A Message from Father Bob
June 25, 2017
Our Parish Feast Day is this week on Thursday, June 29. In addition to the morning Mass, there will be an evening Mass at 7:00 p.m. Our celebrant and homilist will be Fr. Paul Grunebach, a much loved and remembered priest who served here under Msgr. Schultz. Following Mass, there will be a reception in the cafeteria. This is always a great event. I hope you can come to see old friends and meet new ones.
Congratulations to the newly ordained priests of our diocese. We may boast that one of them is from Beaver County.
Father Benjamin Baer celebrates his first Mass this afternoon at St. Monica.
It takes a while to empty and count all the Mite Boxes from the Lenten sacrifices. (What a nice problem to have.) This year the total is up. It is $ 1,417.00 . As we’ve done in the past, the money will stay local. Divided into thirds, the money will go to three local charities: 1) St. Blaise in Midland does a monthly free meal for people in their community. 2) The Salvation Army Headquarters in Beaver Falls is the major food panty in Beaver County. 3) Our own St. Vincent de Paul Society has increased demands every week. Not every parish can support this work as more requests are coming in from other local towns.
Parents and grandparents, please don’t forget Vacation Bible School is coming up the week of July 17-20. Really, our parishioners present one of the best I’ve ever seen. Registration forms are available at the Rectory.
June 18, 2017
Happy Father’s Day, Gentlemen! The Parish Staff, Fr. Byrnes and I wish you all a wonderful day. May God bless each of you with a powerful awareness of how crucial your example of being a man of faith is to your family and to all those in the circle of your life.
This Sunday, following Trinity Sunday, is the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ also known by its Latin name, Corpus Christi. In many parts of the world, there are festivities and processions. We’re having Eucharistic Adoration following the 12:30 p.m. Mass until Benediction at 4:00 p.m. (Change of time is to allow folks to be together for Father’s Day meals.)
Please don’t forget, we are in need of volunteers for Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Moms, Dads and teenagers with child care experience. Call the Rectory if interested.
All the responses and reactions to the latest “On Mission” proposal have been sent to the Diocese. I must say that I was surprised by the degree of anger in a few. Generally, the comments were what I expected. Folks seem willing to accept the inevitable and to move forward as best we can. Change is never easy, let alone change of this proportion. It is vital, therefore, that we continue to pray. Pray for our own acceptance and openness and, please, start to pray (if you haven’t started already) for the other Parishes. Praying for one another is a powerful, heart-softening tool.
A NOTE FROM FR. BOB REGARDING MASS INTENTIONS:
There are a few points that I need to clarify concerning Mass intentions. When someone dies, one of our Catholic traditions is the requesting of a Mass to be oﬀered for their soul. Those requests are reserved in a book and are used as openings occur. Some names are more book-logged than others because more Masses were requested.
Some folks have very specific requests for dates, days of the week and times for those Masses. That’s ﬁne. We try to honor those, but please understand that it makes it a little more diﬃcult to have those Masses scheduled.
The typical offering for a Mass is $10.00. If someone requests a speciﬁc Mass time and date, especially over the phone, please honor the $10.00 stipend. Those stipends are an extra part to a priest’s salary.
We are getting less requests for Masses. Therefore, to ﬁll the weekly spaces for Mass intentions, you are going to notice that some names will appear more often. This is not special preferment. It’s just that these people have more back-logged Masses and we can use these to fill empty slots.
We ask folks to try to keep to three Sunday intentions and one monthly weekday intention a year. Every Sunday there is to be a Mass for all the people of the Parish.
A PRAYER FOR FAMILIES BY POPE FRANCIS
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families, too, may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel, and small domestic Churches. Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection, and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
In a world which daily discards tons of food and medicine, there are children, hungry and suffering from easily curable diseases, who cry out in vain. In an age which insists on the protection of minors, there is a flourishing trade in weapons which end up in the hands of child soldiers; there is a ready market for goods produced by the slave labor of small children. Their cry is stifled: the cry of these children is stifled! They must fight, they must work, they cannot cry! But their mothers cry for them, as modern-day Rachel’s: they weep for their children, and they refuse to be consoled (cf. Mt 2:18).
WHY HAVE A WILL?
Every adult has the right to decide how his or her assets should be distributed at death. Regardless of how much you might own, it is your right and responsibility to determine how your remaining assets should be distributed.
Without a will, the intestacy statutes of the state of your residence at the time of your death will determine how your assets are distributed.
A will is a legal document that instructs:
How your assets should be distributed among your spouse and other loved ones at your death;
Who will care for your minor children in your absence;
Who will safeguard your property and oversee the distribution of your assets;
Distribution of charitable gifts to Saints Peter and Paul Parish, providing a witness to your loved ones about the importance of your faith and the church in your life.
A will should always be prepared by an attorney licensed in the state of your residence. Your attorney will need to be familiar with your financial circumstances, family situation and your wishes. Your attorney may wish to work closely with your financial advisor or tax preparer. Advice from an attorney and other professional advisors should be sought when considering any form of charitable giving so as to maximize the value of the gift and minimize tax consequences to your estate.
Stephanie Thomas Kramer