I hope you had a great weekend. Here is the weekly update with the latest news and events around the parish:
- The big news, of course, is that we reached our capital campaign’s main goal. After collecting further pledges this weekend, we are currently at $1,031,000 pledged. Thank you so much. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. I know some of you have yet to pledge. Please do not let the fact that we have reached our goal deter you. It would be great to reach out stretch goals. Also, we are aware that not everyone who pledges will be able to fulfill their commitments, so it will be extremely helpful to have some additional funds for these projects. I’ll write more about the campaign soon in a specific post, but thank you again and thanks to our co-chairs and volunteers.
- This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. Readings can be found here. This Sunday, we will have a special gift for your family. We ordered a copy of the Magnificat Advent Companion for each family. This is an extremely busy time of the year culturally with shopping, decorating, socials, and more, but it is meant to be a time of quiet, prayerful preparation for Christmas. One small thing that we can do as an individual, family, and parish is do the daily prayers/readings/and devotions from the Magnificat to help us stay focused on what truly matters and to grow spiritually as a person, family, and parish. For those who may not know, the Magnificat is a paperback devotional book that has daily prayers and readings and meditations.
- As mentioned before, we did receive the proof for the directory. There were some problems with the proof – mainly with the appearance in the directory of our submitted photos for those who weren’t able to take an official LifeTouch portrait – and we are working to address them as soon as possible. We still hope to have them to you before Christmas, but there were some unexpected problems in the proof.
- Work on the school continues, as weather allows. The footings have been poured, concrete blocks have arrived, and we hope to have the block for the foundation laid soon. It’s exciting to see the work progressing. I know the children and staff alike are excited whenever a new visitor, truck, or shipment arrives for the project.
- Please pray for Muriel Rasset whose funeral is today, Monday.
- On Wednesday afternoon we will have our Thanksgiving Dance for the school children at the Legion. It’s always a good time for the kids.
- There will be an ecumenical prayer service in honor of Thanksgiving at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the local congregations and clergy. Please join us.
- We will have Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 A.M. If you have plans elsewhere or are unable to attend, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m so grateful to be here.
I think that is it for now. I will likely post a more extensive post on the campaign in the days ahead. Again, have a blessed Thanksgiving. See you soon.