This weekend we celebrate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Four times in the Gospel we hear about fear. “Fear no one,” Jesus says. “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” “Be afraid of the one who can destroy body and soul in Gehenna.” “Do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Being committed to Jesus Christ, proclaiming his Gospel message, and living it fully may lead to suffering or persecution. Jesus encourages us to let go of fear because God is with us, cares for us greatly, and will give us the grace we need to remain faithful to him in times of trial and suffering.
This past Wednesday, “Closing” took place on the purchase of the Carla Drive Parish Office site. Carrollton Public Schools desired to purchase the site on this fiscal year’s budget (and allocate the renovation of the building to next year’s budget). Therefore, for the months of July and August, we will be sharing the use of the building as we begin the “moving out process.” [There are two remaining rentals of the hall: one in July, and the other in August]. When the parish receives the actual money from the sale, I will inform you of the total amount along with the deductions for the closing costs and attorney’s fees for preparing the purchase agreement. Next week, I will share with you the details of the moving of the parish offices.
As most of you know, there are now blue upholstered chairs in the church. We did not have to spend a cent on them. For the last year, while the Cathedral was under construction, I attempted to use the barter system in obtaining chairs from the Cathedral. In my attempts, the Office of Liturgy and the Director of Parish Facilities were instrumental in helping secure the chairs for us. In Father Pat O’Connor’s letter of January 12, part of which I shared with you two weeks ago, he stated: “This may also be the appropriate time with the replacement of the carpeting to replace the chairs on the front right side of the worship space and the back row of pews with new (or different) chairs. As mentioned, this may also be the time to negotiate with Tim Muter the purchasing of said chairs from the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption (or perhaps another supply that Tim may have access to). Thanks to all who helped in the negotiations with the chairs with which we were gifted. Special thanks to those parishioners who scrubbed the upholstery and polished the wood on the chairs this past Monday!
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ