Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Summer Greetings! THANK YOU!!!! As of this writing, our special fund to finish the painting of the church and washing of the stained glass windows is at $79,030.00. THANK YOU. You will be glad to know, as am I, the painting company and the scaffolding company have been paid for their welldeserved first round of work. On this past Monday I hand delivered the second payment to the pastoral center at the Archdiocese downtown. I didn't want any more delays caused by confusion or miscommunication. As soon as these two companies receive their checks (again, thanks to your generosity), then we will have a vendors meeting to set up a new timeline to begin and complete phase two. There are no weddings scheduled after September 17. Our next wedding is December 3. I am booking weddings now beginning in mid-February through December of 2017. Hopefully, these two companies will have time to be on site here in those last weeks of September until December 2. I have been told that the remainder of the project will take six weeks. As you noticed, the scaffolding is gone now until the agreed upon start-up date. I will keep you informed. In the meantime, I THANK YOU!!!!
Due to the 4th of July holiday, there will be no 4 PM Mass on Sunday July 3. The 4 PM Mass will resume on Sunday, July 10. Mass on the 4th of July will be at 9 AM.
We had a wonderful first meeting planning for our annual Friends of the Grape event. Please save the date of Sunday October 2. A lot was accomplished at our initial meeting with many sub-committees being formed. We need more volunteers to help us with this wonderful and enjoyable event whether it be in the planning stages or on the day itself or both. Our next meeting will be this week, Wednesday, at 7 PM in the rectory garden. I hope that you can join in the planning stages as a participant in one of our sub-committees. If you are unable to come and want to be on our planning committee, please call me 506-2191 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once again, please save the date of Sunday, October 2.
year of 2016-2017. Forms are available here in our rectory or can be downloaded from our website at www.stmatthiaschicago.org.
Our wonderful St. Matthias School never closes in terms of admissions. So please contact our Admissions Director, Carmen White, at 784-0999 or via the email at: :email@example.com. Carmen will gladly answer any of your questions and will be more than happy to give you a tour.
I didn't want Archbishop Cupich to think I was talking behind his back with my ranting and raving last week, so as I walked in the payout request for part two of the painting project, I also walked in a copy of my letter from last week's bulletin with a cover letter for him. I put it in a separate envelope with his name on it marked personal. I needed to share my frustrations with him in writing about this process of consolidation of parishes, especially the time consumption.
Theology on Tap involves four Wednesday evening sessions combining both a speaker and follow-up conversation for young adults in their 20's and 30's, married or single, and begins on July 6, at Mrs. Murphy and Sons. All sessions begin at 7 PM. The final date is July 27. The first session is entitled, 'Not just Red and Blue: Engaged Issues from Catholic Social Teaching.' Our parish of St. Matthias is financially supporting this very important series.
Please see page 2 for the summary of the Offertory collection from last week. On behalf of our Finance Committee and myself, I thank you for all that you do for our Family of St. Matthias.
As I started with a thank you, I for sure, want to end with a THANK YOU. Realizing that perhaps a good number of our parishioners will not be in town next weekend due to the 4th of July holiday, I want to say THANK YOU for my first year here. On July 4th, I will be completing my first very happy year here. I am indeed very happy to be here and I look forward to being here for many more happy years to come. As I tell my family members and my friends, I have landed on my feet at St. Matthias Parish!!!! There is no other parish I'd rather be in right now than here!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!!
I pray for you everyday.
I see where McDonald's is bringing their head-quarters back to the City of Chicago including their famous McDonald's University. I betcha in that University they give you a lot 'food for thought'. It is great to be here and have a good week.