Youth Ministry Auction
Apple Valley Catholic Youth Ministry Auction will be held on
Saturday, March 25, 2017
We welcome all parishioners from the Apple Valley Catholic Community to join us for this annual fundraiser to support the Youth Ministry Programs. There are plenty of ways to be a part of the auction. You can donate Red Sox, Patriots, or any sport team tickets, as well as concert tickets. Other popular auction items are a weekend at vacation homes, a day of golf, themed gift baskets or gift cards to local restaurants. Raffle and event tickets will be on sale for the month of March in the gathering space of the church after Masses. We hope you can join our efforts to provide support to our Youth Ministry Programs.
For more information, contact Jim Flanagan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Walter to have heart surgery
Today I have some important personal news to share: I have been scheduled to have aortic valve replacement surgery at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston on Tuesday, January 24. My surgeon expects me to be in the hospital for about five days. I won’t be allowed to drive for about four weeks, and am to stay home from work during that same period. He anticipated that it will take about 12 weeks for a full recovery and the end of all medicalrelated restrictions.
I have known that this day would come since I was first diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis in mid-2013. My last check-up showed that this condition had deteriorated to the point where surgery was clearly called for. Frankly I was not surprised, and am at peace with this decision. I am grateful that my condition can be corrected and that world-class hospitals and physicians are so close to hand. Of course, this news will raise many questions, some of which I can answer now. On the personal side, I will be away from the parish for the first three or four weeks after surgery. That is the normal practice, and will allow the pastoral staff, Fr. Paul and me to focus without distraction on what we respectively need to do. During those early weeks I will be well cared for and free to do whatever my recuperation requires. And in case anyone is wondering, I intend to follow the advice of my physicians until my recovery is complete.
Archdiocesan authorities and our staff are already making arrangements to assure that the life our two parishes continues as normally as possible during my absence and recovery. The weekday Mass schedule will have to fall back to three days between the two parishes, but the schedule of confessions and Masses on Saturday and Sunday will run as usual, thanks to visiting priests and Fr. Paul. Our extraordinary collaborative staff will support them, and continue the day-to-day work of parish ministry, including all that pertains to Disciples in Mission. I have no qualms about leaving St. Isidore and St. Elizabeth of Hungary parishes in their capable hands.
When all is said and done, this is an important point in my own journey of faith as a disciple of the Lord and servant of his people. With that in mind, I have asked Fr. Paul for the sacrament of the sick, and wish to receive it in the midst of the community gathered for the Eucharist on Sunday, January 22 at 5 p.m. Whether or not you are present on that occasion, I ask for your continuing prayers and accompaniment on the road ahead.
+ Fr. Walter
Apple Valley Catholic Young Adult group