Fr. Tom's Thoughts

Dear St. James Parishioners,

Next Sunday the 22nd is our Parish Festival. Everyone is invited to come and have a great time – bring some friends and have some friend time together. We‘ve always called this our Parish Picnic in the past, but it is so much more than a simple picnic. There are many games, bingo, climbing wall, Country Store bake sale, dunk tank, talent show, face painting, bouncy houses, raffle, and, of course, music. Some of these are indoors but most are outdoors. Oh, did I mention food? The food is spectacular! This year we will feature barbequed boneless pork loin sandwiches as well as the usual world famous onion rings, corn on the cob, roasted baby potatoes, veggies, fruits, cookies, Hyland ice cream, cotton candy, beer, and Coke products. This is why we now call this our St. James Parish Festival. It‘s a great time!

A parish festival is a great opportunity to gather as a community and spend some time together. Many times we see people at Mass and never elsewhere. Other people we never see because they go to a different Mass than we do. It‘s so nice to be able to catch up with them and see them in a casual setting where we are not in a hurry. A parish festival is a community builder. We also get to meet people we‘ve never met or others we‘ve seen but never had a chance to visit with. It‘s also a great time for the kids to go out and have some fun with their friends.

I enjoy it because I get a chance to visit with everybody. Being a pastor, I find it‘s a great opportunity to mingle and get to know people a little better. The bottom line is -I invite everyone to come and help build up our parish by being a great community. Let‘s make our 2018 Parish Festival the best one ever!!

May God bless you and have a great week!

Fr. Tom Weisbecker