Abouna's Message of the Month

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

I can proudly say again that the Holy Family parish is an exceptionally blessed community because of the so many dedicated and committed members and friends who always show their continuous support and dedication to its mission and service. This fall marks the beginning of my sixth year of pastoral service in the parish.

At the end of the Holy Family hundredth year anniversary, I and a group of 33 parishioners participated in a 9-day pilgrimage/sightseeing trip to Lebanon. The group stayed in a beautiful hotel along the Mediterranean in a central area of the Bay of Jounieh. The group visited the religious shrines of the Maronite Saints and historical sites dating back to 7,000 BC. In addition, many of them visited their towns of origin. They had a first-hand experience of enjoying the grandeur of Lebanon and Lebanese hospitality every day. I thank the group for their trust and determination. Their cooperation made the trip successful. I would also like to thank the people here at home who were so instrumental in organizing and coordinating the trip details. You all did a wonderful job and made this event successful.

On October 30, Carolyn & Gary once again hosted a fun-filled, successful Halloween party for the youngest members of our parish. The kids had a great time and the hall was filled with laughter and giggles from all in attendance. Thank you, Carolyn & Gary and all of your helpers.

The month of November starts with two major feasts that mark the beginning of the new Liturgical year which also welcomes the Advent Season from November until Christmas. The first is the Feast of All Saints on Friday November 1. Liturgy will be held Thursday, October 31 at 6:00 PM in the evening. The second event is All Souls Day on Saturday, November 2. Liturgy will be held 4:00 PM in the afternoon as usual.

On November 2, Catholic Cemeteries open their doors and gates, and Christians make their annual visits to the tombs of their departed beloved ones, placing flowers, roses and candles on their memorial stones, and offering prayers for the repose of their souls.

The Holy Family Church Annual Dinner will be held this year Sunday November 3rd. This is an opportunity for all parishioners to show support and participation in volunteering or attending. Your support and generosity is highly appreciated.

The parish remembers her departed family members around the year by offering masses that are celebrated on the church altar on daily basis. Masses are celebrated in the weekdays from Wednesday to Friday at 9:00 AM as well as during the weekend liturgies. The list of masses is printed in the monthly bulletin, which is also posted on the church’s website. If you are not receiving the bulletin and would like to, please check with the church office.

Thank you to all of our donors. Your good work is making a difference in the community. It is making a difference in the spirituality of the parish through a variety of programs. It supports the church in all of its needs.

May God bless your work and after a long life, may our Lord Jesus bless you and tell you these beautiful words of salvation and reward: "Come you, the Blessed ones of my Father and inherit the eternal Kingdom of Heaven prepared for the chosen ones before all ages" (Matthew 25, 32).

Finally, I would like to remind you of the craft & bake sale we will be hosting, the breakfast that same weekend sponsored by the Solberg family. We thank you for supporting these fundraisers and we thank the sponsors and participants.

We thank the church office team and the website maker for their constant efforts to transmit all church information in bulletin and website. On behalf of all the community of the church, we wish you a blessed month of November thanking the Lord for all his gifts and graces that He always bestows upon us

Father Emmanuel Nakhle-Ghorr, Pastor

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