In today’s Gospel, Jesus promises his disciples that God will continue to dwell with them and with all who love him. He also promises that they will receive the Holy Spirit, who will continue to enlighten them. But he leaves them one more thing – peace. Peace to keep their hearts from being troubled. Peace to protect them from fear. Peace to stay with them forever. On this Memorial Day weekend, let us reflect on the peace that only God can provide.
On May 20th in the Liturgical Calendar, we commemorate St. Bernardine, the patron of our parish. Traditionally we organize an event to celebrate our faith, our friendship and our belonging to this community. This year we couldn’t organize this event because the parish hall was being modernized. A simple “cake and coffee” reception was organized after 10:30 Mass last Sunday. It was very nice. Big thanks to the ladies who arranged this simple event.
Fearon Hall will soon be ready to use, and it gives us an opportunity to gather together and celebrate its re-opening. The party will be held on Saturday, June 29th in the same formula we usually celebrate St. Bernardine Day. Tickets for a Big Cash Raffle are available for purchase after all masses.
Work in the Fearon Hall is going forward. The ceiling looks very good. This week a new floor will be put down. Step by step this project is nearing its end and will be ready to use.
As previously reported, there was a problem with water leaking in and around the girls and boys bathrooms during heavy rains. The challenge was to survey the basement area to find the cause of seepage. We contracted McGann Plumbing for this job. To date, they have power rodded and flushed the drain tile piping, which had become blocked over the years. They also discovered that the outside storm drain basins had become obstructed, and power rodded those as well. The inside and outside storm catch basins were cleaned out, as well as the sump pump in the convent basement. Next up will be to replace some of the storm catch basins on the south side of our property, which we may do in the fall. One good thing about this rainy spring is that it gave us the opportunity to see if all the work on the sewers would stop the rainwater from coming in, and I am happy to report that it has! What a relief to finally fix that problem.
Tomorrow on Memorial Day we will remember in prayer and honor persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. A special mass will be celebrated in the church at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome.
God bless you,