From Msgr. Popadick

March 18, 2018 

RELIGIOUS JUBILEE – SISTER DOROTHY FELTZ: The Parish Community of St. Aloysius Gonzaga joins Sister Maryann and Father Peter in extending to Sister Dorothy our prayers and congratulations as she celebrates her 70th Anniversary as a Sister of St. Joseph. As a parish family we thank Sister Dorothy for her prayerful presence at Mass almost every day, her active participation in our book discussion group and parish activities, and her simple life of poverty, chastity and obedience which challenges all of us to live more simply by walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Sister Dorothy celebrates her Jubilee with her Community this Sunday. We add our prayers and congratulations which hopefully will make this day even more special and memorable. God bless Sister Dorothy abundantly as she celebrates her 70th Anniversary as a Sister of St. Joseph.

GRATITUDE TO KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: A special word of gratitude to the Bishop Benincasa Council of the Knights of Columbus for their most generous contributions to our parish. The Knights presented Father Peter with a check for $200 for the general needs of the parish and a check in the same amount for our Food Pantry and Outreach Ministries. Additionally the Knights made a donation of $300.00 to our annual Catholic Charities Appeal. The generosity of our Knights of Columbus helps us to bring the Good News of Jesus to others and to serve the poor and needy as we would serve Jesus. Our Bishop Benincasa Council is always ready to welcome men who wish to enter the Knights of Columbus and join them in witnessing to Christ by their personal lives and their active involvement in the life of your parish and Church. For more information on the Knights of Columbus, just call the rectory and one of the officers will be in contact with you.

JUBILEE YEAR OF ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA: As was mentioned last week, Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year in Honor of St. Aloysius Gonzaga as we celebrate the 450th anniversary of his birth. Pope Francis has asked that this Jubilee Year be celebrated in a special way in parishes and institutions dedicated to him. The letter informing us of this Jubilee Year can be found in our Trautenberg Library. After Easter, interested parishioners will be asked to meet with Father Peter to plan how we can celebrate this Jubilee Year within our parish family. Perhaps one event a month – or six events over the coming year. You might have noticed that candles have been placed next to his statue. They will be lighted during Sunday Masses. The relic of St. Aloysius Gonzaga has also been placed before his statue for our veneration. Some ideas that have already been suggested are that we invite all graduates of our school to our Outdoor Mass in July and we invite all Priests, Sisters and Deacons to our Feast Day Mass in June. There is also a suggestion that we join with our sister-parish, St. Aloysius in Springville, and celebrate together our Patron’s legacy. Many other ideas will surface. Give this Jubilee Year some thought on what we can do to honor St. Aloysius Gonzaga during this special year. St. Aloysius Gonzaga, pray for us!