Precious Blood Parish wishes a warm welcome to Fr. Suneesh Mathew who became our new Pastor this week
Greetings of God’s peace to all of you. I thank God for the gift of priesthood and my vocation. Thanks to Bishop Medley for appointing me to be here at Precious Blood to minister with you all. Since it’s my first pastor’s column I thought of sharing a bit about myself.
I hail from Kerala, one of the Southern states in India.We believe it was St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus who proclaimed word of God in Kerala. India is the second populist country in the world with 1.25 billion population and most of the people in India are Hindus. The State Kerala is a very Catholic State in India.
The names of my parents are Mathew and Mary. I have two older sisters, one older brother and one younger sister. I am the fourth one in the family. I also have 8 nieces and nephews and two more on the way.
I joined a missionary congregation in India and I was ordained a priest in 2008. The name of my congregation is called Heralds of Good News. It is a young congergation established in 1984. The purpose of the congregation is to train priests and send them where ever there is a need. I spent the first four years of my priesthood in the northern part of India. I came to this diocese in June of 2012. The last three years I served at St. Stephen Cathedral with Fr. Jerry Riney.
I am so happy to be here at Precious Blood and I am looking forward to meeting you all. I thank Fr. Brian Roby for his great help in this transition. He was wonderful in explaining and helping me learn more about this Parish. Thank you to Gary Murphy, Danny Triplett, Steve Cecil and Louis Travis for their help with my moving. Thanks also to Penny Blandford and Sr.Rosanne Spalding for the gift basket and for making me feel welcome. It was greatly appreciated!
I am an extreme extrovert. I love being with people.(You can call me anytime to your home for any parties or gatherings and I won’t miss it). I enjoy sports, especially watching UK basketball games. I also love fishing, playing tennis and skiing.
I am looking forward to getting to know each and everyone of you.
Fr. Suneesh Mathew
OCS IMPORTANT DATES
July 27 - OCHS Back to School Information Day, 2-6pm
Aug. 01 - School Supply Fair – Blessed Mother Church
Aug. 03 - OCHS Freshmen Orientation/Picnic, 9am – Noon
OCMS 7th Grade Orientation, Time TBA
OCMS 8th Grade Pickup Schedules, 11am. –Noon
Aug. 04 - K-3 Campus Meet Your Teacher, 5:30 – 7pm (Please bring all school supplies with you.)
Aug. 10 - First Day of School
Aug. 18 - K-3 Campus Parent Only Curriculum Night, 6-7:00 pm
SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED
It’s almost that time of year for school to start back. Please remember when picking up school supplies for your children that there are other children in need of supplies that are less fortunate. The Daniel Pitino Shelter would appreciate any help that you would be able to give. Items can be placed in the baskets at church or dropped by the Parish Office. Thanks for your continued support of the Daniel Pitino Shelter!
HELP RAISE FUNDS, BUY SCRIP
Simply tell the SCRIP volunteer your family name is “Precious Blood.”
Buy Amazon, Briarpatch, Cheddars, Culvers, DairyQueen, Hallmark, Meijer, Miller House, Sammy’s Auto Wash, and the list goes on.
Some local merchants give up to 20% and Precious Blood will receive three quarters of that at the end of the school year.
Call the OCS SCRIP Office (270-852-8033) with any questions you might have!
In order for members to continue supporting Precious Blood through the Kroger Community Rewards (#96232), you must re-enroll by August 31, 2016. Those who do not re-enroll will be dropped from the program on September 1, 2016 until they re-enroll.
Re-enroll starts August 1, 2016. Watch for more details.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Jesus is describing God’s immeasurable generosity when He says in today’s Gospel, “Whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks, is admitted.” But it should also be the description of us as Christian stewards –those seeking to follow Christ by using our gifts in service to others.
Readings for next weekend will be
Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 Luke 12:13-21
We invite you to read and study these passages for your own reflection as we prepare for the liturgy we will celebrate as a parish community.