I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the weather today, Monday. I want to thank Jen Rasset and Marie Mavencamp for their great talks on the capital campaign this past weekend. Thank you too once again for all of your support and thank you to our great volunteers.
I’m typing this quickly here, but here is a brief update on what is new around the parish and the Church on Tuesday.
- Today is a good day to begin preparing for this Sunday’s Mass. Readings are found here. Jesus asks Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” Perhaps we can make that our reflection this week and hear Jesus ask us the same words. For Bartimaeus, it was simple, “Master, I want to see.” May we see Christ in all those that we meet this day and every day. Bartimaeus had physical sight given to him, but, more importantly, the Gospel says he immediately followed him on the way; he was given spiritual sight.
- We will have a deanery meeting for priests in our region at the King’s House in Buffalo. We gather every other month or so for lunch and a meeting to discuss matters that are important to the parishes and communities in our region. Each region has a dean who also sits on a “Presbyteral Council” that helps to advise the Archbishop and serve as a vessel of communication.
- There will be a Core Team meeting for the youth group core team members. An optional dinner will be at 5:30 P.M. and the meeting begins at 6:00 P.M. I’m grateful to the youth who make their faith an important priority in their lives and serve on Core Team. It is a major commitment on their part.
- We will have a school advisory board meeting at 7:00 P.M. The school advisory board advises the pastor and principal on the administration of the school. Members are appointed by the pastor. The advisory board is pictured above at the spring auction. Its membership is Mrs. Dawn Kincs, Bob Donnett, Kristi LaTour, Jen Rasset, Adam Goelz, and Erica Elsenpeter. If you have any feedback on the school, as always, feel free to contact any advisory board member or speak with Mrs. Kincs or me directly. I look forward to the meeting tomorrow night to discuss many of the exciting things happening in the school, including the growing preschool, the status of the grant money awarded to us, new technology, the addition project, and much more.
- I thought this was an excellent post by Cardinal Dolan today on the Catholic vision of marriage being a “dream and a dare”. I thought I would share.
- I hope to highlight this more soon, but the deadline is fast approaching for the Appalachia Mission. This is a way great to live out concretely Pope Francis’ and the Gospel’s call to charity for the poor and to live the Gospel of life. Here is an excerpt from the bulletin announcement, “It is once again time to respond to the Appalachian Christmas Program! New gifts and clothing-preferably with tags still on them-are needed for all ages as well as monetary donations for Christmas dinners. The “Shoe Box Mission” is still a great opportunity to provide an all-in-one gift. These shoe boxes can be any size, large or small and should be filled with gifts specific to the child’s age, 2yrs-14yrs. Gifts may be left at the parish office, St. Timothy’s School or text or call Sarah Goelz at 763-516-2283 for other arrangements. Please make all checks out to the Council of Catholic Women. The deadline is October 27th.
As always, there is much more happening behind the scenes and there is the usual schedule of the evening Bible study and other parish activities. Work continues with the capital campaign. Please be open to a phone call from me or a volunteer. I hope all is well. See you soon.