Last Letter From Bulletin – January 20, 2019

FIRST RECONCILIATION – Last Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 105 students from St. Celestine School and the Religious Ed Program received First Reconciliation. This is their first time seeking God’s love and mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and I hope they will come again as many times as they need it, to continue to experience God’s forgiveness in their own lives. Last November, ten students from the Religious Ed Program at St. Cyprian received their First Reconciliation as well. I would like to thank Ruthanne Swiatkowski, our Director of Religious Education, Mary Morvay and the teachers who have taught and prepared our students. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for First Communion in May.

Parents, I would like to highly encourage you to bring your children to Mass every Sunday in order for them to understand and participate more fully in the Eucharist. I think there is no point letting your children receive Communion if they don’t know what is going on at the Eucharist and whom they are receiving. Parents are the first educators of children; as Pope Francis says: “Do not forget that the greatest inheritance that you can give your children is FAITH.”

FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH CASH RAFFLE – 1st prize is $2000, 2nd Prize is $750 and 3rd prize is $250.

The Parish Cash Raffle Fundraiser has begun. The winning tickets will be drawn on Sunday, March 17, at the Italian Catholic Federation’s St. Joseph’s Table, which begins at 12 Noon that day in the gym of St. Celestine Church. You will be missed if you won’t be able to attend, but don’t worry – the winner need not be present. The profit from this raffle has become an important part of our yearly budget.

Since it is very important that our registered parish families help with the financial support of our parish, every registered family is being asked to buy at least one raffle ticket. Please take one book of 5 tickets; each ticket is $25 or 5 for $100. If you cannot afford to buy a ticket yourself, consider selling to family, friends, coworkers or splitting the cost with someone. We have had parishioners, religious ed families, school families, and friends of the parish win in the past. It might be your turn this year!

Please return money and ticket stubs to church or the Pastoral Center by 12 Noon on Sunday, March 17, 2019. You can bring your tickets and payment with you to Sunday Mass and put them in the collection basket, drop them at the Pastoral Center at St. Celestine, the Rectory at St. Cyprian, or the school office.

Additional tickets will be available to buy in the back of church before and after the Masses on February 16 and 17, March 9 and 10, and March 16 and 17. Tickets can also be purchased at the Pastoral Center and Rectory.

I appreciate anything you can do to sell these tickets. May God bless you, your family, and our parish!

Thank you,
Father Paul Cao
Pastor of St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish