Last week, I offered a year-in-review of some of the things that have been happening in all of our parishes together in 2016. This week, I’d like to continue that with some additional things from each parish individually, as well as some goals for this year.
We raised over $11,000 to repair the church’s old bells, install new strikers, and digital ringing equipment.
Air Conditioning was installed in the church thanks to an anonymous donation from a parishioner.
Windows were replaced on the second floor of the parish office and basement of the rectory, paid for from the parish’s general fund.
Sections of flooring was either refinished or replaced in the rectory. Some new furnishings were also purchased. Both projects were funded largely by the PCCW and Holy Name Society.
The Religious Education students performed their annual Christmas Program. To raise funds, they also put on their annual breakfast, Little Caesar’s Pizza Sale, and Cookie Walk
Vacation Bible School was offered to St. Mary’s children in July.
The Holy Name Society put on their annual Lenten Fish Fries.
Among their many activities, the PCCW sold Christmas Wreaths and delivered fruit baskets to the elderly and shut-ins… just to name a couple.
The PCCW sponsored their second annual Mardi Gras celebration, enjoyed by many kids and adults in the parish.
The Religious Education program performed their annual Shadow Stations, helping all those attending to reflect on the Lord’s Passion.
The stained-glass window restoration project has been moving along slow but sure. Over $36,000 has been contributed and put toward the restoration of several windows. Only an additional $22,000 is needed to complete the whole project.
With money from donors, we installed a new Sacred Heart Statue and platform in the parish cemetery, and dismantled the old crucifix and altar, which had fallen into serious disrepair.
We raised $12,000 in the Brick and Mortar Campaign to repair the damaged bricks and St. Michael the Archangel statue on the exterior of the church.
We enjoyed the annual Breakfast, raising funds for the Religious Education Program, and the Religious Education students put on their annual Christmas Program.
I apologize for anything I may have missed. While we must acknowledge the many great activities of groups within our parishes, and not neglect the improvement of our church buildings and parish finances, what is of primary importance is that we continually strive to grow in our relationship with the Lord, and that we become more intentional disciples. This involves coming to know Christ more deeply through the Scriptures, seeking to learn and understand more of our faith, loving the Church Christ established, and seeking to serve him with greater generosity.
As we begin this New Year, make sure you set for yourself some spiritual goals. While our communities have been very blessed over the past year, we also face some significant challenges, especially concerning revenue and the upkeep of our buildings and grounds. The more we as a community of faith seek to grow closer to Christ, the more our parishes’ temporal needs will be met. As you develop your own spiritual goals, please prayerfully consider your own parish stewardship of time, talent, treasure as well.