The annual observance of Veteran’s Day was held on November 11, 2013 sponsored by Helmuth-Ingalls Post 232 American Legion, and St. Mary’s Cemetery under the direction of our superintendent, the late Chris Ellis. An outstanding choir from Clinton High School sang the National Anthem and other patriotic pieces followed by an ecumenical choir of adults from St. Mary’s and other local Churches. A large crowd was moved by the brief, but solemn ceremony.
At the Easter Vigil throughout the world, in every Catholic Church, new members joined our faith in the process called RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. These new members have completed study of our faith and the gospel over the past 6 months.
At St. Mary’s, Pam Zomback and Cal Sprague were part of this process. We welcome and congratulation them. Please keep these new members in our Parish, and throughout the world, in your prayers as they continue to live the Gospel message.
FAMILY OUTREACH MINISTRY, of HEARTS AND HANDS, announces the start of the PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY. If you enjoy, sewing, crocheting or knitting, this is for you. The purpose is to create, lap blankets, shawls, scarves, socks, or caps, for anyone who needs the comfort of an item, made in love and prayer, to help them through a difficult time.
Donations of yarn and patterns are gratefully accepted. Pamphlets describing this ministry will be available at the back of church. If interested please contact: ROSEANN E. SUHR 853-2029.
PLEASE CHECK PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY’S WEBSITE: www.shawlministry.com
Hard to believe that August is just about over and September begins this week. As we enter into the very busy fall season I want to mention two things that will be taking place here at St. Mary’s.
First of all, beginning the weekend of September 10/11, we will be participating in the Stewardship / Enhanced Giving Program initiated throughout the Diocese by Bishop Cunningham. The Bishop has engaged the services of the Cunneen Company to work with each of the parishes in the seven counties of the Syracuse Diocese as a way of increasing the finances of each parish and also each parishioners awareness of their gifts of time, talent & treasure. This program consists of talks over three weekends and concludes with the commitment weekend on September 24/25. The goal of the program is to help parishioners recommit themselves to the parish spiritually and financially. We will be sharing more information about this with you soon.
The second item that I want to mention is the Catholic Church-wide institution of the new Roman Missal. In short, the new missal makes some adjustments to the responses at Mass as well as the Eucharistic Prayers. We will be gradually phasing these changes in as we approach the first weekend of Advent when all parishes are asked to begin using the new prayers.
Both of these programs will ask us to go through some adjustments in our parish life and worship here in Clinton. St. Mary’s has been through many of these transitions and changes and is alive and well after one hundred and sixty-one years. Your continued prayers and patience will help to take this parish into the future.
Thanks for all that you do.