I hope all is well with you, and I hope you had a great weekend. Here is what is new around the parish and school.
- We’ll start with the most significant news. I’m happy to announce that we have the building permit in-hand for the classroom addition project. The view of the school from highway 55 will soon be changing as work begins. We will need to wait until the workers are available before we can break ground, but we’re excited to have the permit and have all of the necessary permissions to begin. Thank you for your support and patience for this project. It will be a great blessing for our school, faith formation, and entire parish community.
- As always, begin your preparations early for Mass this weekend. Pray with the readings here. We will celebrate All Saints Day this Sunday. This is, of course, a great time to remind your children about the original purpose and meaning behind Halloween as “All Hallow’s Eve”. We have the customs that we do on Saturday because we celebrate a great feast day on Sunday, honoring all of the saints in heaven.
- Some of you have asked about the news on the synod in Rome on the family. It has made the news in different capacities, especially as some commentators try to read various things into the interviews and texts released so far. A synod is a gathering of bishops called by the Pope to advise him on a certain topic so that he can best lead the Church. They are called regularly. Pope Francis called this synod on the family. The bishops have gathered, discussed, and proposed a summary of their discussions to the Holy Father. Now, it is up to him to decide what to say or publish based on the synod’s discussions. It is wise to wait until we can read the entire text that the Pope publishes and read it within the larger context. It will be a great reflection on marriage and family life, I’m sure.
- Thanks again for your support of our school in the Marathon. The children had a wonderful lock-in on Friday and had a great time.
- On Saturday, some of our youth attended Archdiocesan Youth Day. It is a gathering of the youth around the Archdiocese so that they can be inspired in their faith and witness that they are part of a much larger group of young people, alive and on fire with the faith.
- Tuesday will be a relatively routine day in the parish. Personally, I look forward to catching up on a lot of office work Tuesday and throughout the week since it’s relatively light on the “hard calendar”. I mention that here only because I know I owe many of you an email or phone call, as I am very behind in some of those behind the scenes matters. Thanks for your patience.
- In case you missed it in my last blog post, here is the statement from the Archdiocese on the latest news regarding Father Huberty. The following is what I said earlier, “Since I know some of you have asked about it already, I’m sure you saw the latest news about our former pastor, Father Mark Huberty. Here is a link to the official Archdiocesan press release in case you missed it. Since I know little more than you do on the matter, I would just say that we pray, of course, for a just outcome and pray for all those involved. He is being temporarily removed from public ministry while the canonical process proceeds. There was enough evidence to support moving forward with this process and to remove him temporarily from ministry. Similar to a legal trial, it is saying that there is enough evidence to move forward with the process. However, there is no statement yet about guilt or innocence. As you know, Father Huberty was acquitted of the civil charges last year. The process now is to determine whether there was a serious offense committed under canon law, which is the law that governs the Church, independent of whether there were any civil convictions.”
I hope you have a great day. See you soon.