We have entered the Autumn Season. With the changing of the leaves into beautiful colors, we are reminded that time passes swiftly; we should take good advantage of it.
We are also beginning our 75th Anniversary as Saint Edmond Parish. God continues to bless us with good memories, graced ministries and a bright tomorrow. In this Diamond Jubilee, we are appreciative of the past, live in the present and hope for the future...all based in prayer.
The Church focuses, in October, on respecting life because Our Lord asks us to love and respect God foremost and follow through by treating others the way we expect to be treated. Our lives are too short to ignore Christ’s wisdom. Next month, we are reminded of our finiteness and accountability at the end of time. We pray for our dead and should prepare for our own final days.
Saturday, November 1st, is All Saints Day. Falling on a Saturday it is not a Holy Day of obligation this year. The Mass for All Saints is at 8:30 a.m. All are welcomed to rejoice in all the saints who have reached our final goal of glory in heaven.
Sunday, November 2, we celebrate All Souls Day. We will remember all of our beloved dead and all deceased brothers and sisters; specifically praying at the 4:30 p.m. Mass for the deceased of this past year while comforting the loved ones they leave behind. This Bereavement Mass will be followed with refreshments.
That Sunday after the morning Masses, the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Breakfast at our hall. Also, the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Wilmington will be available at our hall to answer questions you may have about preparing for the final journey Home. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss end of life decisions and the Catholic philosophy on death and choices that have to be made. Mark Christian from Catholic Cemeteries, along with Deacon Donald Lydick, will be here to answer questions and give direction for this sensitive time in our lives.
Rev. Joseph J. Piekarski (Pastor)
Sunday Masses at St. Edmond's Rehoboth are:
Saturday, afternoon 4:00
5:30 (continues only to October 25th)
Sunday, morning 7:30
Sustaining Hope for the Future Campaign is underway. Thank you to everyone who received the packet and responded back with an intention. This capital campaign is initiated by the Diocese of Wilmington to build-up the Lay Employee Retirement Program, the Diocesan Priest Retirement, diocesan outreach and finally to assist individual parishes for certain parochial projects.
Some may wonder how the sums asked from individual parishioners came about. The diocesan campaign committee collected the weekly offertory pattern, along with the giving pattern of the Annual Appeal and previous diocesan campaigns, and rendered the sum for each individual household. Each parish had a small, confidential financial team that overlooked the sums to give advice if there were difficulties in any household. Thus, the individual asking sums came about from the diocesan committee and filtered by each parish.
Please give a prayerful consideration to what you can afford and know that every total pledged and collected is appreciated.