Jottings from Fr. J.J.

You probably received a post card from the parish reminding you to vote for St. Anastasia to win the Trinity statue, worth $50,000. No parish funds were spent on that mailing (done in bulk, so it was cheaper). A donation was made to me specifically for the purpose of sending out a notice. We only have until August 15th, so VOTE!

What is World Youth Day? It is a great worldwide encounter with the Pope which is celebrated every three years in a different country. It began with Pope John Paul II wanting to connect with the world’s young people and to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. This time it will be celebrated in Madrid, Spain. Fr. Eric leaves today (Sunday) with 8 of our parishioners for this exciting event. Our pilgrims will visit four holy sites before the actual WYD events begin. They will visit Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes, and San Damasco. During the week of World Youth Day, there will be a complete cultural agenda in addition to the events with the Pope. The program will include concerts, exhibits, guided museum visits, plays, and much, much more. WYD participants, organized by language groups, will have catechesis session with bishops from all over the world. The sessions will take place in churches, schools, auditoriums and sports centers of Madrid. One of the   biggest things that will happen is a big final Mass. Pope Benedict will concelebrate Mass with thousands of bishops and priests (including our Fr. Eric) and he will address the young people and those who are not so young, to send them out to the world to witness to their faith, as the Lord did with his Apostles. At the end of the Mass, the Holy Father will announce the place where the next edition of World Youth Day will be held. They are praying for us, so Pray, Pray, Pray for them and their safety.

Speaking of youth; did you know that we have 850 kids who attend our Religious Education programs here beginning in October? We do not have millions of volunteers like WYD, so we need you. Ever thought about being a catechist? It is a lot easier than you think and a lot more fun and fulfilling than you would ever imagine. Questions? Simply call the Religious Ed Office and find out what it is all about. We could even have you team teach, or simply help out if you do not want to be a catechist. I remember someone saying, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them!” We better listen.

Thanks to our Youth band who took all the Masses last weekend so we remember our teen program. On August 13th we have the 18th Annual William B. Davidson Golf Outing which is the primary funder for our teen program. Support our teens by donating pop, sponsoring a teen, making a donation, making a reservation for the dinner, or by golfing.

Since Fr. Eric is gone for the above journey, and Fr. Varghese is in Canada doing a Mission appeal, I am alone for the Masses. We welcome our ol’ buddy Fr. Stanley Obloj to give us a hand with the 10:15 and 12:15. Make sure you give him a St. Anastasia greeting.

There were a zillion questions from many folks last weekend. Last Sunday some of you saw a big black lab running through coffee and donuts. No, my Andy, who died two years ago, was not brought back to life; and no, I did not adopt another dog (to the relief of Jerry). My sister was away and asked if I would watch Jack, her one-eyed dog (get it, “one-eyed Jack”?). Both my sister and Jack are now safely back home, so you donut eaters and Jerry can take a big sigh of relief. 

We are zeroing on the search for our new Business Manager and Youth   Ministry Coordinator. Please pray that we select whomever our Lord wants us to have.

God bless,
Fr. J.J.