Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Greetings! God's blessings on our first 2017 Reconciliation class of St. Matthias parish. May you always know our God of love is a God of mercy and forgiveness. I thank the parents of our wonderful parish children for continuing to care for their spiritual growth. I gratefully acknowledge Karyn McGovern, Janet Ross, Patti Jensen, Leila DuShane, Kelly DuShane and Emily Champley for their classroom preparation of our children and for their faith witness to them. May God bless ALL of you!
I thank our parish PILLARS group for a delicious pancake breakfast last Sunday. Thank you for the opportunity you gave our parish to come together and socialize after Mass. The food was great as well as the conversations throughout the gym. Our parish and school participation and support of PILLARS is greatly appreciated.
'Anonymous' has checked in with me about the church kneelers. The cost is $25,000.00 I have been asked to take this a step further and bid out the refurbishing of the pews and our Church floor in the spirit of 'let us get this whole project completed from ceiling to floor.' I will keep you updated as our conversations continue.
We had a second meeting about the Summer festival/block party last week. The date has been changed and is now officially Saturday, July 22. All parish organizations will be asked to help plan and run our Summer festival. I would certainly appreciate it if a representative from each of our parish organizations could attend our Parish Council meeting this coming Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 PM, in our rectory so that we can explain our plans and begin organizing the event. Our next planning meeting will be March 6, at 7 PM here in our Rectory.
Our Rectory Office will be closed on Monday, February 20, for President's Day. We will open on Tuesday at our usual time of 9 AM. Although the office will officially be closed, I will be around and will check voicemail for any emergencies.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. I am delighted that we will be having a Parish Lenten Mission this year. Please see the bulletin for further details.
Since a meeting has not as yet been scheduled with Betsy Bohlen from the Archdiocese to discuss our intent to sell that 1/4th of our east parking lot, there is no update but please be assured, I am working on it.
The Archdiocese's Annual Catholic Appeal, with the theme of "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself", continues next weekend. I will be going through the paperwork a second time just as I did this weekend but at a rather faster pace. This will take place after my short reflection on the Scripture readings for the eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The purpose for the follow-up weekend is participation. The goal is to secure as many participants in this Appeal as possible whether it be 'in- pew' or by mail. As I have said, our Parish goal as given to us by the Archdiocese is $18,982.00. As long as we follow the three weekend process, our parish savings remain intact. Additional weekends thereby serve to gain greater participation for both procedural and charitable purposes. Please see page 2 for the Offertory collection summary, and please look at the 'bottom-line'. On behalf of our Parish's Finance Committee and myself: 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 THANK YOU so very much for ALL the Masses and Prayers for my recovery. God heard them and said YES! The cancer surgeon feels 97% certain that he got all the cancer out of my right hand. The foot surgeon feels very confident that my foot will heal 100%. Percentages such as these have me feeling very, very confident that all is going to be well. So, I thank you so very, very much. Family of St. Matthias, you are wonderful to me and I THANK YOU.
I see where former BEAR linebacker Brian Urlacher is at odds with the 'hair company' that he has been representing for the last few years. Have you seen the ads on the expressways or on TV? It appears that they may be going their separate ways in this breakdown of a working relationship. May I suggest this is another definition of a 'hairline fracture?
Have a good week!