Dear Parish Family,

This weekend, our nation honors all those who have served our nation in the Armed
Forces. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to an
end. Originally celebrated as Armistice Day in 1919, the day was re-named Veterans Day
in 1954 after World War II and the Korean War.

In a special way, this day is an opportunity to thank all living veterans for their service to
the United States. So many of them have seen the horrors of war and many have suffered
physically and emotionally as a result. We owe them a great debt of gratitude for their
sacrifice. If you encounter a veteran or know one, please thank them for their service.
May God protect our troops currently serving in the Armed Forces. May God bring
healing and hope to those who still suffer from the wounds of war.

As you read this letter, I am currently on a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal and Lourdes,
France, among other places. I am with a group of some 40 people from our area. Please
keep our group in your prayers that we might have a safe and spiritually enriching
pilgrimage.

God bless you.

Fr. Dan Redmond