From Msgr. Popadick

November 11, 2018 

ALL SOULS DAY MASS INTENTIONS: As has been our custom here at St. Aloysius Gonzaga, during November, the month of All Souls, our All Souls envelopes are given a place of honor in our sanctuary and those whose names are listed on the envelopes are remembered in a special way during our celebrations of Holy Mass. Any donations received are divided into $15.00 Mass offerings. Many of the Masses are regularly celebrated here at St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Some of the Mass stipends are shared with our retired, senior priests and with priests who do not have sufficient stipends for daily Masses. Parish Leadership hopes that this disbursement of Mass stipends continues to meet with the approval of parishioners and donors. Our Catholic practice of offering Holy Mass for the deceased has its biblical roots in the Old Testament, the Second Book of Maccabees where we read: “Therefore Judas Maccabeus made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it this way: “From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.” (#1032) Special All Souls Day envelopes can be found in your envelope packet and also can be found at the main entrance to our Church. So we pray…”eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen!”

WANTED/NEEDED – PART TIME MAINTENANCE PERSON: After over 19 years serving as our part-time maintenance person, Jim Banas has informed Father Peter that he desires to retire in order to spend more time with his wife and family. Publicly we wish to thank Jim for his long and dedicated service to our parish community. As Father Peter told Jim, he never asked Jim to do anything that Jim did not respond willingly, promptly and professionally. The parish is now seeking a part-time maintenance person who would assist Dino, our maintenance person, in the care and upkeep of our parish property and buildings. The position would be about 8 to 10 hours a week – time schedule and days of employment are negotiable. Those interested should have a general knowledge of care for buildings and property, as well as a genuine desire to assist all who gather for meetings, recreation and other events here at St. Al’s. If interested in applying for the position and to review a job description, please contact Tom Franczyk, our Parish Business Manager, or Father Peter. The parish hopes to have this position filled by January 1, 2019.

SHARE OUR HARVEST APPEAL: Our Share Our Harvest Appeal has now grown to $4,640.00, gifts from 105 parishioners/friends. Additionally the families of our Guardian Angels Home School Program have made a donation of $2,117.00 to the Harvest Appeal. Our grand total thus far is $6,857.00. (Last year $9,583.00 was collected.) Please know of the gratitude of Parish Leadership and Father Peter for your most generous response to this Fall Appeal. This Appeal is so necessary as we face our snow-plowing/removal contract, the winter utility bills, the cost of our Advent Journey packets and the daily expenses of running a parish as large as St. Aloysius Gonzaga. If you still wish to make a donation to the Harvest Appeal, just make sure an envelope marked “Share Our Harvest” reaches the rectory at your convenience. Thank you.

BLUE STAR MOTHERS: An organization of women, the Blue Star Mothers, collects items for Christmas Care Packages that are sent to the women and men in our military serving around the world. Among the items collected are personal items such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorants, shampoos, snacks such as hard candy, trail mixes, nuts, peanut butter, and miscellaneous items such as crossword puzzle books, playing cards and current paperback books. The Blue Star Mothers are featured in the November issue of our Diocesan Catholic Newspaper (page 29) which is still available as you leave Mass this weekend. A large box has been placed at the main entrance to our Church along with additional information on what items are needed to make a Christmas Care Package. Your kindness could help bring joy and hope to our military personnel building peace around the globe at Christmas. Donations are accepted until November 25th. More information: Teri at 866-8061.