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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Blessing OLOM

THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY was marked by the dedication of the statue of Our Lady of Maryknoll in the Spellman Room following the 11:30 Mass. Because of the MEP National Assembly, more people attended Mass than usual and about 50 people participated in the prayer service.

Pastoral Coordinator Fr. Ernie Lukaschek led the five-minute service that included recitation of the Memorare, a litany to Our Lady of Maryknoll and singing the Salve Regina.

Once again many thanks to Fr. Jim Huvane for donating this beautiful statue. It was gratifying that many people agreed it looks 100 X better here than tucked in the corner of the rotunda behind a pillar and a Ladies Room sign. Plus, the dedication ceremony underscored that this isn't just another piece of furniture.

In other news, here in the east strong winds today knocked down trees and powerlines leaving some people in southern Westchester without power for a few hours. This brings up yesterday's Food Committee meeting where we took up a recommendation by the Crisis Committee that we store one month's worth of canned, nonperishable food in a safe location. Look around the dining room and imagine being closed in with these guys along with unlimited cans of Spam for 30 days. Suddenly, a nuclear meltdown at Indian Point doesn't sound so bad.

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