From the Rector’s Desk

CHANGE IN WEEKDAY MASSES TIMES:  The Mass times for the week will change beginning this week.  Because of the priests’ retreat, the full schedule will not begin for another week.  Please look at the Mass times for this week.  The new schedule will be as follows:

Our Lady of Lourdes:  Monday to Friday at 8:00 AM

St. Columbkille Cathedral:  Tuesday to Friday at 12:10 PM

Holy Name Parish:  Monday to Thursday at 7:00 PM

As always, please pay attention each week for any changes to these times due to such events as the priests’ retreat, funerals, or special solemnities such as All Souls Day.

VOLUNTEERS FOR THE PARISH COUNCIL AND FINANCE AND PROPERTY COMMITTEE:  If you are interested in serving on either one of these, please contact the Parish Office during office hours.

FUNERALS ON SATURDAY:  Funeral Masses on Saturday will occur only if the death has occurred one week prior.  There will be no Funeral Masses with ashes on Saturdays for those who have died weeks or months before the intended date for the Funeral Mass.

ALL SOULS DAY:  At the entrances of the church, you will find envelopes marked “All Souls Day”.  On the envelope there are ten lines upon which you may place the names of your loved ones who have died.  If you have more than 10 names, then please place them on a piece of paper and put it inside the envelope.  Although it is not necessary, you may offer a monetary donation.  These donations will be used for Masses for the Holy Souls in Purgatory throughout the year.  You may place these envelopes in the collection.  The names given will be placed into a book near the sanctuary for the month of November.

OUR DUTY TO PRAY FOR THE DEAD:  As we approach the month dedicated to the Holy Souls, we recall that it is the duty of the Church Militant or the Church living on earth, to offer up prayers and sacrifices for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.  These souls need our prayers to help them be purified from worldly desires and thus enter into God’s heavenly kingdom.  We can offer up prayers, especially Holy Mass as well as gain Indulgences for the Holy Souls.  Let us never forget this solemn duty given to us for one day we too may need the prayers of the Church.

DEVOTIONS:  The Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help will continue each Wednesday but it will occur after the 12:10 Mass.  When the liturgical calendar allows it, Friday Mass will be a Mass of the Sacred Heart.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  At the entrances of the Church, you will find a sign-up sheet for Adoration.  I would like to have exposition after the Wednesday Mass of 12:10 PM with the praying of the Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  If enough people sign up, I would like to continue adoration until 6:30 PM ending with Vespers and Benediction.

COMMUNION TO THE SICK AND SHUT-INS:  I need to comply a list of those who are sick and the shut-ins so that Father Peter and I can begin to make visits.  if you know of someone who would like to be on this list, please call the Parish Office with their name, address and phone number. Please do so only with the person’s permission.