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Information regarding the 2014-2015 Pre-8 Faith Formation program is now available. Completed forms and payment need to be turned in to the Parish Office by Wednesday, September 3. Faith Formation staff will be at the Parish Office on September 3 from 6:15 – 7:15 pm to answer questions and receive registrations. Click here for forms and calendars.
Important Dates to Note:
Wednesday, September 10 – Pre – Grade 5 Faith Formation orientation for parents and students from 6:15 – 7:15 pm at St. Dominic School. Please arrive by 6:15 to attend the complete event.
Wednesday, September 17 – Faith Formation dinner and classes begin.
Dinner: 5:30 – 6:00 pm, O’Gara Social Hall
Pre – Gr. 5: classes, 6:15 – 7:15 pm, St. Dominic School
Gr. 6-8: Parent and student orientation and Youth Alive information, 6:15-7:15
pm, O’Gara Social Hall.
Youth Alive: Sunday August 24th 5pm-7pm How much fun would it be to get together for a picnic supper and squirt gun fights? Bring your appetite and best squirt gun to the St. Dominic Youth Building Sunday the 24th at 5pm and let’s find out!
Polka Mass: Saturday August 16th Gary Pikal and his band from New Prague will provide the music for the 5pm Mass on Saturday the 16th. I have known Gary since my years as associate pastor at St. Wenceslaus back in the mid-1980’s. Over the years we have collaborated on a number of songs, Gary developing melodies from old Czech tunes for which I wrote lyrics for use at Mass. Following the Mass, Gary and his group will continue playing their regular repertoire of polka tunes in the social hall for another hour or so. I expect we will have food available for purchase for those who stay to enjoy the music.
As we head into the last month of summer vacation (where has the summer gone?!?!?) I encourage you to add a free trip to Mexico to the list of your summertime activities. The official feast day for our patron St. Dominic is August 8th. In his honor, our parish Hispanic community is putting on a party on Sunday August 10th to which you are invited.
The celebration begins with the regularly scheduled 12:30pm Spanish Mass. Whether or not you attend the Mass, come for a free lunch immediately following the Mass beginning around 2pm. Several families are preparing a variety of typical Mexican foods and, with true Mexican hospitality, would be honored to have you share a meal with them.
Following the meal stay around for a concert presented by Spanish music groups from St. Dominic and other parishes in our region from 3-5pm followed by bingo for cash prizes.
I have often been asked by people from our English-speaking membership how they can support our Hispanic community. This is one of the best ways to do so…give them the honor of sharing in their fiesta.
Back in 2009 an archdiocesan plan was formulated involving mergers, in which one or more existing parishes would be merged into one parish, and clusters, in which one pastor would be responsible for two or more independent parishes. The plan called for St. Dominic to be clustered with Annunciation of Hazelwood. Initially we thought the cluster would take effect in 2010. The archdiocese subsequently indicated it would be January of 2012. That month came and went, as did that year and the next. In the fall of 2013 we received word that the cluster would take place in June or July of this year. Once again, things got delayed, but not for very long. The official date for the cluster of St. Dominic and Annunciation has been set for this coming Saturday, August 16, 2014.
With my being named pastor of both parishes, there will necessarily be a few scheduling changes. Thursday evening Mass will be at Annunciation. There will be no Mass here on Thursdays. The Spanish Mass, our most heavily-attended weekday Mass other than the school Mass, will move from Thursday to replace the Tuesday English Mass at 5:30pm.
The weekend Mass schedule at both parishes will remain the same, although a few adjustments may be made to the 8am Sunday Mass here to allow me time to get to Hazelwood by 9am when no priest helper is available.
The cluster has been a long time coming, giving rise to anxieties among people at Hazelwood that their parish would be shut down or merged to become a satellite of St. Dominic. Not the case. Each parish retains its own independent corporate identity, financial management and decision-making. For those who might be wondering…no, I will not be receiving a double salary! My pastor’s salary and benefits remain the same. The expense will be split on a percentage basis between the two parishes.
There may be areas in which both parishes determine it would be advantageous to share resources. Faith Formation is one example. With classes here on Wednesday evening and at Annunciation on Sunday morning, parishioners may enroll at either parish without having to change parish registration. Another example is Sunday envelopes. People can put their envelope in the collection at either parish.
The clustering of St. Dominic and Annunciation is not new. Although independent parishes, they shared the same pastors from 1872 until 1940 when Hazelwood received its first resident pastor. I thank you for your prayerful support, understanding and patience as I strive to serve the needs of both parishes.