Growing in Faith and Service – Giving our Time, Talents, & Treasure

The annual Fall Time & Talent letters and forms were mailed out this week to all registered parishioners. We will have parishioners speaking at each Mass, with Time being the topic on September 16th/17th and Talent being the topic on September 30th/October 1st. Each parishioner is asked to complete the yellow Time and Talent brochure inserted in the mailing and turn them in the weekend of September 30th/October 1st. You may place them in the collection basket or the basket in the vestibule. Please pray about this and consider how you can give back to God what he has given you in the form of your special talents. Every one of us has been uniquely blessed. God calls us to be his prudent servants.

OLPH Cancer Home Ticket Sales

Each year, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home Auxiliary sponsors a major fundraising event to help the Sisters at the Home with operating maintenance. Last year’s sales were great, but this year we are striving to do even better. Charlene Lambert will be in the Papal Hallway selling raffle tickets ($5 for a book of six tickets) again this weekend (September 16-17). Prizes include gas cards and a getaway for four to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. A winner will be drawn at the OLPH luncheon on October 7th. With your help and support we can succeed in this endeavor of love.

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – September 8

The Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. This work has no historical value, but it does reflect the development of Christian piety. According to this account, Anna and Joachim are infertile but
pray for a child. They receive the promise of a child who will advance God’s plan of salvation for the world. Such a story, like many biblical counterparts, stresses the special presence of God in Mary’s life from the beginning. Saint Augustine connects Mary’s birth with Jesus’ saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.” The opening prayer at Mass speaks of the birth of Mary’s Son as the dawn of our salvation, and asks for an increase of peace.

Blue Mass on September 20th @ 6:00pm

Blue Mass on September 20th @ 6:00pm

Father Timothy will be celebrating a Blue Mass for all public safety officials and first responders on Wednesday, September 20th at 6:00 pm. In the United States, the Blue Mass tradition began in 1934, when Father Thomas Dade of the Archdiocese of Baltimore formed the Catholic Police and Fireman’s Society, and celebrated the first Blue Mass for police officers and firemen that year.

CCW Yard Sale

Reminder that the CCW yard sale will be held on Saturday, September 9th from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon. Please support the CCW and come out and do some shopping with us. The parish hall will be open to accept your donations on Sunday, September 3rd from 12:00 noon until 5:00 pm, Monday, September 4th through Thursday, September 7th from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm and Friday, September 8th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. This is a good time to clean out closets, attics and basements or buy that new table or sofa and donate the old one. We thank you in advance for helping us make this yard sale a huge success.

OLPH Cancer Home Ticket Sales

Each year, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home Auxiliary sponsors a major fundraising event to help the Sisters at the Home with operating maintenance. Last year’s sales were great, but this year we are striving to do even better. Charlene Lambert will be in the Papal Hallway selling raffle tickets ($5 for a book of six tickets) on the weekends of September 9-10 and September 16-17. Prizes include gas cards and a getaway for four to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. A winner will be drawn at the OLPH luncheon on October 7th. With your help and support we can succeed in this endeavor of love.

You’re Invited: Man In The Mirror

The Troup County Domestic Violence Task Force is hosting a conference called “Man in the Mirror.” This empowerment conference is facilitated by men and designed for men. The conference will include a day of candid discussions centered on a male’s perspective on how domestic violence affects relationships, marriages, children and our community. Our hope is to inspire, empower and equip men with tools that will help them in this fight against domestic violence. We welcome all races, religions and all backgrounds! The cost is $20.00 per person which will include lunch, classes, CEU credits and all materials given out. The event will be held on September 28, 2017 at New Community Church, 1200 South Davis Road, LaGrange, GA from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Please call 706-885-1526 or visit https://troupdvtf.wixsite.com/mitm to RSVP.

Cursillo Quarterly Get-Together

Fellow parishioners who have attended a Cursillo weekend and any parishioners who would like to know more about Cursillo weekends are invited to attend the Saturday, August 26 get-together. Come share a meal, find out more about Cursillo, and hear faith experiences at 7:00 p.m. in St Peter’s Parish Hall. The next Men’s Cursillo Weekend is planned for October 5-8. Women’s is October 12-15.
For more information contact Dave 706-616-2213 or Fern 706-885-9388.