Well, I hope you can forgive the brief pause these last few days. Things have been quite busy in this mid-July time frame. And, it has been too hot even to blog! Today, following a burial service at Mount Calvary Cemetery the thermometer on my car registered the outside air temperature at 111 degrees! The TV meteorologists said that the high in NYC today was 106 and 108 in Newark with a “heat index” of 114 degrees. Really, the best thing to do is stay inside. So, that is exactly what I am doing now, hence, a time to catch up!
Earlier today I had a meeting with our Coordinator of Religious Education. We looked over the calendar for the upcoming year and clarified some questions. I want to tell all of the people of Saint Anthony’s Parish, but especially the children and families of our Religious Education Program – YOU ARE IN FOR A GREAT YEAR! I hope you will return in September excited and ready to become energized in your faith. I am quite sure that is exactly what is going to happen. I was excited today while I listened to Mrs. Jacksen describe some of the projects she wants to involve our young people in. And, she will be consulting and working very closely with our catechists, as well, to seek the input of these most dedicated and generous parishioners who are each so important to our Religious Education Program.
As you have heard, we will be holding our semi-annual Blood Drive here at Saint Anthony’s on Sunday August 21st in the Lower Church Hall. Sign-up sheets will be available in the lobby of the Church after all Masses on the weekend of August 13 and 14. In order to be a blood donor you must be between the ages of 17 and 75, in good health and bring with you identification. On a personal note, I give blood at least twice a year. Giving blood is a wonderful way to help save lives because that is exactly what it does. Please consider giving blood this year in our blood drive here at Saint Anthony’s on August 21st. The life you save may be your own!
And, on Saturday August 6th our parish will, once again, have a “Midnight Run” to New York City to feed and clothe the poor of the city. I extend thanks to all who help make this fantastic project possible. Special thanks to Ralph DiDonato who donates so much time and energy as well as the transportation to make the Midnight Run happen. So many others help in the planning and in the distribution of the food and clothing and to all we are deeply indebted. Jesus said, “whenever you did it to the least of these, my brothers, you did it to me!” Thank you for this great outreach of our parish which helps put Jesus’ words into action!
These are just a few of the items of interest happening around the parish. If you are traveling, have a pleasant and restful vacation! If you are home, stay cool. God bless you all!