Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter for November 19, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers –

I want to welcome this weekend three members of the Las Vecinas Committee at Parroquia San Antonio, our sister parish in El Salvador. Inéz, Paty, Irma, and Delmy, among others, were extraordinarily gracious to our delegation in San Antonio last June. Please join me in extending to them the same hospitality. Please plan to join us for our annual pancake breakfast and participate in the silent auction. All the funds we raise go directly to support ministries at Parroquia San Antonio; for their medical clinic and three workshops that offer training for their parishioners, enabling them to provide for their families.

We also welcome to our parish community Brian Alves, who will join us beginning Wednesday as our new fulltime Sacristan. Brian comes to us after 18 months as one of the two sacristans at St. Mary’s Cathedral, so he knows how to do big liturgy in a big church! Brian brings a sense of vocation to this ministry and he is eager to serve the Church in this unique way. He understands the role of liturgy in the faith life of both the individual and the faith community. He also has a sincere desire to be part of our faith community. Welcome, Brian!

As we say hello to him, we say goodbye to Ray, our Sacristan of 23 years. I wrote you about this hard-working, humble, lovely, and faithful man several weeks ago. The intervening weeks have not made the anticipation of his leaving any easier. More important than the historical memory he takes with him, we will miss his dedication, his sense of humor, his devotion to God, to his ministry, and to us. His last official day is next Sunday, but he will be here on Sunday, December 3, so that we can say our goodbyes. Please join us for hospitality after both the 9:30 am and 11:00 am Masses as we express our gratitude. (Do note that he and Liany are active members of our parish – Ray even submitted a commitment form a few weeks ago to be a regular usher on Sundays!)

On Thursday, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. If you are able to join us for Mass at 10:00 am, please bring a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, or something you will bring to your Thanksgiving table that, together, we might bless it.

Be assured of my prayers of gratitude for you and for our community.

Make God bless you and St. Ignatius Parish.

Oremus pro invicem,

Fr. Greg