I hope your week is starting well, and I hope you enjoyed the weather over the weekend. There is certainly a lot happening around the parish. Here is the latest update.
- As I announced this weekend and as you saw in the bulletin, we are excited to announce that Saint Timothy’s will be hosting an exhibit on the Eucharistic Miracles from March 31st to April 3rd in the church basement from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Come learn about 126 different photographically documented Eucharistic miracles around the world where the Lord has shown himself to be truly present in a visible and miraculous way in the Eucharist. Admission is free. This exhibit travels to different parishes and we are blessed to host it here at Saint Timothy’s.
- Tomorrow, we will have some roofing companies looking at the church roof and giving us additional bids and suggestions for the roof repair. After receiving a significant amount of proposals, I will ask the finance council for their recommendations before proceeding with the roof repairs.
- The school addition project is progressing well. It has been a while since we have updated you formally. We now have the in-floor heating system in place, we have tiling in the bathrooms, paint in one of the rooms, doors in place, and much more. We will be adding cabinetry, brick, and more in the days and weeks ahead. Again, I will try to keep you updated, as I’m able in the days ahead. Thanks for your support of this project. The children and teachers are certainly excited to see it come together. We are drawing near to completion in the weeks and months ahead.
- This Friday, we will have a special “Living Stations” in the church performed by our fifth graders. This is the first year that our students will be acting out the stations in this way. These will take the place of our usual 2:00 stations. Please join us and enter into Our Lord’s Passion in this way.
- It’s hard to believe that this Sunday is already Palm Sunday. We have two weeks worth of Lent. This is a good opportunity for us to review how we are doing on our Lenten resolutions and practices and try to “finish strong” in these final two weeks.
- Tonya’s last day in the office formally is this Thursday. I’m so grateful for her generosity and consideration in offering to train our temporary replacement and our long-term replacement. Again, we will miss Tonya and wish her well in her new position. She has been such a huge blessing for our parish and school these last twelve years.
- Karrie Weber has generously agreed to serve as a temporary replacement for Tonya just until we are able to fill the secretary position permanently. I’m grateful for her willingness to do this and help in this way, and it’s a blessing to have someone so qualified be able to step into an important position so that we can keep parish and school operations going smoothly until we can find a long-term replacement. Again, please send any interested candidates my way. They can email or mail their resumes to me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This Thursday, the priests and many lay people will gather at the Cathedral for the Archdiocesan Chrism Mass. There, the Archbishop blesses the oils that are used throughout the year for the anointing of the sick, confirmations, anointing of catechumens and infants for baptism, ordinations, and more.
- Please join us for Stations of the Cross on Friday. Living Stations will be at 2:00 PM and our regular parish stations will be at 7:00 PM.
- We will have a special Mass in honor of Saint Joseph on his feast day, Saturday, March 19th, at 8:00 AM.
- This is also the time of the year for many confessions around the area. If it’s been a while since you have been to confession, please consider receiving God’s infinite love and mercy before Easter.
- It was great to see so many of you at the Shroud presentation. I hope that you enjoyed having these speakers come to the parish. Thank you for attending.
- In case you missed it, I also announced that Debbie Biegler, our director of faith formation, will be retiring in her position at Saint Timothy’s at the end of the year. Again, I’m so grateful for all of her work and service to the parish.
- As always, there is much more happening at the parish, but there is a brief update. I hope all is well, and I hope Lent has been a time of special grace for you and your families.