May 12, 2019
A NOTE FROM FATHER DAVID
In today’s Chronicle is a special insert with the names of our First Communicants and those confirmed here at St. Mary this spring. Families consider saving the insert as a memento of your child’s steps of initiation into our Catholic faith. We pray for them, that they may never lose the gift of faith, but continue to grow into it as joyful missionary disciples. We also offer our congratulations to all our parishioners who are graduating from high school in the class of 2019. We invite all our graduates to join us for the 11:30 am mass on Sunday, June 2, followed by a brunch by invitation to their families. Please RSVP to the parish office according to the invitation you received. If you didn’t receive an invitation and are a parish member graduate, contact us as well.
CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL UPDATE As of this writing, we have surpassed $51,000.00 in total pledges/gifts, about 65% of our target for the 2019 campaign. Thank you to the 221 contributors who have helped us to get to this point. I hope that we can hear from more people before summer begins. Help us to do our part in CSA 2019, and help St. Mary benefit with the overage that we receive beyond our targeted amount, to go to our church organ maintenance fund. Please know also that anyone who would like to give to the organ fund can do so separate from the CSA. Make sure your gift is clearly marked for this purpose.
CAN YOU HELP? I stated in an earlier article that I will highlight some specific needs of the parish that parishioners might want to help us to accomplish. One is NEW CARPETING FOR THE SACRISTY OF THE CHURCH. Anyone who goes into the sacristy can see the worn condition of the carpeting, including burn marks from an iron, from charcoal for incense, and unraveling of the carpet itself. We have received a total bid from a reliable local company for $4,963.48, including the steps from the sacristy to the lower level offices. To learn more details or see what we are proposing, contact the parish office and I (or Mike Newcomer) would be happy to talk to you. Thanks for your consideration, whether you are interested in the total project or contributing to cover a portion of it.
OPEN OFFICE HOURS This week I will be in the office on Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:30 pm for anyone who would like to stop by for a visit, questions about the faith or spiritual matters, or to get to know each other better. No need to call ahead.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL SELECTION It is that time of the year when we seek three new members for the parish pastoral council, the chief advisory body to the pastor. I really appreciate the input and work of the council here at St. Mary. The pastoral council consists of nine at large members who have three-year terms. This year the terms of Doug Kuras, Heather Hall, and Anne Zochowski come to an end. Members can serve two consecutive terms. Interested parishioners are asked to talk to a current council member (listed in the Chronicle), talk to me, or come to a meeting to learn about the requirements for membership and duties. Please consider placing your name in as a candidate or ask someone whom you think may be good for the council. Please know that the parish council of St. Mary will remain separate from the council at St. John the Baptist, but there could be collaborating on certain matters. New members will be selected by lot after prayer to the Holy Spirit, one at each of the three masses on Pentecost Sunday, June 9.
PRAY WITH US On Saturday, June 8, I invite everyone to join us for a Pentecost prayer vigil in church from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Having a time to come together as believers to pray on the night before the feast of Pentecost is something that is encouraged by the Catholic Church, though few parishes do it. What better time to come together than when we celebrate our need for the Holy Spirit. In coming together to pray, we follow the example of the eleven apostles who awaited the Holy Spirit, without whom they could not carry out Jesus’ commission to bring the message of the Gospel to all the nations. At our prayer vigil, we will have Scripture readings, music, quiet time, and intercessory prayer for the needs of the Church, world, and our personal lives. Included in our intentions will be the new archdiocesan priests ordained earlier that day, and the transitions taking place among the parishes in the archdiocese, especially those affecting St. Mary and St. John the Baptist as I take over responsibility for St. John the Baptist parish July 1st. We will pray for guidance for me, Fr. Kevin Roelant, Fr. Giancarlo, and Fr. Ray Arwady. We will also pray for our parish staffs, those received into the Church at Easter, and our young people who celebrated Easter sacraments this Easter season.