From the Desk of Father Davis
With November approaching, there are many special events on the calendar. All Saints Day and All Souls Day are prominent among them. The national holiday of Thanksgiving also affords us an opportunity to cultivate again a spirit of gratitude within our hearts. Perhaps it is good to start thinking about this now.
As you know, we traditionally have a Ministries Appreciation Evening on the Monday of Thanksgiving week. This year, our annual observance will be structured and celebrated differently than in the past. With the support of Parish Council and the discernment of the professional staff, we have decided to a have a recognition dinner for this year's honorees and their families, together with representatives from the parish at large.
On Monday, November 19th at 7:00pm in Comber Hall, there will a Thanksgiving Recognition Dinner, during which we will honor FIVE exemplary parishioners, and ONE member of our professional staff, who have all been on the "cutting edge" of excellence in their love of the parish, and in their outstanding service to the community of the Church of the Little Flower. I am pleased to announce this year's honorees, now available for public acknowledgment and congratulations.
*Parishioner Honorees for 2018:
- Maria De Castro
- Katie Dunn
- Joe Lluhi
- Gina Santibáñez
- Francisco "Paco" Valdes
*Staff Member Of The Year 2018:
- Juan Del Sol
Each of the honorees will be present with seven guests of their choosing for this recognition dinner on November 19th. We are also happy to welcome an additional 52 people from throughout the community of parish ministries, who will serve as representatives of the broader parish as we gather for this special occasion. Those ministry participants who would like to be present must confirm a seating reservation by contacting Maria Elena Chialastri at the parish office, 305-446-9950, Ext.306. There will only be 120 seats at this year's Recognition Dinner, including the priests, the deacons and their wives, and the Carmelite Sisters and our professional staff. The honorees and attendees are meant to be a mere representation of our very vibrant parish, as we give thanks to God for so much goodness, and for the virtuous Gospel service always on display in our midst.
On a final note: in the light of the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, the Archbishop has directed that all parishes take up a second collection next weekend, October 27 and 28, for the Diocese of PensacolaTallahassee, which is recovering after having lost several parishes and schools in the recent storm. A caring Church responds. Thank you in advance.