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Alright folks, we have arrived at this most significant week; this most important week in our life as a parish- the week of the Feast day of our patron saint, Saint Aloysius himself.
If you don’t mind my saying, I remember five short years ago, when I first arrived here at Saint Aloysius Parish, and I did just happen to move in on June 21 (which is Saint Aloysius’ feast day, and I do not believe in coincidences!), I instantly made up my mind that we were going to mark our parish feast day with a novena, with Forty Hours and a parish feast day celebration.
I am very happy to say that at the end of my fifth year, because of the tremendous support of all of you, we now have a wonderful, at least “mini tradition,” of celebrating our Feast Day with Forty Hours devotions and a parish festival. We begin today with our annual novena to Saint Aloysius. On Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, June 20 and 21, we will be holding our parish Feast Day Food Festival in Begley Hall. I humbly ask that you participate in our Festival. Please stop in and enjoy our ethnic cuisine or hamburgers/hotdogs etc.
Also, our Forty Hours celebration will take place on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evening, June 21-23 at 7 PM. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the morning Masses on Monday and Tuesday until the evening services at 7 PM. Please find time to come and adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and pray for our parish through the intercession of Saint Aloysius! On Tuesday evening we will venerate the relic of Saint Aloysius and process down Hanover Street toward King Street with the relic, our Saint Aloysius statue and the Blessed Sacrament before returning to church for the closing Benediction. After the Benediction there will be a light reception in our Gathering Center.
Our preacher this year will be Father Christopher Moriconi, who just celebrated the first anniversary of his ordination and who serves as parochial vicar at St. Eleanor’s Parish in Collegeville. Fr. Moriconi will preach at all the Masses, including the Vigil Mass next weekend. Every one, and especially our First Communicants, and Altar Servers (dressed in their communion attire, and their albs) are strongly encouraged to participate and walk in the procession. Of course, it promises to be a tremendous celebration of who we are….SAINT ALOYSIUS! Do not miss it!
- Rev. Joseph Maloney, Pastor