Dear Family of St. Matthias,
I want to thank our Friends Chairs Gerry and Ana Winters and our Events Weekend Planning Committee for this past weekend. I had a great, great time meeting many of you for the first time and getting to know some of you even better. It was a great pastoral and social event in addition to all the delicious food and beverages. The auction was fun to watch as was observing the generosity of people willing to help us financially with our church and school while likewise enjoying the auction process. I was not at the Craft Event but the feedback I received was all very positive. An enjoyable time was apparently had by all. Again, to Ana and Gerry and all the Events Weekend Planning Committee members, I THANK YOU! Please appreciate that this Planning Committee started meeting initially in Spring, then bi-weekly, and finally weekly as the event neared. Additionally, between meetings, members of the committee visited restaurants, shops and retailers to encourage support of the event. Many, many hours went into the planning of this event. I thank our donors both near and far for their generosity in helping to make this weekend such a success. I thank our musicians for sharing their time and talents. And to ALL our participants, I THANK YOU for attending and for your generous participation. And so to ALL OF YOU-I THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!
We will share with you a financial summary of these events as numbers become available . And we will also share with you the distribution of the monies raised. THANK YOU!
Speaking of wine, I recently saw in the paper that a certain winery told its employees that anyone caught gossiping about what they heard their customers talking about in the aisle would be fired. In other words, they were told to 'put a cork in it'.
Our hope is that by the end of the month we will be able to publish a fiscal year financial summary in our bulletin. Stuart, our Parish Finance Manager, has done a lot of tedious work in preparation for publication. And Stuart for that, I thank you.
In case you were wondering, last Saturday we had a very good turnout of pets for the St. Francis of Assisi blessings. We had mostly dogs of various sizes, not to mention a few stuffed ones, some cats, turtles, birds, fishes and other stuffedanimal pets. It was very enjoyable and the pastor didn't even come close to being bit.
There are two prayerful events today celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. In our Parish beginning at 6PM there will be an Holy Hour with Mary including an indoor Procession of Icons and Mass following at 7PM. The Archdiocese is also sponsoring an Our Lady of Fatima Event beginning at 2:15PM with Mass, benediction and the rosary at Holy Name Cathedral located at 800 North State.
Included in our bulletin this weekend is a letter from our Archbishop concerning the changes that will be coming to our Archdiocese in the next 16 to 24 months. At one time, there were 700+ priests available to be pastors. That number is now 400 and shrinking weekly. Some priests either cannot be pastors or choose not to be. We have 360 Parishes within the Archdiocese to be served. We have been told no decisions have been made and that the conversation will continue with priests, the deacon community, and parish pastoral leaders in an effort to gather as much information as possible so that informed decisions can be made. Our next priest meeting is scheduled for November 5th. We are in the process of the annual 'October Count' of Mass attendees. Mass attendance has been down 24% within our Archdiocese and surrounding communities.
A reminder to our Parish Council Members, we do meet this week on Thursday the 15th at 7PM in our rectory. If any parishioner has any concerns, ideas or suggestions for us, please call me at 506-2191 or via the E-Mail at: email@example.com and I will bring it to our table for discussion and someone will respond back to you in kind.
On Monday October 12th the major relics of St. Maria Goretti will be on display at St. John Cantius Church located at 825 N. Carpenter from 6AM. Mass will be celebrated at 7:30PM and the relics will once again be displayed until 6AM on Tuesday.
The summary of last weekend's Offertory collection can be found on page 2. I thank you for your generosity. I thank you for ALL that you do for our Family of St. Matthias.
I pray for you everyday.
Did you see where someone stole the Pope's bottled water last week right from where he was sitting? Who says enthusiasm can't be bottled-up?
Have a good week. And one more THANKS to the Winters and our Grape Event Weekend Planning Committee.