Memo from Msgr. Raun- Monday October 30th, 2020

My dear family,
Peace and blessing from the Lord Jesus to you all.

TIME CHANGE TONIGHT : Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep!

THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS is tomorrow, November 1st. On this glorious feast we honor all the saints in heaven, both those who are canonized (officially declared by the Church to be in heaven), and those whose names are known only to God. May we some day be among their number!
The traditional prayer for this day is the Litany of the Saints. Any good prayer-book has it, or it can be found online.

ALL SOUL'S DAY, or as it is officially called, The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, is on Monday, November 2nd. The 9 am Mass that day will be offered in a special way for all those who have died in our parish this last year.
Your priests will offer the traditional three Masses for the dead that day. If you would like your loved ones remembered in a special way at these Masses, please get us their names by tomorrow, November 1, using the special envelopes found in your monthly packet of envelopes or at the doors of the church.

Our Holy Father the Pope has announced that this year, in view of the pandemic and the great number of people who have died, the plenary indulgence that can be gained for the dead on November 2nd has been extended throughout the entire month of November. To gain this indulgence for the dead, one must visit a cemetery and pray for the faithful departed, and fulfill the usual conditions (confession and Communion within seven days before or after the visit, and a Our Father, Hail Mary, and Apostles Creed for the intentions of the Pope.)

The whole month of November is dedicated to prayer for the souls in Purgatory. Let us remember what the Bible says: "It is a holy and pious thought to pray for the dead." !
MORE HOMEBOUND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION NEEDED: We are getting more and more requests to bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound. We need more help in doing this! To qualify, you must be a practicing Catholic and under 60 years of age. It is a very fulfilling ministry. We will give you all the training needed. To volunteer, just call the parish office - 892-1511.


So far, this has been working out. We have had a fair number of people coming to receive Holy Communion the past few days. Of course this is the first weekend that we are doing this. We encourage everyone who is spiritually prepared to take advantage of this and come receive Holy Communion:

1. The normal schedule of Masses - weekday and weekend - being celebrated in the church. These will be private Masses.

2. BUT - every Mass is being broadcast on our low-wattage FM transmitter at 106.5 FM. You can listen to the Mass anywhere in our parish parking lot. Just sit in your car and listen to the Mass.

3. THEN - after each Mass, Eucharistic Ministers go out of the doors of the church with the Blessed Sacrament. Just go line up at the doors and receive Holy Communion.
Please remember to wear your mask and to keep socially distanced while lining up to receive Communion. And - be very considerate and careful of your fellow parishioners in the parking lot as you drive away!

4. The 9 am Mass will continue to be live-streamed daily, as well as broadcast on the FM transmitter. The 9 am Sunday Mass will be a full sung Mass. All the other Saturday evening and Sunday Masses will be broadcast on our FM transmitter, but they will be recited Masses with a short sermon, not more than about 30 minutes.

Also, remember the following:
We are opening the church building every day at 9:30 am until 6:00 pm. (On Sundays from 2 pm to 6 pm.) We have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during these times.

We are hearing Confessions Monday through Friday at 9:30 am and 5:00 pm. Saturday confessions will be at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Please call the parish office to arrange funerals, marriages and baptisms. There are to be no more than 10 persons present, and are to be celebrated without Mass.

Your priests are happy to make sick calls. Every precaution will be taken to protect the health of the sick person and the priest. Just call the parish office.

Our great mission as a parish remains unchanged: to bring people to Jesus, and to bring Jesus to people.

Pray, my dear family, pray. Prayer is the greatest power in the world. Say the Rosary every day!


Laughing is the best medicine : back by popular demand, more corny jokes...
What fruits are mentioned most in history?
Answer: Dates

What is the smallest room in the world?
Answer: Mushroom

What's more useful after it's  broken?
Answer: Egg

A prayer for All Saint's Day...
Holy Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God,
today we rejoice in the holy men and women
of every time and place.
May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I send you my fatherly blessing, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen !
Msgr. Doug Raun

God Bless You

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