JULY 30, 2017
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous …”
Parish Office Hours Slight Time Change
Starting this week, the parish office will be opening 30 minutes later, at 8:30am, rather than 8am. I made this decision after consulting with the Parish Council and our office assistant, Dianne Miller, and we agreed that this would be a good change.
The reason for the change is to encourage participation in the daily morning Mass at 8am. Not only will this allow Dianne to attend if she wishes, but I want to take this opportunity to encourage others to begin attending daily Mass as well, especially if you need to stop in to the office after Mass.
Additionally, it is very important to me that, as a norm, we don’t have other parish events happening at the same time as Mass. Too often in other parishes I have been at, there have been events, meetings, or other activities happening at the same time as Mass. I want to try to avoid that as a way of showing special respect for the Mass and encourage participation in it.
The Mass is the Source and Summit of our faith, and therefore we need to make sure that all parish events and activities always are planned with consideration of encouraging participation in the Sacred Liturgy.
I want to encourage all our parishioners, especially if you are retired or do not work on weekday mornings, to begin attending the daily morning Mass, when possible. Or if you do work full time, and have a flexible schedule, perhaps starting your day 30 minutes later as a beautiful way to start your day with Mass. I realize it might be a big leap to try to start attending every day, so perhaps begin by attending daily Mass one morning per week, or even once per month. First Fridays are a very special day to attend Mass, so maybe that would be a good day to begin attending every month.
Please pray for me, as I daily pray for you.
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke