July 14 , 2019
I am so grateful and humbled by everyone who sent me a card, offered prayers or personal affirmation, or a tangible gift as I observed my 25th anniversary of priestly ordination. It is an honor and joy to be a pastor, though there are many challenges to being a spiritual leader in the early 21st century. I couldn’t have imagined how things would change in the world (especially with technology), and in the life of the Church in 25 years when I was prostrate on the floor of the cathedral in 1994. I have been so blessed to be touched by the people God has sent into my life. Thank you for being a part of my journey and vocation. Maybe there are some men in the parish who may feel the call to be a priest. Those who have the call need lots of affirmation and support. The other priests and I am happy to offer this support to anyone who may have thought about the priesthood or have questions or would like to have a conversation. Please know that you can contact us at any time to set up a conversation.
CSA SUPPORT PROGRESSES I am so thankful to everyone who has continued to respond to the 2019 Catholic Services Appeal. As of this writing, we are at 78% of our target of $78,846.00. This is excellent, considering that our target is over $7,000.00 higher than the 2018 CSA. So, we are about $17,000.00 from our target. Could you consider helping us if you haven’t yet responded? If you have any questions or lost your initial information, you may call the parish office or even give online. To give online, go to www.aod.org. From there, go to “Being Catholic”, drop down to “ways to give”, and go to “Catholic Services Appeal”. You will see a green box saying, “give online now”. Follow the instructions from there. We do get a report from the archdiocese of all online giving, so that it goes toward our target, as long as you indicate the name of the parish.
THANK YOU RECEIVED I received a note in the mail from the SMCC students who went on the Kentucky mission trip. It says: “Dear Father David…We want to sincerely thank you and St. Mary parish for your donations and prayerful support. This is what makes our service trip possible. We want to bring hope to the people in Harlan and your assistance helps to make that happen. Thank you again.” It was signed by 22 students.
ANOTHER THANK YOU I am happy to report that we have the cost of new carpeting for the church sacristy covered by generous parishioners, as well as from memorial gifts to the parish. We are looking to update the plans to include some tile flooring in front of the counter and sink areas in the two sides of the sacristy, so as to have better wear in those busy areas. We will proceed on this project, and keep you posted. I have been asked for another need of the parish that has been identified. It is replacing of the carpeting in the parish office, which is also a high traffic area. There are two bids that are for two different kinds of carpeting, and a final decision has not been made. One bid is just over $4,300.00 and the other is just over $5,300.00. If you are interested in helping us out with this project, or want more information, please contact us at the parish office. Thanks for your consideration.
WELCOME TO FATHER KEVIN ROELANT Last weekend, we began a new chapter in the Catholic faith life in the city of Monroe as I became pastor of St. John the Baptist and we welcomed Fr. Kevin Roelant as associate pastor of both St. John and St. Mary. Last weekend both of us were at St. John to meet people there. This weekend is Fr. Kevin’s first time here at St. Mary on a Sunday. Next Sunday we will have a welcome reception for Fr. Kevin in the PLC following the 9:30 mass. He will offer the 9:30 mass. Please feel free to stop by for refreshments and fellowship even if you don’t go to the 9:30 mass. Fr. Kevin will be able to stay and visit with people, since he doesn’t have another mass until the Spanish mass at 2:00 pm. Continue to pray for the four of us priests as we minister to the people of St. Mary and St. John the Baptist and transition into a new relationship between the parishes, but also build on the collaboration that includes St. Michael parish as well.