This weekend is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary time as well as the last week of July. If all goes according to plan, the construction on the front of the Church will begin a week from this Monday on the 7th of August. During the construction, the front entranceway will be demolished and replaced. So, because of the noise, the daily Mass will be downstairs in the hall and the daily Mass congregation will need to enter from the Half Mile side of the parking lot.
Since the project will take two weeks to complete, weather permitting, a temporary entrance will be available from the East Rocks side for the weekend of August 12th and 13th. If any funerals come in we may have to do them at St Philip while the jack hammering is in progress. Keeping this in mind, we will be flexible. It will be worth the wait!
Once you see the “honor way” of memorial bricks I think those of you who did not purchase a brick will want to do so. There are provisions to allow for new bricks and so we will probably be taking reservations once everyone sees this first stage.
It is hard to believe that July is over. In September, we will begin something new: Children will be invited to take part in a special Liturgy of the Word in the Church hall during the 9:15 Sunday Mass; adding a special Sunday Mass once a month for teens, parents, and the Total team; “Contemplative Mass” once a month at the 6pm Mass and as well as other things. I look forward to the Fall, and hope you do as well.
I’m happy to report last Sunday night 6pm Mass had attendance of about 120 and I’m hoping this is a sign that it’s making a comeback!