Fr. Carl’s Corner

Article from Parish Bulletin – The Arrow on September 17, 2017

Happy Feast Day Celebration to All! – As our community gathers to celebrate the Feast of Saint Giles and the beginning of our 90th Anniversary as a parish community, we do so around the Table of the Lord before moving to our “picnic” tables. For 90 years, the Mass or Eucharist has been a central part of our gatherings and life as a community of faith. More than once I have heard someone ask why? While God is everywhere, God is present in the Eucharist in a special way. When the words of consecration are said at Mass, we believe in faith they are transformed into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. Though the bread and wine remain, they are substantially different. Jesus is present as he was to his apostles in the upper room. As our community gathers around this Eucharistic Table, we ask for the strength to receive the grace we need to continue to believe and become something new in the Risen Christ among us and within us. Together, we are challenged to think about ways we, individually and as a community, put on and become new in Christ, following his examples of compassion, love and service to each other and most of all to the common humanity we are all a part of. Happy Feast Day and 90th celebration of our community of faith!!

A special word of THANKS to all who have served this parish in worship throughout the years. Past and present, we are thankful for their dedication and ministry. To all who help plan liturgies and sing in choirs; to our musicians, ushers, greeters, ministers of the Word and Eucharist, altar servers; to those who clean the linens and vacuum the floor, set up tables and clean up after gatherings; to all those who gather us around the table, the priests assigned here and the visitors who come regularly to help, our deacon couples, the people who open the church doors and pick up stuff in the pews and straighten out the books after Masses — THANK YOU!!!! Over 90 years, this adds up to many folks who have helped this community gather and be strengthened in faith, hope and love.

Speaking of community, after last weekend’s Masses, we gathered for fellowship, coffee and… TREATS! Our hospitality weekends throughout the year are another way for us to celebrate community and welcome visitors and new members to the parish. My THANKS to ALL who stepped up to set-up, clean-up and provide the treats for all to enjoy.

Last weekend, we also took up a second collection for the relief efforts of Catholic Charities USA to assist those who lost so much in Hurricane Harvey. Through your generosity, Saint Giles will send a check for $7,328.00 to Catholic Charities USA. Another $2,446 was collected in checks made out directly to this relief effort, bringing the total to $9,774!!! Thank you for your generous response and compassionate support.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello – Pastor