Memo from Msgr. Raun - Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

My dear family,

Hi, everyone!  I'm back! I had a pleasant few days away, and now I'm ready to tackle getting ready for Lent (it's just three weeks away from tomorrow!)

UPDATE ON FATHER YOUNG: Last Sunday, Father Young came home from the rehab hospital and is now staying with us other priests at the Rectory. He has made amazing improvement but is still very weak and will need to continue with physical therapy and other types of medical treatment.

I don't think it's wise to have unannounced visitors come to the rectory to see him: I suggest you call him first. Even before Fr. Young's arrival, we have tried to limit the number of people coming to the house.

Fr. Young thanks everyone for their prayers and expressions of love.

SUPPORTING OUR SISTERS: Next Sunday is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. Due to the virus, we won't be able to showcase our school students, as we normally do. We also won't be able to have the Sisters standing at the door collecting for our retired Sisters. So I want to share this letter from the Sisters with you:

"Dear Families and Friends,

Each year Sr. Anne and I come before you on behalf of our retired and infirm sisters who reside in Saint Joseph Hall Health Care Center at Villa Walsh.  We are coming to you again to make a humble plea.

We are not requesting these funds for our personal comfort, but for our sisters who have worked so zealously for so many years, sisters that we hold in such high regard that it makes it somewhat easier to write to you.

Know that the sisters pray for you in a special way and they always say, “thank you” and ask God to bless you and your families.  They are always amazed that you could be so prayerfully minded of them and so generous with your donations, to sisters who live hundreds of miles away, whom you will never meet, and will never receive their personal expressions of gratitude.  Yet, you reach out to them year after year so willingly and so generously.

Sr. Anne and I are very proud of the great support you have extended to these sisters in the past and we can only repeat their same simple response, “Thank you and God bless you”! We share their amazement.  We too have been recipients of your goodness and support in so many ways.  You are characterized by your qualities of goodness and generosity.

So, we make this appeal: If you are financially able to donate to assist our infirmary
and retired sisters, I remind you that our gratitude and prayers accompany your donations. In addition, and equally important, I ask for your prayers for them and those who care for them.

We ask that you pray for vocations to our community, so that we may continue to teach the Word of God.  We can only do this if we are blessed with generous women who are willing to answer God’s call.

We thank each of you and extend the anticipated gratitude of the Filippini Sisters for your monetary donation and your prayers.

Sister Anne and I thank Monsignor Raun for allowing us to make this appeal.
God’s blessings and graces to you and your families,

Sr. Roseann and Sr. Anne

Donations can be placed in an envelope marked: Filippini Sisters and dropped in the collection box or sent to the parish office during the week of January 30th through February 5th"

ST. BLAISE DAY is next Wednesday, Feb. 3rd. We will have the traditional Blessing of Throats that day, but with the prayer being said once over everyone present, as is allowed in special circumstances, to keep everyone safe.

NIFTY HOLY WATER FOUNTS/DISPENSERS THAT ARE COVID SAFE! We have found a company that makes contact-free Holy Water founts for the doors of the church. They are just like the "touch-free" hand sanitizer stations that you see in the stores, but with a pretty wood cover that says "Holy Water". This way we can start having Holy Water at the doors of the church again.

The only trick is that they cost $200 a piece. To cover all five doors we need ten of them. I'm sure we can use them in the new church. So - if you would like to donate one of them, please call the parish office. Thank you!


Laughing is the best medicine:  

Chocolate is God’s way of telling us He likes us a little bit chubby.

It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult.

Marriage Counselor: 'Your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is that true?'
Him:  'To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers.'

QUOTES FROM THE SAINTS to give you peace, hope, and strength... 

“Live in faith and hope, though it be in darkness, for in this darkness God protects the soul. Cast your care upon God for you are His and He will not forget you. Do not think that He is leaving you alone, for that would be to wrong Him.”
– St. John of the Cross

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

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