Pastor’s Message April 2nd, 2017

This weekend’s 2nd collection is for the Ferrer Fund of our parish. Many of you saw the video last week featuring our school children and the many wonderful hours of service they spend in order to build up the Body of Christ in our midst. They stand head-and-shoulders over the students from other schools in their preparation for entering a darkened world that has need of little bright lights. Such an outstanding Catholic education that they receive in our school wouldn’t be possible without your continued generosity to our annual Ferrer Fund. Among other projects, it assists us in paying teachers salaries and maintaining the buildings and equipment that are necessary for keeping our operations up to par. It enables our students to have up-to-date materials in order to meet the challenges that the world will present to them. Thank you for your participation in supporting our annual Ferrer Fund.

We were honored to have our bishop, the Most Rev. Gerald M. Barbarito, to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation this past Friday to 37 young men and women of the ninth grade. Now we can consider them fully initiated into the faith and life of the Catholic Church. We congratulate them and pray that their practice of the faith will grow stronger with their weekly (not weakly) participation in Mass and frequent reception of Our Lord’s Body and Blood in Holy Communion. May their parents and sponsors help to guide them on the path to God by giving good example of a lively Catholic-Christian faith.

A pall of deep sadness has come over our parish this past week with the sudden, unexpected passing of Wanda Skinner, the wife of Deacon Rusty Skinner and the mother of Wendy, Amy and Cindy.  She was a superb example of a good and faithful wife and mother, and was a steady volunteer in so many of our parish activities. We extend our deepest sympathy to Deacon Rusty and his family at this time, and pray for the repose of Wanda’s soul.

Steve Dudenhoefer, lay-missionary from the jungles of Guatemala, is speaking at all Masses this weekend, giving us an update on the progress being made at the Father Tom Moran School and its students. He also will be making an appeal to us once again to help continue providing food for the nearly 500 students who board there, and who otherwise would not be able to have a decent education and a real chance at bettering themselves in their own country. The supportive collection will be taken up as the second collection next weekend (Palm Sunday).

 Congratulations to parishioner Catherine A. Murphy who celebrates her 99th     birthday next weekend! “Sis” has been a steady and generous supporter of this parish for many years. May we join her again next year for the big 100!

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of the holiest week of the Church year. Many visitors will be here to attend Mass and get their blessed palms, so don’t forget to get to church a little earlier in order to find sufficient parking and seating.

Our Lenten Penance Service will be this Monday, April 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. There will be 10 priests available to hear confessions during that time. Not only is it a timely way to prepare for a worthy celebration of Holy Week and Easter, but an excellent opportunity to confess the serious sins that alienate us from our God, e.g., failing to keep holy the Lord’s Day by our weekly attendance at Mass, unworthy reception of Holy Communion, extra-marital relationships of a sexual nature, participating in the procuring of an abortion, etc. Now is the time to let Our Lord lift those burdensome weights off our shoulders and consciences, and to restore us to the loving and total forgiveness of our merciful God.

Congratulations to Julie Ott, her entire Festival Committee and the numerous volunteers who made this year’s Annual Parish Festival a great success. Our final tally maintained the same level of net proceeds as last year, despite having to bear several thousand dollars of additional expense driven by new regulations from the City of Delray Beach. One thing we’ve learned this year: Volunteers sure do make a difference!