Last weekend we had a very successful festival. Allow me once again to profoundly thank the 100’s of volunteers who give of themselves each year for the festival. In a few weeks I will be able to report the financial income we received from the festival. Thanks and God bless.
I continue to inform our parishioners about transitions taking place in our ministries, which occurs each spring and into the summer. While change can be hard and challenging, it can also be grace-filled and nourishing. We celebrate those who have given so much and now take a well-deserved break and welcome new leaders, called forth by the Holy Spirit to carry on God’s mission for the ministry.
Allan Burwinkel completed his 4th year on the Stewardship Committee ― the last year serving as Chairman. Allan was personally responsible for developing and executing BOTH our Parish Information Directory and Parish Picture Directory. Together with his wife, Shannon, Allan saved the parish thousands of dollars in design and layout costs in producing these two valuable and keepsake publications. Allan served as the recorder for one year and then answered the call to be, as I mentioned, the committee Chair. In that capacity, Allan was the conduit for all committee proceedings, comprising the minutes and, later, working with Finance Council to coordinate the annual Fall Stewardship Appeal message I delivered. Thank you, Allan for your service to the parish! I am also grateful to Nancy Kammer who was nominated and appointed to be Allan’s successor as the committee chair.
The Spirituality of Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The heart of Mary is the cradle of all Christian meditation on the mysteries of Christ. St. Lawrence Justinian in the Office of Readings for this feast day tells us: “Imitate her, O faithful soul. Enter into the deep recesses of your heart so that you may be purified spiritually and cleansed from your sins.”