Abouna's Message of the Month

Dear brothers and sisters, members and friends of the Holy Family,

The month of August is the last big vacation month before fall and I would like to wish all of our families and friends a joyful vacation and safe travels. During this month, Holy Family will celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, with liturgy on Tuesday, August 6 at 6:00 PM. The second main feast day is the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Liturgy will be Thursday, August 15 at 6:00 PM.

During this summer, despite the many summer activities, our parishioners have maintained their commitment and dedication to the church with the same energy and passion as demonstrated throughout the year. At this time of year, it is even more evident in the support given to our Annual Fall Festival which will be held the second weekend of September.

I and the council would like to ask everyone, whether as an individual or part of a group, to volunteer and get others such as our younger members or those who have never worked it yet, to help at the festival. We need your support and we appreciate it. Let this festival event be not only an occasion but also an annual opportunity for the new generations to integrate more into our parish community and to really get to know each other; to get involved in the community activities, and to learn more about their parents’ culture and traditions. I urge all families to neither disregard nor ignore this opportunity. Let this event be a weekend of joy, fun, love, charity, solidarity, compassion, participation, dedication and faith. It is also one way of Evangelization and mission, where parishioners bring their families and relatives and friends to participate and help.

Let this year’s Annual Fall Festival be a cornerstone at the end of the year-long celebration of the Holy Family Church 100th Anniversary year where community and friends celebrate the legacy and memories of the fathers and mothers and grandparents and ancestors of the community, following the heritage Syriac Aramaic Maronite hymn verse that says: "On your altar O Lord are remembered our departed fathers and brothers and teachers. They will rise again at your right hand on the day when your majestic power appears, our Lord Christ and King" and Syriac Aramaic phonetics are the following: "al madebhokh Mor netdakhroun abohain w ahain w rabonain wanqoomoun men yaminokh byawmo ddonho raboutokh malko Mshiho Halleluia".

I wish you a great and blessed month of August.

Father Emmanuel Nakhle-Ghorr, Pastor

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