NOTE FROM FR. JOHN: Dear Parishioners: I will be away from January 16 to February 2 working on the MV Volendam as chaplain, leaving Ft. Lauderdale for Cartagena, through the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, and San Diego. I am thankful to Fr. Reynolds and the Capuchin Friars for their willingness to offer their services. As you can imagine, the diminishing number of priests presents a unique challenge in finding suitable priests to substitute when needed. The issue will become more acute in the next several years. Fasten your seat belts!
SUNDAY BRUNCH AT THE MAGDALENE: Last Sunday’s brunch was a success! About 60 people attended. Thanks go to Jean Sudol, Linda Hornby, Maureen and John Petry, Ed Sudol, Dorothy Haase and Christina Sarofeen for tremendous help with set up and clean up.
SAVE THE DATE!!: Cardinal Dolan has accepted our invitation to celebrate mass at the Magdalene to honor our 125th Anniversary. The date is Saturday, November 23, at 5:00 p.m., the Solemnity of Christ the King.
CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: Update to Christmas collection as of 1/7/19 is $41,565. Last year’s collection was $56,863.
‘9 DAYS TO LIFE’ CAMPAIGN takes place January 14-22. This is sponsored by the U. S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro Life Activities, which leads up to the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children January 22, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decisions in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. See 9daysforlife.com website for more information.
LONGEST MARRIED COUPLE SEARCH: The search begins for the Longest Married Couple in the Archdiocese of New York! To enter: couples must be sacramentally married for a minimum of 65 years and reside in the Archdiocese of New York. The couples will receive commemorative certificates signed by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan. The winning couple will be interviewed and featured in an article in Catholic New York. Winners are determined by how long the couple has been married as of World Marriage Day, February 10, 2019. For more information, contact Joan Brisson at the Family Life Office at 646-794-3190 or Joan.email@example.com. Deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 1/24/19.