When November shows its face on the calendar, I immediately start thinking of all the things that need to be done in the next few months. Not only do we have the Feast Days of All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day but the Holiday Tea, Diocesan Convention, Thanksgiving ending with the Feast of Christ the King and the beginning of Advent. But this year I have to stop and think of all the many blessings that have been bestowed upon me the past few months. I must express from the heart my gratitude and appreciation for all your love and prayers during my surgery and recovery. St. Alban’s was indeed a house of prayer and so many of you not only expressed your love and concern through cards, notes and gifts. Thank you on behalf of myself and my family. Many of you know, this was my first serious surgery that I have had to face. While there was no fear about the surgery, I felt your prayers and knew that God was surrounding me. I hope you will accept my sincere appreciation and gratitude for all your love and prayers.
I would also like to thank Fr. Maneikis, Fr. Horton and Fr. Crary for celebrating the various Eucharists. I thank Deacon Nancy for teaching the Inquirer’s Class, preparing our new members for the Sacrament of Confirmation and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. I thank Fr. Maneikis and Deacon Nancy for being available for pastoral needs. I would also like to express my appreciation to my Staff that helped keep things going day in and out. I greatly appreciate all you have done.
I am assuming that I will be regaining my strength in November. This will also be a time when we try a new time schedule for the week day Eucharists. The first week of November, All Soul’s Day falls on Monday and we will have a Requiem Eucharist at 6:30 pm in the Church. This week we will also restart having a weekday Eucharist on Thursday, November 5th at 8:00 am. The regular schedule following the first week for week day Eucharist will be Tuesday’s at 9:30 am and Thursday’s at 8:00 am in the Chapel. I hope you will plan to join us at these weekday celebrations.
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Holiday Tea and come help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the ministry of the Gift and Bookstore. Also don’t forget to start bringing in items for the Advent Project and join us for Thanksgiving Eucharist on Wednesday, November 25th at 7 pm. I know I have much to give thanks to God for.
Come join us!