Pastor's Corner 021614

posted Feb 12, 2014, 11:25 AM by Music Director

             Occasionally, parishioners or family/friends of parishioners ask to donate something in memory of a deceased loved one or in celebration of some special occasion, such as a significant wedding anniversary.  This is a wonderful and very generous expression of support of our parish.

Recent donations include a new glass flagon we use for the wine to be consecrated at Mass, the new front doors of our Religious Education Center, the statue of St. Francis in the All Saints Prayer Garden, and automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs) which we are in the process of purchasing, just to name a few.  I can’t begin to say how grateful we are for such overwhelming generosity.

            We have received many such donations over the years, particularly priest Mass vestments.  These are very thoughtful gifts and are always very welcome.  However, I urge you to contact me directly before purchasing vestments (or any item, for that matter) to be sure it is something we need and will use.  We have so many vestments of the same type and color that we can’t possibly use them all.  Therefore we have donated several sets to Fr. Vincent to send to the church he has been helping to build in his hometown in Uganda.

We have ordered a new set of 2 vestments for Sunday Mass during Lent, one for the priest and one for the deacon.  The priest’s vestment is already memorialized.  If you would like to memorialize the deacon’s, please contact me or our business manager, Deacon Joe Chandler. 

Items we would like to purchase are new collection baskets, and inexpensive black shoes for our altar servers to wear when they serve Mass (an idea borrowed from St. Monica Church in South Philadelphia).  I would also like to construct a shrine to our parish’s patron saint, St. Charles Borromeo, in the Church’s south recess.  If you’re interested in helping defray the cost of these or some other memorial, please be sure to let me know.  God bless you all for your generosity to your parish!




In His Love,

Fr. Mike