25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sept. 18th

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time     Sept. 18th

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this
BBQ a success!

First and foremost—Thank God for the perfect weather!
Thank you everyone who volunteered that day! From our
most senior parishioners who manned the booths to our
youngest who did the running, carrying, and sitting in the
cold dunk tank. Special thanks to the Catholic Daughters
who host the cake booth and those who donated goodies
($989.76) and to the Knights of Columbus who host the
sandwich booth along with ShopRite who helped with the
costs and Lucca Bakery who donated the sausage and
pulled pork rolls ($822.50). Thanks to Vince who oversaw
the logistics of the event, and Tom who oversaw the set-up
and grounds. Everything looked good and ran smoothly.
Thanks to those who came out the week before to do the
prep work, and special thanks to Fran, Kim and Carolyn
who worked all summer creating the beautiful baskets for
our basket auctions ($4,005). Thank you to our many
parishioners, friends, and local businesses who made
donations of gift items or money—from the smallest
amount to the largest, we are grateful for them all. Special
thanks to Latona Golf Course for the golf outing. Other
special donations to mention: Baked Beans from Dave &
Detta, hanging of banner and ice from Collings Lakes
Volunteer Fire Department, Watermelons from
Mr. GreenJeans, Corn from Muzzarelli Farms, BBQ
tickets from Graphic Techniques, and a very special thank
you to Dave the ‘chicken man’ who donated his time and
labor to cook all 500 chickens and to JD who transported
them. We sold out! Also, a very special thank you to
Henry for selling over 640 raffle tickets!
And of course, we thank everyone who came out to spend
their money on food, raffles, games, and to enjoy the
festivities. Without your support, all of our work would
have meant nothing! Many people took advantage of the
free blood pressure screening offered by our parish nurse,
Rose. Children enjoyed the free games, especially
following me around in musical chairs. And for something
new this year, Sherry ran a Corn Hole contest. It was so
nice to see so many smiling faces gathered together to
support our church and embrace our community and just
spend a relaxing day in our picnic grove. We honored our
long-serving DJ, Andy Julia, Jr., and were happy to have
his son, Andy, stepping into the gazebo this year to share
the gift of music.
Congratulations to the prize winners! We presented over
50 auction baskets to lucky winners. Two people won
chicken dinners in our egg draw. And in our 50/50
raffle, the 1st prize was $851.15, 2nd prize was $510.90,
and 3rd prize was $340.60.
Once all the bills are paid, our profit should be around
$10,000.

Fr. Michael