Thanks to all who made the evening of our Patronal Feast and Confirmation with Bishop Rhoades such a wonderful celebration.  Much more than enough food, thanks to our Rosary Sodality, everyone was able to take food home, which they seem to very much appreciate

Thanks to Heather and teachers for all their preparation of students; Bishop was very complimentary, especially of how organized everything is with Heather in the wings. Music too, Bishop so much appreciated its beauty, reverential selections so appropriate to the Feast as well as the Sacrament being celebrated. 

And, as Bishop remarked to the students and parents, the first church is the home and the degree to which the best preparation will take place will be in the home and provided by the example of the parents.  The family that prays together stays together and that extends to the parish family too, but begins at home.

Sacred Heart/St. Jude Parish Mission begins this Sunday evening and continues Monday and Tuesday. Fr. Neil Wack (brother of Bishop Bill Wack and nephew of Joanne Gans) will be our speaker. Fr. Neil is currently the Director of Vocations for the U. S. Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross and was recently the pastor of his home parish, Christ the King in South Bend. Please make time in your busy schedules the next three nights to attend the Mission. We all need a little “Catholic ER!” Fr. John
                    
- Fr. John
St. Jude Usher’s Room/Communication Room: Some may notice that (in the next couple of weeks) there will be some new cabinets in the Usher’s room.  Did we spend money we don’t have, some may ask?  Nope!  We are finally using what remained of the kitchen cabinets from the old rectory kitchen, thanks to the efforts of Bob Swick & Joe Molnar, and any others they may have asked to help them in this endeavor. 

The cabinets were not that old when the new rectory was built, so some were repurposed into the lower level of the new rectory, a few in the garage, and now the balance being used in this room that serves the church and school.  As they used to say, “waste not, want not.” They were good cabinets that looked very nice and they have not gone by the wayside. Just wanted people to know.

Thanks to the crew of great guys who are on Bob’s team doing this work!

Sacred Heart/St. Jude: Between Fran (who does scheduling) and I, we are making a concerted effort to make sure I make it to Sacred Heart at least every four weeks (exceptions, plus or minus, as necessary) which means I will try to be there the first weekend of each month, and Fr. Julius at St. Jude.  I wish I could bi-locate as I very much enjoy being at Sacred Heart every bit as much as I do St. Jude.  Both are filled with great people who are fun to visit with before and after Mass, or just to see on a weekly basis.  Lots of warm, friendly, and kind people; true of every parish I’ve ever served!

Sacred Heart/St. Jude: It is after the Baptism of Our Lord (this weekend) that all the lovely Christmas decorations come down and we return to Ordinary Time until Lent is upon us—which will come soon enough.  This is a good time to say “thanks” to those responsible for the Christmas decorations at both churches.  We are blessed to have enjoyed true professionals when it comes to church decor, regardless of the season.  Each year has its little differences, and it is always a joy to see it on Christmas Eve and after.

Birthdays:  Since so close to the weekend, if you see Fran, her birthday was Thursday, and Abraham’s is Saturday!  Abe laughed and said he “is now old enough to rent a car without an extra fee!”  [I’m thinking to myself that I am getting close to being old enough that they won’t even rent a car to me when in EU!  I think they stop at 75.  I’ll be 70 this year!  Yikes!].