Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Summer Greetings! As you know I am on vacation this week. Please know that I am praying for you every day even while I am gone.
Monsignor Jim Kaczorowski, Pastor of Queen of Angels and our local Dean, is on 'pastoral watch' over our parish while I am away. So if any pastoral concerns or issues arise, the 'good Monsignor' will take care of them. And when he is gone on his vacation, I will do likewise for him. As you know, the weekend Masses are all covered as is our 7:15 AM daily Mass.
In your name and mine, I welcome Fr. Tom Donaldson to our parish for our weekend Masses. Fr. Donaldson is a Redemptorist priest currently residing at St. Michael's Church in Chicago. Fr. Donaldson is a well known speaker and part of his priestly ministry is leading parish retreats. Welcome Fr. Tom!
Next weekend, our parish will be participating in the annual Archdiocesan Summer Mission Appeal. Our guest presider and preacher is Fr. Elias Kinoti Kithuri representing the Diocese of Meru in Kenya. There will be a second collection next weekend on behalf of the Meru Diocese. Envelopes can be found at all entrances to our church for this special collection.
I am glad to report that both Classic Touch Painting Company and Argo Electric Company were both paid this week. There is way too much 'red-tape' coming from downtown involving payment to our vendors who have done competent and creative service and who deserve a just wage. Before phase #2 starts in our church, I want to meet with 'downtown' and discern the nature of these complications in paying vendors in a timely and just manner. Phase #2 of our painting project will begin in mid-Fall. We are getting a new title floor in our Sacristy washroom. It was badly needed. We are using the same company (Nationwide Floor and Window Coverings) that remodeled the other church washroom.
Rosary and Rosé is fast approaching on Tuesday, August 9th. Please come and pray with us beginning at 7 PM in our rectory garden.
Theology on Tap concludes this Wednesday, July 27 at Mrs. Murphy's and Sons at 3905 N. Lincoln. The session begins at 7 PM with the topic: 'I Came as a Guest and You Received Me'. It is a summary of the Christian practice of hospitality. It sounds like to me as though the topic is based on last weekend's readings of Abraham and Sarah, Martha and Mary. The presenters are Kelley and David Dawson. Our Parish was one of the sponsors of this wonderful program for our young adults.
I hope you noticed the new Offertory collection updates. We now have 90 parishioners using Give Central. Our weekly collections average $5,400 per week in the fiscal year of 2016. That is an increase of $200.00 per week. On behalf of our Finance Committee and myself, I thank you. We thank you for this week's Offertory collection. As is in last week's Bulletin, we will show the financial report with a comparison of total collections to date with the amount needed to balance our budget.
As I shared in the opening of our bulletin, even though I am away, I am praying for you every day.
We had a number of vacuums dropped off at our rectory. I thank you. I never knew how much a vacuum cost until we priced them out. I guess I have been living 'in a vacuum' without even knowing it.
Have a good week.