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From The Pastor's Desk - September 19, 2010

Dear Parishioners,

Each week please  note in our bulletin our parishioners who are sick and include them in your daily prayers.  If ever a family member becomes seriously ill, is going to have surgery, or is hospitalized, please let me know.  I know that hospitals are no longer allowed to contact parishes to let them know who has been admitted unless a patient explicitly requests such.  I am happy to make hospital visitations.  I want to be sure that anyone who is seriously ill has the opportunity to receive the sacraments, especially the Sacrament of the Sick, and, if needed, the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  If you know that you are going in for surgery, please request of me to administer these sacraments to you, if you so desire.  Also, Sharon VanTassell and I are developing a plan for anytime that there is an emergency, such as someone being taken to Emergency at a hospital or who is in immediate danger of death, for me to be contacted to get to the  person as soon as possible.  With my duties to the Catholic Faith Formation Office, which means I am not always at the parish, I want to be contacted for emergencies.  Next week, I hope to fill you in on what this procedure will be.

This coming Saturday, September 25, Candy Connery and I will be attending a convocation, "Preparing to Welcome the Roman Missal: Forward Together," that Archbishop Lucas has required all pastors to attend with at least one musician or liturgist from each parish.  Since Candy coordinates our music and choirs, I asked her to attend this with me.  This is the first of several events that the Archbishop's Worship Office will be offering in preparation for the implementation of  the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

Here is the final FAQ on the new English translation:

What opportunities does the new Missal offer the Church?  Implementing the new Missal will give the Church an opportunity to take a fresh look at its liturgical practice and to renew its celebration of  the Sacred Liturgy, which is the "source and summit" of Christian life (Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church [Lumen Gentium], no. 11). The faithful, encountering the Liturgy anew in the new text, can deepen their sharing in Christ's sacrifice, offering their lives to the Father as they worship "in Spirit and in truth" on 4:23).

To this end, as we prepare for the implementation of the new Missal we will be looking at how we can ourselves be renewed in the celebration of  the Holy Mass.  I will be offering ways that we can spiritually be renewed and I and the Parish Council are  looking at other aspects of the Sacred Liturgy, such as how we might update the church sanctuary and building as a whole to facilitate our worship of our Lord according to current liturgical directives.  As a plan for these things gels, I will be letting you know what we will be doing.

Finally, as we enter the season of fall this week, let us keep in our prayers all of those involved in agriculture, especially that there will be the kind of weather that is conducive to the harvesting of crops.

God Bless,  Fr. Gutowski

This Week

Prayer Intention for the Week
For the sick: Joyce Cockerill, Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green,  Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Tues., Oct. 17, Ladies Guild, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 18, RE, 6:15 p.m.