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The sale is slated for August 13-14. Collections for donated items will begin on Saturday, August 7 and Sunday August 8 after Masses in the school gym. Collections will be ongoing from 5 PM to 7 PM through the week. The proceeds will be divided among the Oak Hill Knights of Columbus, the Beckley Knights, and St. Francis School, depending on volunteer turnout from each of these groups. It takes a lot of hands to organize, so please call Henry Bobbin 304-573-8775 for questions or to offer help.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On July 23rd of this past week, I celebrated one month among you as your new pastor here at St. Francis de Sales Parish. As I have said to you before, it is good to be here with you!

I also want to express my gratitude for the warm welcome that I have received, and for the tremendous help that so many of you have provided, especially our parish staff, and those who have assisted with cleaning and moving furniture and other items from room to room, or into storage for inclusion in our upcoming rummage sale for the benefit of St. Francis de Sales School.

Father Paul Wharton, my predecessor, did a tremendous job leading the parish through the difficult time of the pandemic. Little-by-little, our parish and parishes everywhere have been moving back toward a more “normal” life as our diocesan protocols and other guidelines have permitted. In my meetings with parish staff, our Pastoral Council, and with several of our parish organizations, it is obvious that our parishioners are eager to return to our regular parish activities, but to do so in a way that is safe, and that is respectful of the various guidelines and expectations of Bishop Brennan.

As a part of that movement back to normal, before I even began officially as your pastor, I had agreed with Father Paul Wharton about resuming weekday Masses according to the normal “pre-pandemic” Mass schedule. Beginning Wednesday, September 1st, we will also resume the Wednesday evening Mass, but at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. This will make for an earlier start and end to the Knights of Columbus meetings and other meetings that have customarily met after the Wednesday evening Mass.

One change that I am instituting, beginning in September, is the weekly observance of Eucharistic Adoration each Wednesday, beginning after Wednesday morning Mass and concluding with Benediction just before the 6:30 p.m. Mass. It is my hope that more frequent (weekly) Eucharistic Adoration, together with the availability of daily Masses, will strengthen our appreciation and love for the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. I thank all who have been committed to spending time in prayer before our Eucharistic Lord in the past on First Fridays, and I encourage all parishioners to consider dedicating some time to prayer before Our Lord each Wednesday beginning on September 1st.

Once again, I thank all of you for your warm welcome to Beckley and to St. Francis de Sales Parish, and I ask you to remember me in your prayers as I continue to settle in and begin my pastoral ministry here. Please know that you are in my prayers as well, especially at daily Mass.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Leonard

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In conjunction with his fellow bishops from the Province of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop Mark has lifted the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Days Mass obligation as of Saturday, June 26.  Safeguards are still in place.  We need to return and receive Christ’s Body and Blood in the Eucharist.  We continue to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, those who have died, are sick, and those who care for them.

Father Paul’s Addresses:

Fr. Paul J. Wharton
Saint Brendan the Navigator Church
5101 Ocean Highway W
Shallotte, NC 28470
Email: pjw424@gmail.com

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We are in the heat of summer.  Take time this week with your family to just… PLAY.  Put down the phones, turn off the computers and get in the back yard.  Bet your kids don’t know the games of your childhood. Try these simple outdoor games that require no equipment:  Mother May I?, Tag, Red Rover, Relay Races, Hide and go seek, Sardines, Simon Says, Duck, Duck, Goose, Red light, Green light, Follow the Leader, and Play Ground Olympics.  Older children may like to learn these games that may require some equipment:  Bocce Ball, Badminton, Tug of War, Water Balloons, Spike Ball, Lawn Bowling, Giant Jenga, Croquet, Ring Toss, Ladder Golf, or Horseshoes.  Get outside, you’ll be glad you did.


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