Fr. Tim's Pastor's Pen


          Now that things are settling down and hopefully everyone has power in their homes, I just want to take a few lines to extend my personal thanks to our Maintenance Team in the days before and after Hurricane Irma.  My appreciation to Jeff, who supervises the team, along with Chris, Ray and Mel.  They were working the days before the storm to ensure the church windows were protected, and the property was ready for gusty winds and storm surges.  And then, on Tuesday, the first day we could get back to work they were here putting things back in place, cleaning, cutting, raking.  They had the parish grounds back in good general shape, ready for a return to routine operations and school opening by Thursday.  Thank you, guys, for all your hard work.  

          If you walk by the front of the parish office you will notice that the prayer space with the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue was cleaned and manicured.  Weeds pulled, plants trimmed, and trees pruned, the area has been beautified for the benefit of everyone.  This was the gift of a devoted parish member who wanted to offer her time in prayer while making a visible difference to the space.  It is a wonderful enhancement to the beauty of that little prayer garden. 

          I am sorry to report once again that another brother of Msgr. Caverly has died within ten days.  Msgr. Patrick Caverly of the Diocese of Orlando passed away on September 14th.  Fr. Kevin and I attended the funeral on Wednesday, along with many other priests and friends who knew him well.  To lose two siblings so close together must be difficult, but Msgr. has a strong faith and he knows that his brothers are now with God in heaven.  May they rest in peace.    

          After a two week delay this weekend finally begins our Sunday Faith Formation and Youth Ministry.  I think our young people are ready to start.  Please remember the youth and catechists as they return to their parish programs.  

Your friend in Christ,

Fr. Timothy H. Sherwood

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