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Ryan Peteraf Hired as New Music Director

May 14, 2019

After an almost year long search and some fits and starts Ryan Peteraf was recently hired as Holy Redeemer’s first professional Music Director. Ryan is a native of Selinsgrove, PA and is currently completing his Masters of Sacred Music in Coral Conducting at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While studying at Notre Dame Ryan served an internship and was interim Music Director at Christ the King Parish in South Bend, IN. He also was associated with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir. Ryan will begin his position on July 1, 2019.

It is time to express our appreciation to Stefanie Murray and Josette Goff for their years of service to our parish. Our search for a Music Director was precipitated last year when Stefanie expressed her desire to step away from her position as Choir Director because as a young mother with a fulltime job, she didn’t feel she had the amount of time to devote to the choir. We certainly hope that she will continue to be involved with the choir. We also hope that more parishioners will consider becoming members.

Josette will not be completely stepping away from the music ministry here at Holy Redeemer. She will be helping Ryan with the transition and playing the organ either at Our Lady of Grace Chapel or here at Holy Redeemer this summer.

I would like to express my appreciation to the members of the Search Committee who helped with the process, Josette Goff, Carole Maloof, Bruce Stott, Leslie Gillis and the late Jack Gillis. We will be planning an appreciation reception for Josette and Stefanie in the near future and a welcoming one for Ryan.

“See All the People” 78th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal Underway
The 2019 Catholic Charities Appeal began on May 1st and will continue through June 30th. The CCA is the one time each year the Diocese of Fall River asks all the Catholic faithful to financially support the diocese’s many charitable and social service agencies. Many of these agencies such as St. Joseph’s House in Hyannis, the only full-service homeless shelter on the Cape, St. Clare House in Centerville, a transition home for former female inmates from the Barnstable House of Correction and the Catholic Social Services office in Hyannis are here on Cape Cod.

Last year 220 Holy Redeemer Parishioners donated $51,519.75, to the Appeal. As of Tuesday ---parishioners donated _____ to the 2019 CCA. It would be a great sign of love for the needy if every parish household were to donate to this year’s appeal. Please be generous to this year’s CCA. Consider increasing your donation or plan to give this year if you have not given in the past.

Our Lady of Fall River Prayer Cards Available
Cards with the depiction of Our Lady of Fall River and a prayer for her intercession for the work of strategic planning for the Diocese of Fall River are on the table at the back of the church. You are invited to take one. The image of Our Lady of Fall River was painted by the Russian-American artist Feodor Zakharov in 1943 and presented to then Bishop James E. Cassidy by Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Crane, summer residents of Woods Hole. It hangs today in the Residence of Bishop da Cunha. Please pray the prayer to Our Lady for the work of the various commissions working on the diocesan strategic plan, Rebuilding in Faith and Hope.

Parish Survey
This week registered parishioners received copies of a parish survey developed by the Parish Pastoral Council. We would like every parishioner beyond Confirmation age to fill it out individually. We tried to send the appropriate number of surveys per household but if we were short for your family there are extra copies available at the back of the church. The survey will evaluate several areas of parish life. Please plan on filling the survey out and getting it back to us promptly. The dead line for returns will Sunday June 2. Please use the return envelope and send it to the Parish Office or drop it in the collection basket at Mass. We are looking forward to your responses.

Parish Summer Event
The parish is planning a Summer Fun-raiser for Sunday, August 25, 2019. That is the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the original dedication of Holy Redeemer Church back in 1916. The event will include a cookout, raffle to benefit the work of the Holy Redeemer Woman’s Club, entertainment, games and anything else you can think of that might be fun. We will need lots of help! The Woman’s Club, Knights of Columbus and several parishioners are all onboard. It will be fun to work together as a parish community to make this event a success. Our next planning meeting will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 4:00PM. Come share your gifts and make this a fun event.

Summer Help Needed
As we walk down Main Street, we see quite a few “Help Wanted” sign in store windows. We’ll be needing extra help here in the parish this summer too. If you are a seasonal resident and are a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Altar Server or some other ministry in your home parish we could use your help while you are here at Holy Redeemer. Don’t take the summer off completely. Call the Parish Office (508) 945-0677 so we can tell you what you need to do to help out here at Holy Redeemer. We will also need extra help with collectors and ushers as we expand our Mass schedule. Masses at Our Lady of Grace Chapel will be Saturday Vigil 4:30 PM, Sunday morning at 7:30 & 9:30 AM for July 4th to Labor Day weekends. An additional 12 Noon Mass will be added at Holy Redeemer Church from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend.

Let Your Voice be Heard
The Bishops of Massachusetts recently released a joint statement expressing their strong opposition to two proposed bills that would expand abortion in Massachusetts. Bishop da Cunha has asked that it be shared with parishioners to help call attention to the extreme provisions of this legislation and the radical consequences that would follow their passage into law. In their statement, the Bishops of Massachusetts “call on our elected officials to carefully consider the consequences that the bill would bring…” and they urge all people of good will, regardless of what faith they practice, to vigorously oppose these extreme measures.” Bishop da Cunha is appealing to all members of the Diocese to contact their state legislators. The Massachusetts Catholic Conference has resources on its website at www.macatholic.org see (Let Your Voice be Heard) to help do this. It is imperative that our voices be heard to stop this legislation!

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