Notes from Our Pastor

Our Pastor, Father John Brennell with his loyal companion Malcolm.

Sunday August 20

Dear Parishioners:
Here are some upcoming maintenance projects and improvements that will soon be
happening at the parish.

We will be sealing and restriping the entire parking lot. This will of course present some
logistical issues, so we will let you know how we will handle parking for daily Mass and
funerals when we have the dates when the work will take place.

We will also be doing some landscaping and cosmetic work on the area surrounding the
marquee in front of church. This work will include removing the concrete pads
and replacing some of the concrete borders that have fallen into disrepair.

We know that we have some issues in the Parish Center with drainage and have
concerns about the water damage that may have affected the building and its
systems. Because of your great generosity to the "Beyond Sunday" campaign, we will
be having a complete survey of the Parish Center so we can use those funds to address
any issues that are identified.

And last, but not least, we are investigating some ways of redesigning the Ambo (or
Pulpit) so that it might be easier for all lectors to use. An anonymous donor had
approached me and is willing to help with the funding of this project if we can make it
more accessible.

I will try to keep you updated on all these projects!

Thank you for your great generosity that allows us to undertake these projects!

Blessings on a new week!
Fr. John

P.S. I will be out of town from Wednesday, August 23rd, until Sunday afternoon August
Fr. Don and the Deacons Tom will be holding down the fort.

Sunday August 13

Dear Parishioners:
"Are there any among you who are sick? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the
priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will
save the sick person . . . ." James 5:14

These words taken from the letter of St. James are part of the Rite of the Anointing of the Sick. The
sacrament reminds us that Jesus wishes to be present with us in times of illness and discouragement. Each First Saturday of the month following the 8:00am mass we offer the Sacrament for those who are asking for God's healing of body and spirit. Also, if you are ill or going to have surgery or a medical procedure, we'd be happy to arrange a time to pray with you and celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. We can find time after the Sunday mass you are attending or plan a time at your home or the rectory.

I also invite you to let us know if a loved one from the parish is in the hospital. We will make an attempt to visit, pray with them and celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. As you probably know, privacy laws often keep hospitals from informing us that a parishioner is in the hospital. You can email, call or leave a message at the office and we will try to visit.

I began with a quote from the letter of James from the beginning of Rite of Anointing. I end with a
closing prayer from that Rite that we can pray for all the sick.

Father in heaven,
through this holy anointing
grant our brother and sisters comfort in their suffering.
When they are afraid, give them courage,
when afflicted, give them patience,
when dejected afford them hope
and when alone, assure them of the support
of your holy people.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen    

Blessings on a new week!                                                                                                                    Fr. John                                                                                                                                            1406

Sunday August 6

Dear parishioners:
You may have noticed over the last few weeks that our Rock Hill Road sign has been inviting those
interested in the Catholic Faith to give us a call.

Hopefully we will soon be forming another Inquirer's Group. This group is for those who might be
interested in learning more about Jesus Christ, our Christian faith and our rich Catholic tradition. It is for
those who have never been baptized, for those who have been baptized in a different faith tradition that
have an interest in the Catholic Faith, and for those baptized as Catholics, but have not received
Eucharist or been Confirmed.

So how can you help those who are looking for a relationship with Jesus, a church, a spiritual home?
Evangelize! Be welcoming to all who enter our doors on any given Sunday. You never know who has
shown up as a guest looking for a place to call home. Be even more enthusiastic in praying and singing!
There is nothing more attractive to someone who is searching for a home than to find one that is joyful
and filled with the love of God. Pray for those searching. Pray that God blesses us with inquirers. Invite
someone who you know is searching.
If you wish, send me the name and address of someone who might be searching and I will be happy to write him/her a note inviting them to join us.

Sr. Pat Kofron will be happy to assist anyone who is looking for information about our Inquirer group!     Pray that we attract people looking to deepen their relationship with Jesus and find a home here at Seven Holy Founders Parish.

Another Faith formation note: the start of our Parish School of Religion year is quickly approaching. If you
have not been able to register yet, please do so as quickly as possible.

Blessings on a new week!

In Christ,
Fr. John



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