After many years of service to our com- munity here at Holy Redeemer, Sue Darcy is stepping down as the person in charge of Altar Care. This is another one of those essential, yet thankless tasks.

So to remedy that: THANKS SUE!!

Needless to say, we are looking for someone to take over in that position. Before Covid-19 hit, there was a lot to do. There is still plenty to do, except for some obvious deletions. (We are not ready to start filling the Holy Water fonts quite yet.) Basically you would take care of the altar linens, help in ordering the candles for church and tidying up around the sanctuary and sacristy. If you think this is something you might want to do, ask Laurie Medley for a complete list of responsibilities.

This Wednesday is the Feast of St. Blaise. Well will do the traditional Blessing of the Throats at both of our Masses. We will say one General Prayer over all and then do the traditional crossed candles blessing individually. It should be safe. The Blessing of the Throats is called a sacramental, therefore ANY- ONE can receive it. And this year, it may be more important than ever.

This week we are also celebrating Catholic Schools Week. It will look a bit different because of Covid-19, but it is still worth it to celebrate. I am extremely proud of our administration, faculty, staff, parents and students for the out- standing job they have done so far this school year. The 2020-2021 School year is one for the ages, but it reminds me of a quote from Thomas Monson:

“Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.”

I cannot help but believe that our timber has grown stronger this year. But none of it would have happened without the concerted effort of the entire Holy Redeemer Community.

Our job this year is not quite finished, but I think we would do well to thank one another for what we have accomplished striding into the headwind that was the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fr. Kevin

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