Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Greetings! As we are now in the 'Ordinary Time of Year' Church Season, please allow me to say THANK YOU to ALL who made our Christmas Celebrations so festive and joyful. I felt we had a wonderful Christmas Season from our Liturgies, to the Seasonal decorative look of our Church plus celebrating our first Christmas in our newly painted Church THANKS to the generosity of you, our Parishioners. Thanks to ALL our Ministers who helped us to pray and served us in so many Ministerial ways around the altar. THANK YOU ONE and ALL!! And thank you my dear Parishioners for my gift of the celebrant's chair. A very touching, thoughtful and generous gift-THANK YOU!
We enter now into the Ordinary Time of our Church Year until March 1st, which is Ash Wednesday. The short definition of Ordinary Time is to keep the spirit going from the prior Solemn Feast which is in this case, Christmas. So let us all do our best to keep sharing the gift of time with others, the sharing of our giftedness and talents for the common good. So let’s keep sharing the Gift of Jesus Christ in our active and compassionate love of others whom we know and others that we do not know. As the saying goes, it will be the GIFT that keeps on giving!
Thanks to Mark, the Convent library where we celebrate our Daily Mass at 7:15am Monday through Thursday, has really become a Chapel. There is indeed a spirit of holiness in there now. We ask Parish Organizations not to use the Chapel for meetings anymore, acknowledging the Sacredness of the room. And we ask Parishioners who have been renting out the Convent for family parties to please use just the dining room/ kitchen for your festivities. I thank Everyone for your cooperation. Thanks Mark for your time and efforts in making us a 'Day-Chapel'.
Thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of our Anonymous Donor, there was an added $5,000.00 gift to the matching program which brings the final total to: $106, 296.00. One of our School Families shared a part of an inheritance that they have received-how thoughtful, nice and generous.. THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!! to our DONOR and to ALL who have generously participated in this matching program. And we also had Parishioners ask their Families and Friends to participate and they did! And all of this generated that wonderful and generous total of: $106,296.00 THANK YOU!
The above is the great news and now comes the not so great news. The land swap between us and the new owners of the Western Avenue property has fallen through. They have withdrawn their interest in such a deal of a land swap. They felt that we were over-valuing our land even though we had an outside company access the worth of our parking lot and felt we undervalued their land. We, meaning ourselves and the Construction company met twice with Alderman Patrick O'Connor in his Office at a neutral site trying to make a deal/trade but they have made it known in writing that they are no longer interested in a land swap. I am disappointed because I really thought this was going to happen and a lot of time and energy was spent in trying to negotiate a deal. And now to come up empty. We do know that they paid $330,000 for the land and wanted $450,000 for it. I was really hoping to come to a win/win situation in negotiations but they were the ones to call it all off. We will explore other options now and I will keep you updated. What a disappointment.
We are getting bids on the restoration of our 4 murals at this point. There are only two local studios that do this kind of specialized work. I should have both bids in at the end of this week and will share the 'bottom line' with you next week. And as I shared last week, we have some anonymous Donors that, if financially possible, will pick up the cost of either re-furbishing our kneelers or purchasing new ones. Both Mark and I are meeting with bidders on this project. There are not too many local Vendors that do this sort of work either. As in above, I will keep you updated.
One last reminder that our Men's Club are sponsoring a Sock -Hop next Saturday the 21st starting at 7pm in our gym. ALL Age Groups are invited to come. Please see page 4 for further information.
Please see page 2 for the Offertory collection summary from last week. On behalf of our Parish Finance Committee and myself, I thank you for your continued generosity. I thank you for all that you do for our Family of St. Matthias.
I will be gone starting this Friday the 20th after our Children's Mass for my annual Winter-Madness party with my friends in Milwaukee. I will return on Monday the 23rd in the afternoon. Fr. Donaldson whom you may remember from the magazine drive over the summer will be here for Sat at 5PM and on Sunday for 8am and 10:30am. Fr. Zimmer will be here for the 4pm Mass. Fr. McNalis will be here on Monday the 23rd for the 7:15am Mass. Whether I am at home with you here at St. Matthias or away, I Pray for you everyday.
The rectory will be closed on Monday the 16th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. We will re-open on Tuesday at 9am.
Did you read about the thief who was easily tracked down and arrested? He left his license plate at the scene of the crime. As Scripture says: Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth.
Have a good week!