I Want you Back!
Our Parish Picnic this past Sunday was a huge success! We planned this, and we made it happen! We looked forward to having fantastic weather, and God granted us a day of sunshine. I looked forward to a large gathering. A good number of parishioners and non-parishioners alike graced the occasion. God answered our prayers. We had a lot to eat and drink. Guests formed a long line, and devoted servers ensured everyone had something to eat and drink. We had our young adults provide live music; they were fantastic! Steve, Emily, Elizabeth, Emma, and Shawn, in yellow sunglasses, were phenomenal!! What shall we name this new parish band?
The children had time together. They played different sorts of interesting games and got a lot of exciting time jumping up and down on the bouncer. Of course, the youth group also did their thing, playing some entertaining ball games. Also in attendance was a group of students from Elizabethtown College and members of the African Catholic community from Harrisburg and its environs.
In addition, we presented the plaques for donors toward the building of the parish hall. Stephen Desjardins did a great job. So did all the picnic planning committee members, Evelyn Weston, Rachel Clark and others; they ensured we had enough desserts in the parish hall; thanks to you all. I am also thankful to the Men's Club, CCW, Knights of Columbus, members of the Parish Council, parish office staff, and many others.
The first song played by our young adult band was Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5’s “I want you back.” This is symbolic. While it refers to a guy wanting his estranged lover back, in our case, it indicates that I wish all my beloved parishioners who have been away since the beginning of the pandemic (that is now over) back in church and at Mass. We have seen an increase in attendance in the last couple of weeks. I like that to continue to be the case. I want all of you, my beloved parishioners, back to the pew to continue our faith journey together as one family.
Love you all,
Fr. Bernard, OP