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From the Pastor's Desk - December 11, 2011

Dear Parishioners,
Lately there have been several parishioners who have had surgeries and who are dealing with serious illnesses, so please each week please note in our bulletin our parishioners who are sick and include them in your daily prayers. As I have noted previously in my column, 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 try my best to make hospital visitations. If someone has had surgery, I usually wait until the second day after surgery to make a hospital visit in order to give some time to recover from surgery. Of course there might be instances when I am not able to make it for a hospital visit before someone is released as it seems persons are out of the hospital oftentimes very quickly. 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. Know too that I am happy to make a home visitation any time before someone goes in or after someone is released from the hospital, especially willing to bring Holy Communion on Sundays (or have Deacon Dave or an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion do so) until a person is able to get back to Mass.

On another note, it looks like that the 4:00P.M. Christmas Eve Mass is the popular one versus the 5:30 P. M. Mass, so I ask young children and grandchildren) coming to the 4:00 P.M. Mass, please consider attending the 5:30 Mass if you choose to go on Christmas Eve for Christmas Mass. I am hoping that we can keep the 4:00 Mass from becoming overly packed in the social hall. Please note, too, that with the Christmas Masses being very full, go ahead and use all of the exits even through the construction area, especially if there would be a need for emergency egress.

Have a blessed and grace-filled week.
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.