Thanksgiving To All:

Dear Parishioners,

I believe every one of us had great hope and plans for the year 2020. What we have all gone through, witnessed and experienced, and can testify to a fact that the year has been very difficult for everyone. No one expected Covid-19 to last this long, yet here we are, even encountering a second spike.

In spite of the unfavorable conditions and situations one thing remains; that your faith has never faded or withered. I am so grateful to God for His merciful and bounteous protection and guidance for every one of us. In spite of all the losses in finances, God has truly enabled all of you to support the church with donations and payment of your monthly Tithes, Annual Fall Dinner donations to both Saint Patrick and Saint Mary churches, as well as your support for the Food Pantry and the Homebound parishioners. I am particularly pleased and pray God to bless you abundantly for your sacrifices.

On behalf of Bishop Joensen, I also thank you for your splendid cooperation towards Covid-19 protocols in general, and for the guidelines and directives from the regathering team of the diocese. The use and wearing of our masks, the keeping and observances of social distancing in church, as well as hand sanitizing practices are all commendable. It is my prayerful hope that the Lord continues to protect and sustain us all in his peace until it is all over.

Finally I say, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his court with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”  – Psalm 100:4-5

Thank you all once again, and may God bless you all. Happy Thanksgiving celebrations to your families.

– Father Seth

A Prayer for our Veterans

Lord I pray for all veterans. The ones who sacrificed, who served, and did us proud. I pray for the home-grown hero who was on the front lines where fear and fate intersected. I pray for veterans on a military base, veterans who served in a hospital, classroom, or office. I pray for veterans who staffed an embassy, who guarded our leaders.

Holy Spirit, I stand with feet planted firmly on rich soil knowing what freedom is. Because of veterans, I am free to honor God and country without persecution. Where there is injustice, I am free to fight. Where there is silence, I am free to speak. Where there is hate, I am free to love. Amen

Mask Prayer

Creator,
as I prepare to go into the world,
help me to see the sacrament
in the wearing of this cloth –
let it be “an outward sign
of an inward grace” –
a tangible and visible way of living
love for my neighbours,
as I love myself.

Christ,
since my lips will be covered,
uncover my heart,
that people would see my smile
in the crinkles around my eyes.
Since my voice may be muffled,
help me to speak clearly,
not only with my words,
but with my actions.

Holy Spirit,
As the elastic touches my ears,
remind me to listen carefully –
and full of care –
to all those I meet.
May this simple piece of cloth be
shield and banner,
and each breath that it holds,
be filled with your love.

In your Name and
in that love,
I pray.

May it be so.
May it be so.

Labor Day

Bless, O God, all those who labor

Whether they are compensated by

paycheck or pride, let them know

their true worth in your eyes.

May all workers be gifted with a sense

of service to the common good, and

graced with the satisfaction of a job

well done.

Thank you for those who work,

provide protection, comfort, healing,

and relief from suffering and stress.

May all of our labors be for Your

goodness and glory, O God.

Amen

Back to School Blessing

God of knowledge & wisdom, bless all students young and old, as they begin a new school year. Help them discover and develop the gifts you have given. As they grow in knowledge, help them to also grow in kindness and
compassion, learning respect for themselves and others.
We ask your blessing on parents and all those who care for students. Strengthen them to surround our students with encouragement, support and love.
Remind us that wherever we go, you are always with us.
Fill us with they joy of learning so that we may be better equipped to be your servants.
Amen

Knight of Columbus Golf Tournament

Knights of Columbus Annual Golf Tournament is Saturday, August 8th at the Avoca Golf Course.

Due to COVID-19 there will be no steak dinner to follow.

Any cash donations the Knights of Columbus are appreciated.  This is their big fundraiser for the year.

Thank you for your support.

St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus

Welcome Back

As we gather to celebrate Mass as a community of faith, we ask that everyone do
their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please follow these guidelines as a
means of showing charity to our neighbors.
Stay home if you are vulnerable to COVID-19 or live with someone who is
vulnerable. The Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended. For those who do not attend Mass, know that God’s infinite grace and mercy remain abundantly available.
Consider attending Mass at other scheduled times. St. Patrick’s on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., St. Mary’s Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. and Friday morning at 8:30 am.
Everyone ages 5 and up is REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK in church and on
church property. Place it on before leaving your car. It can be removed when
receiving Holy Communion and replaced immediately. If you do not have a mask, there are masks at each entrance of church.
Holy Communion is to be received in the hand only. When coming up for Holy
Communion please stay as a family group six feet away from those in front of you.
Please observe social distancing throughout your time on parish property; before, during and after Mass.
Place your offertory gift in the basket by the door. Thank you for your support.
Use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving church. There is hand sanitizer
available as you come up to Holy Communion.

Welcome Back!!

Welcome Back to St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s Churches

Tuesday Mass – June 9th
6:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s in Walnut
For St. Patrick’s Parishioners

Wednesday Mass – June 10th
9:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s in Avoca
For St. Mary’s Parishioners

Friday Mass – June 12th
6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s in Avoca
For St. Mary’s Parishioners

Please wear a face mask. If you do not have one there will be a mask at church along with hand sanitizer. Social Distancing will be observed. The doors of the church will be open. Please come in and go down the side aisle to a pew. There will be a basket as you come in for your tithes or plate. There will be no ushers.
If there are no spikes in COVID-19 we will be able to move into Phase 2 on June 20/21 and celebrate weekend Masses.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone when you are comfortable returning to Mass. Mass will continue to be on Marne/Elk Horn Channel 14/91 for those not ready or unable to return to Mass.

Blessings, Father Seth