Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Greetings! I am pleased and delighted to share with you that we have hired Eileen M. Sullivan as our new "Director' of our Upper School. Sheila Klich and Eileen Sullivan will be known now as Directors. Ms. Sullivan's last Principal assignment was at St Raymond de Penafort in Mount Prospect. Prior to St. Raymond's, Ms. Sullivan was Principal at St. Mary of the Annunciation School in Mundelein. Ms. Sullivan also has had some past experience in High School Administration. I am impressed with Ms. Sullivan's Educational Background with Master's of Art, Educational Administration and a Master of Arts, Sports Administration. How about that Sport Fans!!! And a Bachelor of Science, Physical Education. Ms. Sullivan also has had some experience in Grant-writing. I also like Ms. Sullivan's personality, very friendly, spirited and out-going. I was able to witness to Ms. Sullivan's administration skill set as the 3 of us met with the Director of the Dank House. I felt Eileen asked some very good questions. And a particular two got my attention. Eileen asked if we could put Crosses there. The answer is yes during the School Day and take them down at the end of the day. Same question about the American Flag, and the answer again was yes but no need to take it down at night. I asked then about a Sox flag but I was told: don't push it' saying that with a smile from the Director. And on the walk home, Eileen was sharing with Sheila and myself that we can do this, we can do that. Eileen would like to do a meet/greet as soon as possible. I can see already that Eileen will have the best interest of our Students in our heart. I am excited to have Ms. Sullivan with us . I have a very positive feeling, a very good feeling about having Eileen as our New Director. So in your Name and mine WELCOME MS. EILEEN SULLIVAN to St. Matthias. We are glad to have you with us! I thank Jay Sharp (Chair) and all who were on the Interview/Search Team for all their time and efforts in filling this position. I thank you all!
I thank Sandra Rkein and her Daughter, who donated their time and the time of their Cleaning Company to dust all the ledges in our Church, of there are many. They also scrapped all the gum from our pews. I thank the two of you for your hard, good and generous work for us.
I, along with Karyn McGovern had a wonderful meeting last week with one or two Heads of each Parish Organization. What a delightful Group. Each Representative(s) gave me a brief summary of what their Group is about, meeting times etc. I found all of this quite helpful and enlightening and giving me more of a prospective on our Parish. The major outcome of our meeting together is that we are starting up a St. Matthias Parish Council. This Group will meet again in September, September 10th actually to continue to plant the seeds in forming our Council. I really like the energy and enthusiasm of this Group so our Parish Council should be up and running in a timely manner. This Group made some very good suggestions so our Council will work to do once it gets started. Some of the suggestions were to have more combined School and Religious Education Activities. It was also suggested to bring back the Ministry of Care Ministry as well as a St. Vincent de Paul Society. It was also suggested we should look for Permanent Deacon Candidates within our Parish. And also was suggested which I have heard at other Parish meetings, we need new Leadership. So I thank ALL who came last week to this meeting. I really appreciated your time. For me, it was quite a productive meeting with many positive result.
I also, along with Stuart Boldry, met with our Finance Committee. We discussed Parish Finances, Buildings etc. I will say more about this meeting next week but 2 immediate goals were to get the budget finalized and then publish it for you to read in our bulletin here. The 2nd immediate goal is new membership especially having one Member of our School Board join our committee. More on this meeting next week.
Our next planning meeting for the Friends of the Grape is this Monday the 27th at 7PM in 'the Garden' weather permitting. Please another reminder that our Events are on Friday October 2nd and on Sunday October 4th. I hope that you will put these dates on your calendar and join us. I am looking forward to it.
A summary of last week's Offertory collection can be found on page 2. I thank you for your generosity. I thank you for all your Volunteerism that is done for our Parish Family.
I thank you for your continued Welcoming spirit towards me. I am feeling 'at-home' already in just a few short weeks. I thank you. I pray for you everyday.
I had a house-salad recently at a restaurant. The dressing had a peculiar but good taste to it. I asked the waiter what was in it and he said there was 'fig' mixed in with it. I haven't had fig in long time. No wonder I could not 'fig'ure it out. Have a good week. It is great to be here!