Fr. Mike Esswein, Pastor


Fr. Mike's Bulletin Message from October 22, 2017 

 

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank all of our 8th graders and their sponsors and families for joining us at our 10AM Mass this Sunday for their Enrollment into the Confirmation process. They will celebrate their Confirmation in May.

 

Thanks to all of you “Young Families” who came, in particular, for Donut Hole Sunday. We are always glad you are here with your little ones for Mass and we appreciate the extra effort that you make in order to be here as a family.

 

Thanks to our Men’s Club for hosting our annual Trivia Night last Saturday. It was a great time with lots of great questions asked, and many great answers given….with some of those answers actually being correct! Thanks to all those who provided the items for the silent auction, and thanks to our middle school students who volunteered as ‘the runners’ picking up the answer sheets from each of the tables and delivering them to the judges for the 10 rounds of trivia. If you missed being there last Saturday, look forward to joining us next year for another 100 trivial questions that are sure to be asked!

Next Sunday at 10 AM Mass we will bless our Parish Council members. In September the Council began its new year with four new members, for a total of 12 Parish Council members. If you attend this Mass you will be able to see and meet those who generously serve our parish in this leadership role.

 

Last week was the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun when our Blessed Mother appeared for her sixth and final apparition to the three shepherd children in Fatima. At that apparition Mary revealed herself as Our Lady of the Rosary and encouraged the children, and our world, to find refuge in her Immaculate Heart by praying the rosary for peace in the world and forgiveness of our sins. The events that took place in Fatima, as well as the defensive victory won in October of 1571 by Christian Europe through the intercession of our Lady of the Rosary, are reasons why October is designated as a month of Mary. May has been given this distinction, too. If you are not that familiar with the story of our Lady of Fatima, or the Battle of Lepanto, you may find it of interest to read more about them.   Not only are these stories intriguing, but also they may gain us more appreciation for the power of our Mother Mary’s intercessory prayer, in particular, through us praying the rosary.

If you like short YouTube videos (and are up to typing out the letters you see below) here are two links to videos on these two events that I shared with our Middle School students.

 

https://youtu.be/kaWsTEmHmTQ

 

https://youtu.be/T-uDcSft9ZY

 

Our Lady of Fatima: Pray for us!                        

 

Have a blessed week.

 

Father Mike                                                            

                                                            

      

To contact me please call 314-962-5955 ext. 128 or email frmikeesswein@goannunciation.com