Greetings in Christ!
I gotta tell you, I simply can’t believe how fun and successful our Food Fair was. We are going to set next years date ASAP so we can get the word out to get more cooks in to lose to me and my World Famous Coney Sauce. 🙂
We have closed out the Easter Season and celebrated the Trinity and Corpus Christi…one of the my favorite seasons has come to a close. Now, we enter into a rather longish stretch of Ordinary Time. Every year, I remind us that the Church does not use the word “Ordinary” the way we Americans do. We are using the Latin word for a progression of numbers. Thus, this is the 10th week of Ordinary Time and next week is the 11th, all the way through to the end of the year.
I’ve got a couple things to run by us…
First of all, we will be starting the restoration of our Church floor in the first week of July. Because of all the moving around and adjusting, we won’t be celebrating mass together that week, except for July 4th, when I’ll offer mass at St. Mary at 9:00am.
Our town hall meetings broke down what we will be attempting and how far we hope to stretch our dollars, so I won’t go into that too much. The basic idea is this: we will get new carpet in the area where you all sit and pray during mass (that area is called the Nave), we will be ripping out the platform in front of the communion rail and the elevated area where the altar is. Depending on what we find underneath the altar area, our plan is to restore the original terrazzo/marble flooring. We are also replacing the carpet in the front entryway, and removing the carpet in the sacristy to restore the original wood floor. This is made possible because of your generous response to the Witness to Hope Campaign and I am so excited about it. Because the money is pledged over 3-5 years, we may have to secure a bridge loan from the diocese to take care of the payments that will be due right away. We thought we had qualified for a no interest loan should such a thing pop up, but as it turns out, we didn’t. It’s not that big of a deal, thank God, as the interest on such a diocesan bridge loan is very low.
Please pray that God bless our efforts and help everything to go well. While these restorations are going on, we will pray mass in the Parish Hall.
The second thing I need to run by you concerns our Altar Rosary Society. These marvelous ladies do more for our Parish Family than you can imagine…they take care of our altar linens, pay for various mass needs that pop up, they clean our Church and give their all for us. Usually, they host a large rummage sale to fund their activities throughout the year, but this year our renovation work makes that sale an impossibility. As a result, we are going to take up a second collection for them this summer, on August 4-5. Please be generous to them, they’ve been crazy generous with us.
So that’s what I’ve got for you, beyond a plea for patience and understanding. This summer will be a very challenging stretch for us all and, when we get impatient or irritated with the process and all the accommodations, its a good time to reflect in gratitude for the gift of being able to worship in such a holy, beautiful space.
Over the next couple weeks, I need to submit the bulletins very early and, as a result, they probably won’t be too personal in terms of our schedule, what’s going on, etc. I’ll use those times to let us know what Saints are coming up in the weekly celebrations. It’s always nice to remember our Saints great examples and wonderful prayers.
I pray that God bless our efforts to be His People.