From The Pastor’s Desk
– SeptemberFest Tribute and Thank You –
I cannot imagine a more appropriate Gospel reading for
SeptemberFest weekend than what we heard.
The Disciples were arguing about who was the greatest. To answer that question Himself Jesus took a child and placed it in their midst: “and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, re-ceives not me but the One who sent me.” Well, this weekend, I think we shattered quite a few records by way of attendance, most of which were kids having as good and great of a time as they could. Our SeptemberFest team focuses on making sure we had the safest possible event for all that attend. With the very large crowds, especially on Saturday night, we are happy to report that we had one of our safest weekends ever with no incidents or EMS calls. The question comes up each year – what happens to the SeptemberFest proceeds? The answer is the money raised is used to support the capital projects of the parish – such as a new boiler for the school, sidewalk and stair repairs, new lighting system and any number of other projects and/or daily upkeep concerns that inevitably requiring attention and ac-tion. These funds, along with your monthly Capital Fund contributions, allow us to maintain our facili-ties without having to have major fundraising drives each year. Though it is a three day event, the time and effort that goes into a successful carnival is months in the making. Many thanks to the record number of vol-unteers that participated throughout the weekend – we cannot put on an event of this size without your help. That it is a Church Carnival, my goodness the amount of children you received in Christ’s name2wow! If children are the greatest, then those who serve them, especially in this labor intensive way, well that must make you the greatest OF THE greatest! And the deliciously ripened fruits of that labor, well you could see it on all the faces of those children and their families…JOY! This is what it is all about and not just for the children of kid age but children of all ages! God is OUR FATHER who looks upon us like He does Jesus, as His precious Sons and Daughters who like any good parent wants nothing more than for His children to be happy2really happy! And so SeptemberFest by way of a Church spon-sored event assumed the atmosphere and nature (super) of an authentic Heaven on earth experi-ence, Heaven in each volunteer and participant’s hearts. The hope and prayer is that this joy and the many blessings that come with it will continue throughout the whole year. So that in addition to coming to the Church for a Carnival, families will be returning each week with their kids in force to at-tend Church, to ensure these blessings do not dis-appear. Planning is already started for the 2022 festival. For a successful three day event, work is ongoing all year long and that requires volunteers. For exam-ple, many of our food team members have been working at the fest for over 20 years. The hope is that we will recruit and involve younger blood to be able to continue to sustain the event. (More on this to follow in the coming months). Though the rolling up of one’s sleeves is required, I can assure you with many years of experience, the volunteer at-mosphere is one of great fun and great fellowship! More than whistle while you work, it is truly laugh while you work because you are elbow to elbow with such great and decent people. Thank you, thank you, and thank you times infinity for once again demonstrating that we have here at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish the GREATESTcommunity of people, families, patrons, and volun-teers there are! Please, please continue to make your awesome presence felt here by continuing to remain active members of the Parish! Routinely refer to our Web site, Facebook page, and of course our wonderful Bulletin for more and updated information on goings on here at the Parish. May God continue to bless and protect you: In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen!