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Last Letter from Bulletin on October 15, 2017

CRAFT SHOW - Please stop by the Gym today (Sunday) from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM to support the 25th Annual Craft Show. There are many items I am sure you will be interested in. There will be a wonderful bake sale as well as an hourly raffle. Please come, check it out, and support one of our yearly parish fundraisers. I would like to thank Lynn Schmidt and all the volunteers who worked very hard to organize this event.

TO TEACH WHO CHRIST IS CAMPAIGN - As as of October 8, we have collected $213,319 or 44% of our campaign pledge of $909,603. The first project of the concrete and Memorial Bricks has already been completed including the railings along the ramps on both sides of the church entrances. We will also add railings inside the church as well. The project has been going very slowly due to it being the busy season. Our next project will be the enclosed church hall between the gym and church. I would like to thank so many of you for your continued financial support and sacrifices that make our projects possible in order to create a wonderful place of worship for our community. May God bless you for your good work!

RENEW MY CHURCH: A GATHERING FOR PRAYER - Please make an effort to come for a Prayer Service for Renew My Church in our Grouping of St. Celestine, St. Cyprian, and St. William on Monday, October 16 at 7 PM in the church. Light refreshments will be served after. The Prayer Service is an opportunity for us to be with our neighboring parishioners and to spend time praying to be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit as we continue in the Renew My Church process.

FR. FIL DEPLOYMENT - As you may know, Fr. Fil is an Army Reserve chaplain and has been going to a military base in Utah one weekend each month to serve the military community. Last week, he told me that he was asked to be deployed for 9 months and it is a direct order from the military. He is very excited about the good news because it gives him an opportunity to serve men and women in the Army. It is sad news for us that he has to leave St. Celestine for 9 months. I am sure we will miss him very much but he promises to come back. Please keep him in your prayers and please pray for his safe journey. Please see Fr. Fil’s note:

Dear St. Celestine Family,

This is exciting news for me! For almost four years now I had the privilege to serve as a resident priest here at St. Celestine parish and as Hospital Chaplain at Holy Cross Hospital and Gottlieb Hospital. Moreover, for almost a year now, I have also been a chaplain in the Army. It is such an honor to be able to serve the people of God in all those capacities. As an Army Reserve chaplain I had an opportunity to provide religious support to soldiers and their families in my unit. However, Reserve Soldiers are required to be ready to deploy whenever needed. In the next months my unit will be deploying to Kuwait and I have been ordered to deploy with them. It is a nine month deployment beginning mid–November, 2017. I am required to report to the Mobilization station at Fort Hood, Texas by the end of this month.

“St. Celestine's has been home for me for the last four years and it will still be my home when I return next year. So, don't be surprised when you don't see me around for the next nine months. I will be back. Please pray for my safety and the safety of all men and women of Armed Forces deployed in combat zones. Keep me in your prayers, you are always in mine. I love you all. Peace!

Fr. Fil

May God bless each of you and bless St. Celestine Parish!

In Prayer,
Fr. Paul Cao