An Update From Fr. Larry – 5/20/2022

Please join us in Shepherds Hall after the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, May 22 as we bid farewell to Cheryl Jablow and thank her for her thousands of hours of volunteer work coordinating, and working tirelessly alongside, the volunteers who help clean and decorate HNJ Church.Light refreshments will be available.

Next Thursday, May 26, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, also known as “Ascension Thursday”. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. We will observe the Solemnity with Masses in HNJ Church on Thursday at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Please note: we will not have a Vigil Mass on Wednesday.

It’s time for this year’s June Jackpot! This major, annual raffle is organized by HNJ’s hard-working Parish Fundraising Committee — the same volunteers who run other popular fundraising events including Radio Bingo, and appearances by live, local bands. A Jackpot Calendar with a tear-off “Entry Form” (Raffle Ticket) was recently mailed to just about everybody in the parish. There are additional copies in the Rectory, in the back of the Church, and you can print them from our Parish Web site. The cash prizes, totaling $7,500, range from $100 to $1,000, and you have 30 chances to win for each entry you submit. Daily drawings start June 1 and end June 30. If you win on one day, your Entry Form will be returned to the drum so that you have opportunities to win again. After the prizes are awarded, all proceeds will be used by HNJ Parish to pay for major repairs. Completed Entry Forms, and the Entry Fee of $50 per form, should be mailed or hand delivered to the Rectory Office by Thursday, May 26 to give you the most opportunities to win.

Reminder: At each Mass this weekend (May 21 / 22), we will be making In-Pew Requests for pledges to the 2022 Annual Catholic Appeal. There is particular concern at the Diocesan and parish levels about the fact that there are significantly fewer donors than in past years. We need more people to make pledges — and no pledge is too small! If you have not yet done so, please make a pledge during the In-Pew Weekend. You can do so by using a Pledge Card, donating on-line at AnnualCatholicAppeal.org; or texting ACA to 917-336-1255. As always, thank you for your generosity.

Please continue to pray for peace in Ukraine and an end to violence in our own country.

Have a safe and blessed weekend.

Fr. Larry Ryan