Message to the Parish
September 22, 2021
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Hope:
It’s been a wonderful past seven days in our parish! Last Wednesday, the administration and faculty of our parish school welcomed back our dear students for in-person learning after a hiatus due to an outbreak of the coronavirus. I continue to be grateful to our dedicated faculty who do what is needed to continue our vital mission of Catholic education. We join our prayers to those of our patroness that in-person learning will continue uninterrupted for the remainder of the year.
Then, to add to the joy of the day, Bishop Burbidge celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday evening. He imparted the Holy Spirit to 44 young persons who now are fully initiated into our Catholic Church, and have the capacity to spread and defend our Catholic faith in the public square. The Bishop and I expressed our gratitude to the parents of the confirmandi as well as all those who helped in their formation.
Last Sunday, there was a terrific turn-out for our parish picnic. After more than a year of social distancing brought on by the coronavirus, it was great for us to be able to get together. I welcomed the opportunity to meet many parishioners for the first time. My thanks go to the Knights of Columbus, the Ladies of Hope, the school PTO, and all those who collaborated on this special event.
Last evening, our Religious Education (CCD) program opened the new academic year with the first night of classes. Fourteen new volunteer teachers and aides have joined our veterans to hand on the faith to our dear children. I ask that you keep all of the religious education volunteers, students, and families in your prayers.
As I said at the beginning, it’s been a wonderful week. In these, and so many other ways, it’s clear that we have a wonderful parish community.
Wishing all of you many blessings as we enter Autumn, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,