Last Tuesday, May 1, was the official start of the 77th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal. Even before the official beginning we got off to a good start. As of Tuesday the first day of the Appeal —– Holy Redeemer parishioners had donated $____ to this year’s Appeal. Thank you! The Appeal is the one time each year our Church asks us all to support the remarkable charitable agencies and apostolates supported by the Appeal.
These agencies and apostolates are amazingly diverse. Many provide housing for vulnerable populations such as teens who are aging out of the state foster care system, people recovering from substance abuse seeking living quarters where they remain “clean” and female ex-offenders trying to learn to live a new life. They are living in such facilities as the St. Joseph’s Homeless Shelter in Hyannis and St. Clare’s Residence also in Hyannis.
Your donation to the Catholic Charities Appeal helps provide funding for 24-hour Chaplain’s services at Cape Cod Hospital, campus ministry at Cape Cod Community College, and basic needs assistance such as food, heat and utilities for some of our neighbors. 94c of every dollar contributed to the Catholic Charities Appeal goes to meet the needs of those served by the Appeal’s agencies.
Thank you to parishioners of Holy Redeemer Parish who last year generously contributed $54,005 dollars to the CCA. This year we have set our own parish goal to increase our donations by 5%. That is a parish goal is $56,705. We would also like to increase the number of parish household contributing to the 2018 Appeal by at least 5%. If you have never contributed to the Appeal please prayerfully consider doing so this year.
Pledging a gift and spreading payment out over ten months can help make contributors make a larger gift to the CCA possible. A $100 pledge is only $10 per month. A $500 gift is only $50. You can also charge your donation to a credit card and possibly qualify for points on your account. MasterCard, Visa, AMEX and Discover cards are all accepted by the Appeal. Some employers offer matching gifts for their employee or retirees charitable gifts. Maybe you can double your gift.
Registered parishioners should have received a 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal mailing from the parish a couple of weeks ago. Please prayerfully consider making the most generous contribution you can make. If you did not receive a mailing it means that you are not a registered member of Holy Redeemer Church. We would love to have you on our list. In the pews today are extra CCA pledge cards and brochures with information on the good works of the Appeal. Please take one to use to return your 2018 CCA contribution.
Feast of the Ascension this Thursday
Thursday, May 10, is the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. It is the day Catholics commemorate Jesus ascending back to sit at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. It is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics. That means that Catholics are under the same obligation to attend Mass that day as we are on Sunday. Holy Day Mass attendance is unfortunately considerably lower than weekend Masses. The holy day obligation should not just be blown off as if there was no consequence for us. Masses for the Feast of the Ascension will be Wednesday afternoon at 4PM, Thursday at 8AM, 12:05pm and 7pm. With a little bit of planning one of those Masses should be convenient for everyone.
Like Us on FACEBOOK
I know FACEBOOK has been controversial in recent months but face facts it is an important way to communicate in our world today. The parish has established a FACEBOOK page to communicate parish news. So, like us today. If you do you will get a reminder this week that Thursday is Ascension Day and you won’t forget about coming to Mass.
Praying the Novena to the Holy Spirit
Last weekend at Masses we passed out copies of the Novena to the Holy Spirit that we plan to pray each day of the nine days from the Friday after the Ascension until Pentecost Sunday. Every parishioner is asked to faithfully pray the Novena for the intension that the hearts of all parishioners will be opened to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are praying with special fervor as we begin to study and plan for the development of a Parish Vision Statement over the next few months. Gather all your family together young and old and pray together. The Novena will be prayed publicly every morning just before Morning Mass. Next weekend we will ask everyone to pray the Novena after Mass. So, make plans to stay a little longer after Mass next weekend to pray the Novena as a community. If you didn’t get a copy of the Novena last weekend we have copies available at the back of the church.
Mark Your Calendars for the Parish Listening Session
Make plans today to attend our parish listening session on Thursday evening May 31, from 6:30-8:30pm in the church. This listening session is the first step in developing a strategic plan for our parish. The session will follow a format similar to the recent diocesan listening session conducted by Bishop DaCunha at St. Joan of Arc Church on April 18. Marilyn Blanchette who facilitated that session will be here at Holy Redeemer to help carry out the same role for us. I’m looking forward to the participation of all parishioners.
Celebrate May the Month of Mary
May is the month when we as Catholics celebrate Mary the Blessed Mother of our Lord. To celebrate the month a Hymn Fest for Our Lady will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fall River, on Sunday, May 20, at 4pm. Honor the month of May (Mary) with this program of traditional Catholic Hymn in honor of Our Lady. Learn about their history and the tradition behind each song. There is no admission charge.