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Notes from Father Bill

On July 6th the Blessing of the Boats took place in Aurora. For the third year in a row the weather became a real concern. This year it looked very doubtful as storms mounted all around the lake. At 5:00 p.m. it was raining hard and thunder could be heard and lighting seen across the lake. By 5:30 p.m. the rain was letting up and one brave kayaker was in the water.

Posted on July 12, 2019


Few people had arrived by then other than volunteer workers, but a trace of blue shy started to appear.  By 6:00 p.m. the rain subsided and soon a number of kayaks and boats began circling in the water.  Each year when we have the Blessing of the Boats we read the gospel passage from Matthew of Jesus calming the Sea of Galilee.  Well we thank God for calming Cayuga Lake just in time to do this year’s blessing!  I was surprised at how many trusting people came out for the event in spite of the weather. There must have been two hundred people present!  When the picnic began it started to rain lightly again making the band scurry for cover, but few people seemed to be bothered by the rain that brought relief after the hot weather we had that week.  The Band kept playing on after they were provided a tent covering and the rain stopped completely leading to a delightful social gathering for all.  A special thanks to John Miller for organizing this special Aurora event.  Thanks again to God for calming the storms.  May God calm all the storms in our lives.

Our Parish Cemeteries  

Work is continuing on our five parish cemeteries using the grant money we received from Holy Sepulchre Cemetery for various projects in our cemeteries. This week at St. Patrick Cemetery in Aurora work began on an extension of the driveway giving us an entrance into and exit out of the cemetery.  Driveway projects have also been completed at OLOL Cemetery and St. Bernard Cemetery.  Tree removal work has been done in St. Michael Cemetery and St. Patrick Cemetery, Moravia.   Work straightening headstones is still in progress as are a few other projects.  Hopefully all projects will be completed this summer.  We thank Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Board for the grand funds in support of our cemeteries and other cemeteries throughout the diocese.  Thanks as well for your support and financial donations to our cemeteries.


Vacation Bible School

will take place on August 5 - August 8 at St. Patrick’s, Aurora,      9:30 a.m. to Noon.  The Theme of this year’s VBS is “Splash Canyon” It is a great experience for our youth and   children.  Hope to see you there!  God bless you,

Father Bill


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