Focus in Brief: Our Weekly Announcements for May 28th 2017!

Focus in Brief:  Our Weekly Announcements for May 28th 2017!
Blessed Memorial Day Weekend! 

🎖Get A Cemetery Ribbons for Memorial Day & Remember Those Who Gave it All!

There is still time! Join us on  Sunday, May 28th after the 10:30am Mass, when we will once again honor the fallen within our beautiful historic cemetery with donated and sponsored ribbons! Your ribbon will be tied by our PREP children to our new cemetery gates prior to the ceremony on May 28th following the 10:30am Mass. Suggested donation is only $10 or 3 for $20. (*Only 1 name per ribbon please!) We will honor their sacrifice by following a bag piper out of Mass that day and pray at the gates of cemetery, followed by taps of a bugler. Our own parish Historian, Robert Pardi, will once again shoot a volley while in full historic uniform! A great opportunity to teach your children about the sacrifice of others! You don’t want to miss this one! Last year it was one of the most moving tributes we honored! You may still get ribbons and join us by Clicking Here!

🇺🇸 Holiday Office and School Closings:

Please note that the parish offices and school will be closed for  Memorial Day holiday on both Friday, May 26th and Monday May 29th! Our Mass schedule for Sunday will remain the same! Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

🏫 Summer School Closing Fast Approaching:

Please note that our schools will officially close for the summer break on Friday, June 9th 2017 with an annual end of year “Moving Up Ceremony” at 9:00am! This event is open to the public, so join us as we bid a summer farewell to our students!

⛪ Weekday Confessions Come to Saint Miriam!

Now, with the added help of Father John to our Ministry Team, we have begun to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions, every weekday Monday – Friday from 11:30am until 12:05pm! Catch a break and be made whole again during your lunch break!  Then, starting in the fall, we will also add a mid-day Mass every weekday at 12:15pm! Join us as we grow for you!

🎓 End of Year PREP/CCD Pinning Ceremony in June 4th!

Join us as we honor our PREP/CCD Students and watch as they receive their pins for a great year off learning and growing! Join us on Sunday, June 4th at the 9:00am Family Mass! 
📅 Ministry Team Schedules for June Are Ready! 
We are pleased to have posted our Ministry Team Schedules for June and Kate is now working on July’s Schedule with Monsignor Jim. Please contact her for any date conflicts like vacations, etc., or choose a date you’d like to serve! Kate’s email is! Thank you for your service to God and the parish!
🌞 Blessing of the Seersucker Returns in June!

Join Saint Miriam as we continue an annual and ‘fun’ tradition on Sunday, June 25th. After the 10:30 Morning Mass, parishioners will be led out of the church and into the front garden for a service called, “Blessing of the Seersucker”! This brief service, with a uniquely Southern take on the “kirking” or blessing of the tartans, celebrated by Monsignor Jim’s former parish in Washington DC has made its way to Saint Miriam for some eight eight years now! While tartans may represent ancestral links with Britain, Saint Miriam makes seersucker representative its own clan, especially those who struggle through a hot summer! Help us welcome in summer, thank God for all we have, and for good weather and wonderful vacations by joining us on June 25th and enjoy a souther drink on the lawn with us, too! The first 12 for;ks who enter wearing something seersucker also take home a special gift so arrive early!




🏕 Summer Camp Begins June 12th!

Unlike many of the mega camps, we offer personalized attention for every child with low camper to staff ratios. We cater to preschool aged children and older – and welcome friends and siblings regardless of membership at our school or church.  Learn more 
here, the fun begins June 12th!

🎨 Bell Tower Gets It Coat of Paint in June, too!

Please welcome our own John Shoemaker back as he completes the exterior painting project from last year, but the highest point – our Bell Tower! The exterior louvers need a coat of paint to preserve them, and match the new trim and John will be 40′ high so watch your step and pray for the safety of all of our construction workers and volunteers! Painting work to begin the first week of June!
🏗 Rectory Construction Set to Begin Monday, June 5th!
The builder is ready! Please watch as soon construction will begin on our new Friary Rectory! Please give to this effort by Clicking Here, and receive your miniature bronze statue of St. Francis Joliet! Then, watch for the construction to begin as we become even better!
🚧 Rectory Construction Changes!
Our construction will be occurring from June – September and will cause us to lose the main Admin/School walkway for much of that time. Please watch signs and postings and also note that the Upper Road will be closed, too, when construction vehicles need to use the ‘construction staffing area’ to bring materials and lift them to the second level. As they say, please pardon our dust and any inconvenience as we build a new home!
🔔 Help Ring Our Bells!
We are seeking a few bell ringers to help during Sunday Masses! Each of our Masses requires that the bells in our Bell Tower ring out at 30 minutes before, 15 minutes before, and at the start of Mass, and we need some extra ringers! Care to help? Contact us by Clicking Here or see anyone on staff today! 
📸 A Photo Directory for Saint Miriam is Coming!
Saint Miriam Parish is growing and we want to make sure that we know and stay in touch with our parishioners. So, we are working on updating our parish database called ParishSoft to ensure that we have the necessary information for each of you.  The updated database will be helpful to our priests in the event of a pastoral emergency it will give them access to your contact information. And, with your approval only, we can create a directory that will include your photo, but not your personal information. Therefore, we are requesting that each of parishioner send a photo (you and your family members; photos of your children are optional.) Please send to name your file(s) lastname_firstname.jpg on each photo. Example: cuffey_lorraine.jpg and cuffey_guy.jpg) Also, if you cannot send a photo please contact Lorraine Cuffey to schedule a time on a Sunday to have your photo taken at church. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Lorraine at
👩‍🍳 A Saint Miriam Cookbook!
We are excited to announce that the Women of Saint Miriam are publishing a cookbook as their Fall Fundraiser. From now until September 17th we are looking for your recipe(s) to be a part of this true community project! The cookbooks will be sold in the Café, and Online… and will be available on a Cookbook website too… and your name with your recipe can be included! Learn more Here 
and even watch a video, too!
👷🏼 Tour and Final Reception for Rectory Announced!
We are preparing for a new Rectory! Some have stepped up and given and received a miniature St Francis Joliet Statue. So, to entice you further to support this vital project, we are offering construction tours and a final reception before it is opened to the public for those who donate ahead of construction! By making your donation to the Rectory Fund today, you will also be invited to a ‘Hard Hat Tour” during mid-construction, and then enjoy a private cocktail reception in the rectory! Join us by Clicking Here!

⧛⧛⧛ Fence Help Needed 1st Week of June!

Our cemetery needs a fence installed around two sections and we can save more than 50% the cost, but need several volunteers to help us. We will rent a post-hole digger to make the job easier, too, but you can help if you volunteer today! Email Monsignor Jim and let him know you can assist by Clicking Here! The final permits should be ready at the township by November 26th! Please…help us by volunteering today!

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