My dear Parish Family,
I wish to thank everyone who attended our Annual Parish Outdoor Mass & Picnic on Sunday, August 6 at Kiwanis Park. We had close to 350 people from both our parish worship sites who came for what was truly an outstanding and spirit-filled celebration of faith, family and fun! Once again, with the help of our Blessed Mother’s intercession, our Lord blessed us with a beautiful day…blue skies, sunshine and a comfortable breeze. We turned Kiwanis Park into our own outdoor Cathedral!
I particularly want to express deepest gratitude and appreciation to Joe & Erika Conti and June & Rich Helfrich for organizing the event along with the following volunteers who assisted them: John Alquist, Eric & Michelle Deutschman, Irene Elia, Bernadette Franjoine, Dave & Mary Kulak, Julia Talarico Latorre, Connie Locey, Sharon Low, Barb Malinowski, Cheryl Milicia, Eileen Osinski, Bill & Teresa Peek, Mike Roemer, Marty & Paula Shimmel, Dave Sirianni and Bill Taczak. In addition to all of these wonderful people, I wish to thank all the people on the day of the picnic who stepped up to help out with set-up and clean-up. Everything ran so smoothly with the help of so many kind and giving people. I also wish to acknowledge and thank Peter Smith and the members of the choir for leading us in sung prayer. Special thanks to the Hibbard Family for the generous donation of the delicious Frozen Custard! I hope I didn’t miss anyone, my apologies if I did. I just want you all to know how grateful I am for all that you did to make our Parish Outdoor Mass & Picnic a most enjoyable time for all.
Now on to our next parish event, the “Jazz Mass.” This will be our third annual Jazz Mass as part of the Lewiston Northwest Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 26. Please note the change in schedule for Saturday, August 26 at St. Peter’s Church. There will be no confessions at 3:00 p.m., due to the set-up required for the Jazz Pre-Mass Concert. The Pre-Mass concert will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the Jazz Mass will begin at 4:30 p.m. Once again this year we welcome back the famous Jazz Musician, Bobby Militello, on the saxophone and flute, along with Mike Morrissey on the bass, Chris Hart on the drums and Tim Wells on the piano. Tim will also be directing the St. Joseph University Church Contemporary Music Ensemble, which features 25 talented singers. We also welcome our Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Buffalo, the Most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec, who will be concelebrating the Mass along with me. It is going to be another outstanding celebration of joyful praise to our God. Plan on coming early to get a seat!
May God bless you all! Please make sure you take some time to enjoy what remains of summer with your family and friends.