Tonight we had music in the chapel for the first time and it was great! Our trusty Clavinova doesn't take up too much physical space and sounds perfect without extra amplification.
What better way to inaugurate sacred music in the chapel than on a feast of Mary.
We also blessed some boxwood basil, rosemary and marigolds in honor of the Virgin Mary. There is also a tradition of blessing the sea and collecting some of its water for blessing the home or swimming in the blessed waters.
Tomorrow's mass is at 9 AM in the chapel. The solemnity is a holy day of obligation.
Our altar server supervisors Mrs. Kabash and Ms. Symington are in the process of training new altar servers for our weekend masses.
There is always room for more young boys and girls to serve the Lord by assisting at the Mass. Boys and girls 3rd grade and older are eligible to serve. We are fortunate to have several young men in high school who elect to serve mass during their high school years. These servers wear a cassock and surplice at mass.
Consider learning the Latin mass too, we need servers for our Sunday 7 PM Latin mass.
The summer mass schedule seemed to work out pretty well this weekend. The swing to earlier masses during the summer was in evidence at the 8 AM and even the "new" 9 AM was fairly well attended for its first time.
Sorry for the small procession of people looking for the cancelled 12 noon mass – it's always difficult to get the word out. Please help spread the news that we have adopted our summer mass schedule a bit earlier this year.
Pentecost Sunday has been a traditional time at Holy Cross for encouraging parish volunteerism of all kinds. If you missed the sign-up sheets this weekend, please call the Parish Office for more information.
Before summer begins and vacation season is upon us, the orientation sessions for our new volunteers will be scheduled. There will be training sessions for Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers and ushers.
Our Religious Education program is also in need of adult catechists. It is crucial that our children are not only taught the deposit of faith, but are taught by parishioners who live their faith. Please consider passing on the faith in this vital ministry. All kinds of support and assistance is available for those who have never taught before.
We ask adult volunteers to choose one liturgical ministry in which to serve, i.e. a Reader or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. High school students may serve as either Readers or Altar Servers.
We encourage boys who are already Altar Servers and those who are not, to consider learning the Latin Mass. Our Sunday evening Latin Mass will continue over the summer.
Our web-based ministry scheduler has been updated with new features which make it even easier for volunteers to re-arrange their schedule preferences, list vacation times or other weeks when they will not be available, obtain substitutes, even check and download the readings. We intend of taking full advantage of its capabilities for the convenience of our volunteers.
Thank you to everyone for serving the Lord through serving His people.
May the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist bring life and strength to our First Holy Communicants who received Eucharist this Saturday in our gymatorium which was beautifully decorated, and overflowing with people.
We thank their parents, teachers, grandparents and the parish staff for praying with our new communicants and especially Sallie Kabash and Barbara Mattone for their diligent attentiveness to their sacramental preparation and the beauty of the liturgy.
It was wonderful to celebrate mass this morning with a class of our second graders, all of whom may now receive Eucharist. Their excitement is our excitement.