moore Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. $20.00 is the cost, but if you can’t afford it and want to come, please contact me.
Sunday, September 28 is the first day of our newly-tooled Faith Enrichment/Sunday School/Parish School of Religion. This is open first to
young people, whether students at JGS School or not. We have teachers/catechists from Pre-K to 9th grade, 9:45 – 10:45. We are using a new program to better internalize our faith and learn more about the Lord who deeply loves us. Faith Enrichment is for adults, too, as the Bible Study welcomes adults during the same time period, but in the Parish Hall. More options for adults will come later.
I haven’t finished everything I wanted to lay out for you, so please check the bulletin for other upcoming events, especially the one-man play about Blessed Francis Seelos on the 28
th in the church, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Casey Groves, connected with the New Orleans Seelos shrine, is a talented actor and will impress us with his interpretation of Fr. Seelos’ life in New Orleans in the 19th century.