Dear Friends,

Last Sunday at St. Agnes in the church hall, a wonderful reception was held in honor of Father Francis Callahan, thanking him for his many years of service to St. Agnes Parish and wishing him well in his retirement. Over three hundred people came to visit Fr. Callahan and to wish him the best. On behalf of Precious Blood Parish, I want to thank Deacon Nicholas Genovese as well as the other members of the committee who worked so hard to put the reception together.

On this past Monday evening at St. Agnes, I, along with Deacon John Hoffman met with the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who serve our parish. Fr. Sam and Fr. Deny as well as Deacon Nick Genovese were also present. At this meeting, we discussed some changes that will take place early in the new year so that the liturgical life and practice of our parish may be more streamlined and cohesive. To be sure, some of the changes may be unsettling to some of our ministers, but I am sure that over time, they will grow used to them and adapt to the new way of doing things liturgically. On behalf of the parish community, I thank all of them for their many years of selfless service and sacrifice in distributing the Eucharist to the people of the parish both in church as well as to those who are homebound, in the hospital or in one of the nursing facilities in town.

For some inexplicable reason, the coming Ladies’ Guild event scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 in Father Cronin Hall has not been publicized in the bulletin. On that evening, a “Paint Night” will be held. For the small sum of just $25.00, participants will receive a canvas, paints, and a paintbrush and be led to create masterpieces of their own. I know of other parishes and organizations that have held Paint Nights, and they are a great deal of fun. There are a few tickets still available. You can contact Tori Saxer at the rectory for more information.

Please remember our annual parish Mass of Remembrance which will be celebrated this coming Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 PM at St. Agnes. The names of all who have died and have been buried from our parish will be read and they will be remembered in a special way. This is an opportunity for everyone to come together to remember their beloved deceased, commend them to God, and seek renewed comfort and consolation.

Have a good week!