NEWS FROM THE LAKE
Weekly Newsletter, 08/19/23 No. 4
May the Lord give you His peace!
It is my fondest hope that you are all healthy and growing in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Each day Brian and I remember you in our prayers, several times throughout the day.
A good part of our day here is prayer. Besides the seven times a day that we stop to pray the Divine Office (the Official Prayer of the Church), we also pray two silent Holy Hours and the daily Rosary.
It is our prayer that consecrates the day and allows the praises of God to arise from the shores of Lake Vonda. Here God is praised and adored and loved.
We also try to keep a sense of silence so that we can hear the voice of God as He continually whispers and speaks of His love for us.
Sometimes He speaks through the beauty of creation, other times through our meditation of the passion of Christ, while often He speaks in the quiet reflection on His most holy Word.
How important it is for all of us to take that time to shut things off, sit quietly and allow the Good Lord to speak to us in the silence of our hearts. Ronald Reagan used to be called "The Great Communicator". Yeah, he was good at communicating his message. But the Lord is truly the "Great Communicator" as He continually communicates His message of Love, Mercy and Truth.
He is Mercy!
He is Love!
He is Truth!
Speaking of communicating, here is this weeks News From the Lake;
1. After celebrating the Holy Mass, the Sisters of Divine Grace, Brian and I drove off to Hanceville, Alabama for a couple of days. We were able to visit the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, EWTN Studios, and the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word.
2. As part of our trip, we were able to attend the Sodality of the Eucharist Day at the Shrine. It was a day of reflection on the Holy Eucharist that they do every third Thursday of the month. There is Mass, breakfast, a conference, confessions and a Eucharistic Healing Service. If their October Speaker does can't commit, they asked me to take his place. I'll let you all know if I am going back for the October Sodality Day to speak. If I do, it would be wonderful to have you all along for the ride.
3. I finally put up some curtains in the Conference Room. Nothing too fancy, just Walmart specials. We needed the curtains because of the light, but it also does help with the privacy. Sometimes, often, it felt like we were living in a fishbowl.
4. We ordered enough solution for the well to last us for six months, or dare I hope. John and I still have to figure our how to get the timer readjusted so that we can slow down the usage of the solution.
5. We are still waiting on the insurance company. Nothing yet...hopefully soon. Please keep that in prayer since we really need it so that we can get started on various work projects.
6. I contracted some locals to get the roofing work done on the pavilion and the bathhouse. They should be starting the work at the end of August.
7. PROGRAMMING NOTE; MONDAY, AUGUST 21st, THE MASS AT THE ROSES OF LA SALETTE CHAPEL WILL BE AT 6:00pm. I have to go out of town on Monday (I have to get my windshield replaced in Germantown). But I will be back for the Mass in the evening. On Thursday we will return to the normal 7:45am Mass. -Mass every Monday and Thursday at 7:45am.
8. Some of you have asked if there is any way that you could assist me personally with any of my personal needs. I deeply appreciate you asking, that is very kind and I am humbled by your care! And I am very grateful that you've asked. As most of you know I do not receive a salary from Roses of La Salette. The Foundation provides my room. Brian's income from his disability has been covering our food and some other expenses. If I have a parish Mission, or parish help out or a retreat, I am usually financially compensated. However, parish work is slow over the summer and life is getting more expensive. With all that being said, if anyone would like to help me and Brian personally, we could always use food or perhaps a gift-card that can be used for gas or other needs. I am a poor friar, and I like being a poor friar, and so I am extremely grateful for any assistance that you would like to give.
Well, that is all this week (It's hot, it's summer, it's slow).
Thank you all for your constant care and you continuous support.
Please don't forget about our Social Night coming up October 28th.
Have a Blessed Week!
I entrust you into the loving and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Your brother in Christ Jesus,
Fr David Mary
ROLS SOCIAL NIGHT
INFORMATION ON THE HOME FOR WOMEN
MONDAY, AUGUST 28TH
6:30 PM TILL 8:30 PM