DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST,

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR GRADUATES:
This is the time of the year when graduations are taking place. I’m sure that most, if not all, College commencements took place in May. Now it is time for High School and
Elementary School graduations to be celebrated. I want to express my hearty congratulations to each and every one of our graduates.

Graduating from college could mean further studies or beginning a career for which you have been preparing yourself. Graduating from High School could mean going to college or beginning a new job. Graduating from elementary school is exciting as you will soon begin High School.

God bless you all! I am happy for you and your families who must be so proud of you. Enjoy your summer break.

SUMMER VACATION TIME:
We priests have been taking about our summer vacations. Msgr. Michael will be taking time off the month of September. Fr. Benjamin’s plan is to take his summer break from August 25th until September 25th. This will be possible because we will have Fr. Melchizedek with us during the months of August and September.

MASS SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENT:
With both Msgr. Michael and Fr. Benjamin being away in September it is necessary to make an adjustment to our weekday Mass schedule. As such, we will not have any 12:10 Masses during the month of September. As September is a very busy month with the start of a number of parish programs, including our Faith Formation classes, and the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation it is necessary to make this schedule change.

MY VACATION TIME AWAY:
I will be taking some time in both July and August. Having the opportunity to catch up with family and friends is very important to me. Of course, I will have to work on getting a new routine of jokes, which many of you would really appreciate. My present plan is to take time off between July 13th and 26th and then again between August 10th and August 23rd.

YOUR VACATION TIME:
I hope that many of you will have the opportunity to take some time away. I know that some of you will choose a “stay vacation.” Those can be equally relaxing and fun depending how you use that time. Whichever you choose, enjoy the summer!