Rev. James Glasgow As you know Fr. James Glasgow has left the parish and is preparing to travel back to Rome for his last year of studies. He will return back to the Archdiocese mid-year next and be assigned to a parish. Please continue to pray for him, the newly ordained and those discerning a call to priesthood. You will see a poster in the vestibule of the Church with all the seminarians pictured.
Parish Survey There is still time to return the parish survey sent out by direct mail and email. In order to make the best decisions we need as many responses as possible, the due date for returns is Friday September 25. Thank you for all those who have already responded. http://www.annunciationdc.org/parish-survey.html
Financial Report On October 6, 2020 we will have a Finance Council Meeting, following the meeting we will be sending out the Financial FY 2019-2020 financial report of the parish. As you probably know this will show a significant reduction in the amount of income the parish expected to receive from March through June. I encourage you to please make any financial contribution that you would have made to the parish and did not, due to the pandemic. You can send any donation to the parish or electronically through Faith Direct. https://membership.faithdirect.net/DC43 Thank you.
Capital Campaign and Building Project This week we have put out to Bid the project to add the addition onto the Parish Center, including an elevator, internal stairway, renovated restrooms, and new spaces. We are allotting 5 weeks for the bidding process. We have also submitted the Architectural Drawings for permits to the District of Columbia. We have installed a new Grease Trap, did a lead paint inspection and met the required fees of the Architect at this point in time. We have spent $120,696.36 and have on hand $872,119.76. In November we will go to the Archdiocese of Washington and present the chosen contractor and seek their approval and blessings. We will then have a good idea of construction costs, when the construction will begin and the time line for completion. Please continue to join me in supporting this fund by fulfilling and or extending your pledge so the project may be completed and paid for in 2021. We welcome all new parishioners and friends who have not contributed to this campaign. Please contact the Parish Office for information on how you can become involved.
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time One of the most powerful experiences I have had as a priest, is when a man in the midst of dying said he wanted to become a Catholic. His wife of 50+ years was a faithful Catholic, raised their 6 children as Catholic and worked for several Catholic Parishes sharing the faith. She had worked many years in the vineyard of the Lord. Here her husband is coming in the evening of life, to be one with Jesus. She could not be any happier! Her prayers and witness all throughout their marriage were being answered. He received Confession, Confirmation, the Eucharist and the Anointing of the Sick and Dying. Several weeks later he went home to the Lord. The Lord is incredibly generous. Whether we have been long serving or have come to the Lord only recently He is welcoming and rejoices, as the Spirit of God works in each one of us. Are we willing to remain faithful to the Lord Jesus and the Catholic Church and in doing so draw others into the fullness of life? There is no way of getting around it, the Lord’s ways are not our ways, but can we make our ways, the way of the Lord? Yes it is possible, by following His call in our lives and trusting in His providence for us. The Lord seeks us out: morning, noon, evening and night; are we willing to accept His generosity?