More Faith based Olympic coverage... Our favorite kind! :)
You can read this article from uCatholic here
Another story surfacing of an Olympian with a strong Catholic faith! Catholic News USA recently published a great write up on Gymnast Simone Biles (who took a gold medal this year) and her Catholic faith. You can read the article here.
This past week we began renovation in the old Covent Chapel. If you have never been in the chapel before, the walls were covered with heavy brocaded, flocked, velvet, avocado-green wallpaper. (Have you even heard of so many adjectives to describe wallpaper!) When we started to take it down, we discovered a note in pencil on the wall by the installers that it was hung in 1976 and no doubt, at that time, it was all the rage! But as we pulled down the dark wallpaper, lo and behold, we found the most beautiful pastel blues and greens painted on the walls. And when we took it down around the tabernacle, there behind the wallpaper was a lovely stenciled decorative arch. As we renovate, we will try to incorporate that arch into the new design and also go with a much lighter color scheme. What I am also thinking of doing is using the original altar, baptismal font and bell from the old Saint Lucy Mission in Waltonville. By providence, these items have been
returned to us over the years! What a wonderful way for us to get ready for our 100th anniversary in 2020 by reverencing the past as we look toward the future.
Announcement From The Office Of The Bishop:
The scandal of sexual abuse in the Church has been painful. What we know now is that sexual abuse impacts every aspect of society and every profession. Some of you may have been impacted personally by this crime; we pray that the light of Christ will aid in your healing.
If anyone in this Parish has been or is being hurt by the sexual misconduct of any priest, deacon, religious brother or sister, seminarian, employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church, the Diocese of Harrisburg would like to know about such abuse, so that we can help the victim in his or her healing process and, if necessary, remove the offender from all public ministry.
To make such a report, the person should call the toll-free Pennsylvania Childline at 1-800-932-0313. To contact the Diocese for assistance in healing, the person should also call the Diocesan toll-free Hotline at 1-800-626-1608 or email ReportAbuse@hbgdiocese.org.
The Diocese of Harrisburg pledges zero tolerance for any abuse in ministry or employment no matter how long ago such abuse may have occurred.
Any questions or requests for more information may be addressed by email to: YouthProtection@hbgdiocese.org.
Thank you for your kind attention to this matter, and may God continue to bless all of us as we strive to keep our children, youth and most vulnerable adults protected.
Bishop Ronald W. Gainer
Holy Day of Obligation: Monday, August 15th
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
6:45am, 9:00am, 7:00pm
HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR REP?! It is less than one month until classes begin! No Registrations will be accepted on the first day of classes (Sept. 11 & 14) so be sure to register immediately to avoid your child missing any class time. Forms are available in the back of church and online here
This past week we celebrated some important feasts in the liturgical life of the Church. Monday was the Feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguouri. He was the founder of the Redemptorists Fathers and was very influential in our understanding of moral theology. He emphasized that in the spiritual life we should neither fall into rigidity nor laxity. We are called to have balance in our lives by having a healthy discipline yet recognizing the unconditional love and mercy of God.
This past Thursday, August 4, the Church celebrated the Feast of Saint John Vianney. He is the patron saint of parish priests. Through many long years toiling in the small village of Ars, France, he was able to bring people to the Lord by his faithfulness to the Sacraments (he would spend as many as 18 hours at a time in the confessional) and through the simplicity of his preaching and lifestyle. August 6th is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
According to an old tradition the transfiguration took place 40 days before the passion of Jesus. That is why we always have the story of the transfiguration of Jesus on the Second Sunday of Lent, roughly 40 days before Good Friday. Why August 6th? On September 14th , we celebrate the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross, 40 days after the Feast of the Transfiguration. The rich legacy of the Church’s liturgical life brings us round and round to the beauty of our Catholic Faith! Cherish it!
Our parish community welcomes these newly baptized children of God:
David Pinto Florez
Amen Kapani Paris
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