News, Pastor's Note

Pastor’s Note 8/25/19

The weather becomes less and less predictable lately, to the point the official weather reports seem reliable only for a few hours. Relying on one such report threatening with thunderstorms, we postponed the parish picnic scheduled in Lincoln Park last Sunday. We will hold the parish picnic on Sunday, Sept. 15th on the parish grounds, with an outdoor extra Mass at 12:15 pm on the lawn and picnic to follow outside, with the church and Fr. Cotter Hall as rain locations. Summer is usually a much less intense time for parish activities, but not last week. Vacation Bible School(VBS) was in full swing helping deepen the faith of over a dozen of children plus older helpers. Pictures shown on page 5 of the bulletin give a glimpse of the fun prayer time the children and the VBS Team had. We are very grateful to Lucy Stanton for yet another time preparing, organizing, and leading the VBS at our parish, assisted by several adult and teen volunteers. We are nearing the end of the parish and the diocesan fiscal year, ending August 31st. As also indicated by several other parishes, it is very clear by now that the main source of parish income, the Sunday contributions, are visibly down this year. Our parish memorial contributions and rental income are also down. The anticipated new independent Catholic school rental of our buildings has been delayed by a year to 2020. The more detailed report will be presented to the parishioners later this fall. To mitigate the shortages and the operating fiscal deficit we cut some of the operating expenses, reduce paid staff hours, and need to rely more on volunteers to fill in the gaps. After consultation with the parish office staff, starting September 3rd, the parish office hours will be reduced to 9:00 am – noon and 12:30 – 3:00 pm, Monday – Thursdays, and 9:00 am – noon on Fridays. Volunteers will be needed to help with simple office tasks. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the Faith Formation Youth Ministry program on Sunday evenings, starting this September. Specifically, help is needed with monitoring the youth in the gymnasium and during parish provided meal times. Please call the office 834-4282, if interested. Lately we lost yet another great parishioner, Greg Brill, who died after a relatively short illness. Our prayers and sympathy go to Greg’s wife Lisa, his children and family. Greg was very involved in the parish Sunday morning Mass where he lectured. He also ministered as a money counter team leader. May he rest in the eternal peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Have a Blessed Week. Fr. Matt