Reflection on a Memorable Week

Dear Friends,

Last weekend was an exciting and eventful celebration for our parish family. In the context of the beginning of our annual Forty Hours Devotions and Father Friel’s insightful and excellent homily, we launched our new efforts for Youth Ministry, introducing Matt Kirsch and Alex Price as our two Youth Ministers. Our youth ministry is open to all our youth, and their friends, in grades 7 through 12.

As I mentioned in my talk last weekend, there are more than 1,700 young people in those grades here at Saint Eleanor Parish. We’re excited to initiate this full time ministry within our parish family. Our focus will be, as it is for all our parish efforts: being disciples, helping each other to be disciples and making disciples.

Our Youth Ministers already have a number of events on the calendar and are looking for input from our young people for further planning. They are also seeking adult volunteers to assist in the different youth events and to help our team approach to Youth Ministry become a reality. So parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and young adults now is the time to use your gifts, to be a missionary disciple here within our parish family. Contact Matt or Alex for more information. Also, stay tuned, as there will be more forthcoming.

A word of profound thanks to Father Friel for his insightful and beautiful homilies on the transcendent

values ~ truth, good, beauty. His preaching was thoughtful, deep and yet accessible. Thank you to all who attended any or all of the evening devotions. Your presence is public testimony to our Faith in Jesus Christ, truly, fully, and really present with us in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is Jesus Himself, His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity!

My thanks goes to everyone who assisted in the preparations and the execution of the devotions. Our parish staff and volunteers, our sacristans, altar servers, our cantors, choir and organist, Dan Weckerly, our greeters, our deacons. And, a special thank you to Father Moriconi for all his many-layered efforts with the various liturgies and the Eucharistic Procession. May Jesus Christ be worshipped and adored in every Tabernacle throughout the whole world, and in every one of our hearts!

Finally, a word of good news on the physical plant side of parish life. Although the mechanic working on our AC in Church when two of them went down concluded they could no longer be repaired, his superior managed to find a way to get them operational. So for now, we dodged that bullet. However, they are old and at some point, we will be facing full replacement costs. We will wait and see but with cooler weather having settled in, we might be fine until next season.

Also, we established a new position of Facilities Manager, which is a replacement position for Matt Kirsch’s old job as Director of Parish Services. The job description is slightly altered but includes many things from the previous position. We have been fortunate to hire Mr. Ted Locker who has an impressive background in the area of facilities management, home repairs and hands on skills. You will be seeing him around. Please give him a traditional Saint Eleanor welcome. Thank you!

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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