For Thursday, December 1, 2016
From Fr. Mark
1) A huge Thank You to Sandy Gibson for her leadership and to everyone who helped make this years combined Holy Apostles/St. Francis Thanksgiving Celebration such a success! It was by all accounts a tremendous time of fellowship and fun, and there was a ton of delicious food! What a great tradition between two great parishes!
2) New Directories are printed and available in the narthex. As we continue to grow, this is one easy way to remember and use people’s names. Thanks to everybody who submitted pictures. We still need a few, so anytime we get them we update our database and include them in the next edition.
3) Christmas Schedule — As last year, we will have two services Christmas Eve — a 5:00PM family-friendly service and a 10:30PM traditional Rite II service preceded by a 30 minutes Carol-Sing. Although we will be done at 11:30PM, this is our annual “Midnight Mass,” which is certainly one of my favorite memories from the old days.
4) This week Gatlinburg, TN was hit by devastating wildfires. A parishioner of ours has children living there, and asks that we join together and help. I will be asking for donations this Sunday and next to send to a local charity in Gatlinburg for use in the relief efforts.