Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Easter season greetings!!!! What wonderful noise around here this morning. The company is here building the scaffolding in church for our painting/washing of the stained glass windows project. YES!!!! YES!!!! We have officially started!!
We are going to have a wonderful weekend next Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday morning we will have our First Holy Communion Mass at 10:30 AM. What a great day for our Second Graders!!! Do you remember your First Communion? I certainly remember mine and that too was on a Saturday morning. My partner was Richard McGrath. And that was way back in May of 1958. So let us keep our First Communicants and their families in our prayers this week on this solemn and grand occasion. On Sunday, May 1st, we will have our annual parish May Crowning. We have encouraged our First Communicants to join us and wear their Communion dresses/outfits. Mary is the first and greatest disciple in our Church. It is so very fitting that we honor Mary in our May Crowning on this wonderful and spiritual day. Please join us in our Marian Feast.
We will celebrate the Anointing of the Sick Mass on Saturday May 7th at 11 AM in our GYM. The anointing itself will be right after my homily. Please make plans to stay with us after Mass for lunch. Please see the bulletin for further details. If you have a loved one who is unable to be with us on the 7th, please let me know and I will be glad to make a house-call.
One last reminder of our special presentation hosted by the Parish Council entitled 'Getting the Conversation Started.' As I have mentioned before, the conversation is about our personal wishes concerning end of life issues. It is so much easier and less tense for all concerned parties if our end of life plans are in writing. Once too often I have observed families in bitter disagreement over such issues. Our presenters are Randi Belisomo, a reporter on WGN TV and Co-Founder of Life Matters Media and Dr. Mary Mulcahy, also a Co-Founder of Life Matters Media and a medical oncologist. I am looking forward to this presentation and hope you can join us. Please mark your calendar for April 25 at 7 PM in the Convent.
As our Painting Project has officially started, our 7:15 AM Mass will be in the Convent library. Thanks to Mark and Karyn, the library has a chapel setting to it. We are going to do our very best to maintain the chapel as a sacred place for the duration of the painting project by scheduling meetings in other locations. Our 8:15 AM Children's Mass on Fridays will be in our gymnasium. The workers from Classic Touch Painting as well as Sandra Rkein's cleaning service will prepare our church for Saturday/Sunday Masses, baptisms, and weddings. I physically delivered the contract for this project last Monday afternoon to the Archdiocese Pastoral Center, much to the amazement of the Administrative Assistant of the Chancellor. She told me this is usually not done. I told her this was important to us and I wanted nothing else to go wrong. About a year ago, I also 'walked' my application to the Pastoral Center applying for the pastorate of St. Matthias with the same thought of preventing mistakes or losing information. Due to your generosity in our RAISE/To Teach Who Christ Is we have now passed the financial breaking point for our church in the painting project. So if you have not yet made a pledge, or would like to make a designated gift to the project that would be great. If you are able to pay off your pledge sooner rather than later, that would also be a great help. And just another reminder, stock transfers are accepted in this campaign. But for now, THANKS EVERYONE!! We have STARTED!!!
And as work has begun on the inside, work will also be done on the outside of our church. If you remember back a few weeks ago, we had that mighty wind storm which caused a good number of shingles to take flight from our church roof. So we contracted the Marshall Roof Company, frequently employed by the Archdiocese, to do the replacement and repair. The charge will be based on time and material.
I received a print-out from the Archdiocese concerning the recent survey conducted by the Archdiocese entitled 'Renew My Church'. Without names, of course, we had thirteen parishioners respond to the survey. No one requested a paper copy so the thirteen responded electronically. There were somewhat over 20,000 respondents in all. We have not received a summary of the responses yet. I will share them with you when they become available.
Please check the bulletin for the Offertory summary from last week. On behalf of our Parish Council and myself, we thank you for your generosity. I thank you for all that you do for our Family of St. Matthias. I pray for you everyday.
I noticed that one of our local colleges had a Reptile Exhibit. I heard they were disappointed with the turn-out. Probably the rain, the sleet, and cold weather didn't help their cause. One could say that they were 'snake-bitten' by the weather.
Have a good fifth week of Easter.