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Today as we call for a renewed commitment to volunteerism in our parish, I hope that many people will be moved to give generously of their time and talent. I am grateful that our sense of contributing to the common good has been high in our parish. Sometimes volunteering takes us out of our comfort zone, and sometimes it causes us to make commitments that are not convenient. In this regard, volunteering is redemptive because it causes us to reach beyond ourselves in service to others.

Please study the list of opportunities for service. Perhaps your circumstances have changed in a way that makes some new commitments possible. It is always helpful for our parish to keep our rosters of willing volunteers on hand. You may not get a call for a while, but it's always good to have new people on deck when the needs arise.

One thing I have noticed over the years is that people who have “a little skin in the game,” tend to be more committed and to appreciate parish life more. Even when we do one small ministry, it helps us see our parish from a different angle.

This week we are starting the process of preparing children for First Penance with parent meetings. First Penance is scheduled for December this year.

Last year in our parish, we initiated a partnership between 2nd graders and adults who became their prayer partners. These adults prayed for their 2nd grade partner and occasionally would send a note of encouragement. These partnerships varied from person to person. In some instances, they met each other, and in some, they didn't. I heard many positive comments about the experience.

On your volunteer options this weekend, you might consider becoming a prayer partner. It's another way of sharing your own faith and growing in the life of our parish.

As I mentioned last weekend at Mass, Bishop Swain has authorized a collection for hurricane relief for the Bahamas and for the eastern coast of the U.S. If anyone would like to contribute, our parish will be glad to forward your gifts to the Chancery, which will in turn forward gifts to Catholic Relief
Services and Catholic Charities USA.

It won't be too long before we swing into active preparation for Turkey Bingo. We are happy to report that the large raffle gift will be several days at a house at Branson, MO, and $200 in gift cards for travel expenses. The second prize will be a large flat-screen TV. We are waiting for the third prize (which in the past has been a night at a local hotel with food provided). Maybe someone will donate something nice for this prize.

We are also hearing of some creativity with items for our Silent Auction. Tickets to sporting events, meals, and other activities often attract the most attention. Some Rosary Clubs are pooling their resources to provide some nice items. Our parish Youth Group is also putting together some items. We have been encouraging families to make some joint efforts so that we have fewer baskets with maybe a little higher value.

This weekend you will notice new common cups and a new Book of the Gospels being used at Mass. These are gifts from the family of Randy Dusek, a member of our parish who died earlier this summer. Randy was a very faithful participant at Mass, and his family wanted to remember him in some way at our parish where he was a member for several years. Randy's parents live in North Dakota and have often visited our parish, especially during Randy's long hospitalization this summer.

Having fitting vessels for Mass is a sign of the importance we place in the liturgy, so we are very grateful to Randy's family. Our original vessels and books are beginning to show their age. Please do remember Randy in your prayers.

An added feature for Religious Ed. this year is a class for adults, beginning on Wed., September 25th, meeting at both the early session (5:30 p.m.) and the late session (6:45 p.m.) I have some ideas to get us started but will be looking for guidance about what would be helpful. We will meet in the Gathering Space and all are welcome.

Financial Report: It was wonderful to see great gathering on Sunday morning and really good to find $7,978 in the offertory collection. With our online contributions included, we are on a good pace for September.

A Stewardship Testimonial: "God has blessed me in so many ways."

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