Dear Friends:

The first annual Precious Blood Parish picnic, held last Sunday on the grounds of St. Agnes, was a great success. Several hundred tickets were sold and it gave us all an opportunity as a new parish to meet and greet one another. Of course, an event like this does not just happen. A great deal of time and hard work went into making it possible. To that end, in the name of the entire parish community, I thank the members of the St. Joseph’s Men’s Club, Boy Scout Troop 712, the Ladies’ Guild of St. Agnes, and anyone else who contributed in any way to pulling this off. I am grateful to those who set up, cleaned up, and sold tickets as well. To one and all responsible in any way, a big THANK YOU!

As we go forward, there are other social events and activities planned. First up is a bus trip to New York City scheduled for Saturday, October 21. We will be visiting Ground Zero, the 9/11 Museum and other areas in lower Manhattan connected with the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We will then head uptown for lunch and some time in the area of Times Square before returning to Milford in the evening. I plan to make the trip and I hope we will have a good number going. Details are in this bulletin.

On Saturday, October 28, we will be holding an Oktoberfest celebration in the gym of St. Mary’s School. Tickets, available for a nominal price, will be available in the near future. Those who went last year may remember what a good time it was. Be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible for there will be a limited number sold.

A reminder of the meeting of the Liturgy Committee which will take place Monday evening of this week, September 18, beginning at 7:30 in the hall at St. Agnes. Anyone who is interested in the liturgical life of our parish and in planning the schedule for Advent and Christmas, which are, by the way, coming soon, should plan to join us.

Finally, by way of advance notice, the annual Blessing of the Animals held in connection with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, October 7, on the grounds of St. Mary’s outside the church hall in the area where the statue of St. Francis is situated. Dogs should be on leashes, and cats do better if they are crated, as do other furry creatures who might be brought.

Have a good week.