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May 27, 2018

Dear Friends,

As our parish celebrates this weekend and gives thanks to God for the Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr. Derek Thome and to give thanks to God for our parish's 140th anniversary, we also do well to remember those who have gone before us in death.  Our nation celebrates Memorial Day on Monday.

This day especially is reserved to honor those brave men and women who have served our nation in the military.  Our St. John the Evangelist parish cemetery has American flags positioned at the graves of veterans who sacrificed their lives so that we might enjoy the freedoms of our great nation.

Join us Monday morning, May 28, as we continue our parish weekend celebration.  Mass will be celebrated outside on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the parish cemetery, (weather permitting).  Please bring lawn chairs or blankets. I will celebrate Mass at the Altar in our parish cemetery.  Immediately following the Mass, I will invite all gathered to move to the grave(s) of their loved ones and I will bless all fo the graves with Holy Water. 

In the case of inclement weather, Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. in the Church.  This is a meaningful way to honor those of our family members and friends who have passed on the Catholic Faith to us.  This Mass offers a fitting conclusion to our parish weekend celebration of the Ordination of ten new diocesan priests on Saturday morning, the Parish Vocations Festival on Saturday evening, the First Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Fr. Derek and to remember and pray for the souls of our deceased parishioners of our parish family. 

I ask that you please com eto this Mass on Monday.  Praying for the dead is a work of mercy.  When we die, may there be those who survive us and pray for the repose of our souls.  Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord.  Let perpetual light shine upon them.  May their souls and the souls of all of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John 

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