Article from Parish Bulletin – The Arrow on February 17, 2019
Next weekend, you will hear from the Cardinal regarding the Annual Catholic Appeal. It will be a pre-recorded message
followed by an in pew commitment for those who have not already mailed in their pledges. The envelopes include a place to check if you already mailed in your pledge. All are invited to participate in the in-pew Commitment Weekend.
Please take time to reflect upon this year’s Appeal theme, “Come, Follow Me… and share the Word,” selected to remind us to continue to answer Jesus’ call to follow him in thought, word and deed. Again, the funds raised provide assistance for ministries and services that share God’s love with many others in the parishes throughout the Archdiocese and offices that assist in our ministry here in our home parish.
Keep in mind that all parishes must participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal. Thank you for your prayerful consideration and, as always, your generous response.
Two requests for prayers… first for Fr. Ed as he heals from hip surgery and works his way through physical therapy. This is the second time on the same hip. His first surgery was twenty years ago. He made me laugh when he said this time it wasn’t so bad… but I am a LITTLE older now!! For patience, perseverance and a complete recovery, let us offer this as our prayer for Fr. Ed.
The second prayer request is for myself and a group of forty-two folks, mostly from Saint Giles, who will travel with me on a 12-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We leave tomorrow evening and will return March 1. Our visit will include Jerusalem… Bethlehem… the Sea of Galilee… Nazareth… and other wonderful biblical sites. One of the things I enjoy most is saying Mass with our group in places like the Garden of Gethsemane or in the Chapel at Shepherds Field. It’s a very awesome feeling to be on such holy ground and offer Mass. Please pray for our safe travels, for nice weather and I promise to think of and pray for all of you when we celebrate Mass at these holy sites.
So who is in charge while I’m away? I have a very capable staff to keep things going and Fr. Tom… having been a former pastor… looks forward to being in that saddle again while I’m away!!! (LOL)
Shalom! Have a great week ahead.
With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello – Pastor of St. Giles Parish