Happy Feast Day!

07-04-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. James Aboyi

I wish you all a Happy Feast Day as we celebrate the feast of our patron saint, Benedict, on Saturday, July 11 this week. Given the current crisis from the viral pandemic, we would like to observe the feast of St Benedict this year as a Parish Day of Prayer. We will begin the day with Mass at 9 am, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and ending with Benediction at 12 noon. The Mass and Benediction will be live-streamed on our parish YouTube channel. I encourage those who are not able to attend the event in person to join us online and also to recite a Rosary or off er other prayers. In addition to your personal prayer intentions, we ask everyone to include the following as our community intentions:

1. For healing of the sick, especially those affected by the Coronavirus and for an end to the pandemic.

2. For the safety and protection of our parish staff and volunteers.

3. For the safety and protection of our St. Benedict community and St. John Bosco families.

4. For peace and unity in the country.

If you are praying the Rosary, consider using each of the intentions for each decade of the Rosary.

I thank everyone who responded to our announcement last weekend regarding the Offertory Matching Program. If you are hearing this for the first time, I am glad to share with you that a generous Catholic family from outside of our parish community has offered to help St. Benedict Catholic Church with a matching gift up to $29,700 through August 31. The family is generously offering to match every new recurring online gift OR increased recurring online gift to our parish, dollar for dollar– up to $29,700. This is a wonderful opportunity for our parish and I again thank those who have already responded and participated in the program.

Thank you and remain blessed,

Fr. James