BAPTISM & TOGETHERNESS
A couple of weeks ago, Fr. Steve’s homily noted that “Liturgy holds us together.”
Indeed! I saw a lot of togetherness at last Sunday’s 10:15 Mass, when our community witnessed the baptism of Isaac Adrian Czaia, son of Zach and Cristina. In addition to our regular 10:15 Mass goers, many of Zach and Cristina’s friends and family members joined us. Baptisms do have a way of bringing people together.
Last weekend, I also attended a Quinceañera (Quince for short) Mass here at St. Matt’s. It was good to meet the many friends and family members who came together for the Mass.
I’ve enjoyed watching this ministry develop here at St. Matt’s. I knew that Quinces are an important rite of passage for young women in Spanish speaking countries. What I didn’t know until a couple of years ago is that there’s an important religious component. Quinces are not just an opportunity for a nice party. They begin with Mass or a Word service. Friends and family gather to support the 15-year-old as she reflects on growing up. The liturgy’s readings, prayers and songs also focus on a young woman’s emerging adulthood.
GIVING THANKS IN NOVEMBER FUNDRAISER
This fall, we’re holding our fourth annual Giving Thanks Fundraiser. Tickets will be sold until late October, and there will be one winner for each day of November.
Last year’s effort raised approximately $14,000 to support security projects here, such as cameras. (Latest camera installation estimate: two months. We’ve talked to multiple vendors over the past several months, and we’re close to signing a contract with our chosen vendor.)
Fundraiser tickets will be available starting this weekend. Look for them at Mass and in the parish office.
Let’s work together to sell tickets, have some fun, and raise funds for this year’s Giving Thanks goals: (1) Door security improvements and (2) Church fans.
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!