Dear Parish Family,
First a disclaimer: Those of you attending Mass Sunday October 30th found a flyer on your car windshield. No one asked or received permission to post flyers on cars parked in our private parking lot. Over the years there have been many requests from businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and political campaigns to place fliers on cars during Mass. I have always said “no”. As church we need to remain neutral regarding any and all organizations. Besides, coming to church should be a “safe place” free from promoting products and services. Again, no one has permission to target our cars on private church property.
Update on renovations: Some of you noticed the Sacred Heart symbol above the tabernacle. I didn’t mention it with the hope that some of you, as you did, let me know that you saw it and asked how long it has been there. It was placed there Tuesday evening October 25th and was given by the Claro family in Memory of Francisco “Chico” Claro. We will have a formal dedication in the days ahead.
We are still waiting for the new windows for the new reconciliation room and parlor (old reconciliation room) and the information booth doors to come in. They are on order. As soon as they do arrive they will be installed and those three rooms completed. We are still waiting for prices on the front doors and the side door entry way.
We have accepted the bid for the updated fire alarm system. An advanced addressable fire alarm panel, pull stations, heat detectors, horns and strobes are all on order and will be installed as soon as everything arrives. The contract has been awarded to North East Fire and Safety of Bellingham.
We seem so close to finishing this third stage of renovations. No one wants to see it complete more that the buildings and grounds team and me. Patience is required from all of us. It is wonderful to feel and hear the pride of the community as our church is transformed. More surprises to come as we wait for the finishing touches.
P.S. The results of the survey are in: Masses on Christmas Eve will be at 4PM and 7PM!
Dear Parish Family,
Many of you have been sharing your thoughts with me regarding the Stewardship Renewal, Haiti, this election cycle, and personal happenings in life. It is good to talk with each other, share our concerns and to support each other on the journey of life.
The Stewardship Renewal is in full swing. It is not too late to return your commitment card! We need everyone to share their time, talent and treasure to ensure that Sacred Heart continues to be a vibrant parish. Remember, many hands make the work light. No gift of time, talent or treasure is too small.
Someone shared, “How lucky I am, I can increase my donation of time, talent, and treasure to Sacred Heart this stewardship season; and I can also help with Hurricane relief in Haiti; I am truly blessed!” Another, “I squawked at being asked to increase my giving by 15%, then my wife quickly reminded me that the cable bill went up more than that, and I didn’t say a word. I shut my mouth and increased my gift!” Several people leaving the 10:30 Mass shared that they had already passed in their stewardship renewal card the week they got it; “Father I am already in – you can always count on me!”
It certainly is awful to live in abject poverty and to need assistance from people from another country to send your children to school. How horrifying it is when six of these children in the Adopt-A-Student program of the Haitian Apostolate need assistance in laying them to rest. No one should have to bury a child. For many of these families the loss is compounded because they have also lost their homes; their safety net.
In speaking to Sr. Judith and with Fr. Tilus through e-mail, our parish visit to Haiti will occur February 17-25, 2017. We will be staying at Saint Paul House (Kay Sin Pol in Kreyol). If you are interested in joining us let me know; the cost is $1,800.00 per person. You must have a passport. I will have orientation meetings for all those going.
I am voting early; and several of you have stated the same. Like many of you, I can’t wait until the results are in on November 8th and we get away from the mudslinging and the talking heads. I am listening to classical music, and doing what I can to quiet my heart and be at peace.
This is the last weekend we will have the basket in the aisle for donations for Haiti Relief. Of course you can always assist St. Gerard’s through our own Haiti Ministry.