Last Sunday, I did not have a column in the bulletin due to a remarkably busy week that prevented me from having time to sit down and write. But this week, I am back in action. Thanks to everyone who assisted in Father Moriconi’s farewell Mass and gathering last Sunday. It was most beautiful and touching. I know that he was very moved by everyone’s kindness and well wishes.
This week we offer a heartfelt word of welcome to Father Jason Buck, our newly assigned Parochial Vicar, who arrived this past Monday. We are very happy to welcome him to our parish family and look forward to his kind and caring priestly ministry here.
We are excited that our summer camp for children attracted so many youngsters, helping teens and adults. Their final celebration will be after the 9 am Sunday Mass this weekend. We are also very pleased that our pilot program, Take the Plunge, for our PREP families, will begin this Monday. It will last the full week. This summer program is an alternative option for our families to assist in the Catholic education of our youngsters. Keep them and all involved in your prayers.
With the Sacrament of Confirmation moving to the Fall of Grade 8, we are developing our Grade 7 level Confirmation instruction program. It is being designed differently than the regular PREP sessions. It will look different and engage both students and families as growing disciples. Children attending Catholic schools will also notice differences from past Confirmation programs.
A few updates on our ongoing maintenance efforts and projects around the campus. We signed two contracts for the Locust Street step replacement project. The cement contractor should begin within a few weeks, early July, after which the railing contractor will install the new railings, which will contain LED lighting for the steps. This project has taken unbelievable twists and turns but the completion is now in sight. Thank you for your patience.
We have had a roofer looking again into the leak near the Altar skylight. They are to return. We did eliminate one possible source but the actual source is still a mystery. Moving to inside Church, so far, our aging air conditioners are working ~ praise God. We are keeping an eye on them and looking at options. We have investigated some additional drainage projects to help with water runoff issues behind the parish office building and down near school. We are hoping to accomplish these projects this summer along with a sealing and repainting of lines for the whole parking area. All of these are rather major efforts that will hopefully benefit and enhance our parish grounds.
We also planted a new tree near the parish office. It is a Kwanzan Flowering Cherry or Japanese Cherry tree. The Garden Club from Holy Cross Regional Catholic has donated money for this new
planting. It is in the location where we lost the giant oak tree two summers ago. Our Crepe Myrtle tree near the Chapel is still looking very good. While discussing our outdoors, my gratitude to our Gardening Angels who take such good care of the plantings near the Church entrances and the walkway leading to the parish offices. They look very nice indeed.
Summer weather has arrived, as I am writing this. May all of you and your families have a blessed and relaxing summer! Don’t forget God and don’t forget us.
God bless you, God love you,