Saturday, July 26, 2014
I would like to plant a seed of thought: the year 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the current St. Mary Church building. We know that the history of the parish dates back far beyond that time— 1846 is the year of establishment of the community. Nevertheless, it is a rather significant milestone. I have already brought this occasion to the attention of our Parish Pastoral Council. I anticipate that a task force will be established, which will ultimately decide on a fitting series of events and initiatives to tie in with this centennial.
In light of this, I invite parishioners to give prayerful thought to potential appropriate ways to mark this anniversary and to convey these ideas to our council representatives. Since our next formal meeting is not until August, I am including their names and contact email addresses here, to facilitate this process and provide an avenue for respectful communication.
Mary Bartel email@example.com, Chairperson
Tony Gallagher firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Huttinger Shutt2327@embarqmail.com
Terrie Koch email@example.com
David Lohnes firstname.lastname@example.org
Antrison Morris email@example.com
Brian Ritchie firstname.lastname@example.org. Secretary
Ron Scherzinger email@example.com
Kristie Shoulders firstname.lastname@example.org, Vice-chair
Jeanette Stebbins email@example.com
Keith Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Elsie Wilson email@example.com
Speaking of building structures, at last the bid packages for the portico project have gone out. We expect interested bidders to submit their proposals within three weeks. Soon after that, the work will be awarded. I acknowledge that this probably seems quite delayed, but the effort has been there consistently. Please pray for integrity and safety to those who will receive this employment!
Hopefully, by now you have received in the mail a more personal invitation to the parish picnic, coming up on Sunday, August 24, at the Finn Pavilion at upper Christmas Run Park, off of Bowman Street, across from the YMCA building. This year, we plan to have a significant amount of tented shade area, in addition to the permanent pavilion, itself. Those with less mobility will have priority parking available. It is meant to be a relaxed time for us to come together and share the joy of belonging. It would be a great occasion for us to reach out to someone whom we have been missing, who may be self-conscious about “coming into church.” The Lord Jesus, himself, went out to the highways and byways to welcome people to come to the table. May we do the same.
Peace, Fr. Stephen