Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.   Like John the Baptist, we are all called to proclaim Christ’s presence in our midst and to lead others to Christ.  This Saturday we welcome Father Andy Booms, pastor of Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish in Midland, who will be presiding at the 4:00 PM Mass. 

Here is a breakdown of last week’s CSA report: the 181 pledges of 350 received, amounting to $31,033.00, 57% of our parish assessment:                        11 pledges: $0.00

23 pledges: $10-$25                         24 pledges: $30-$60

45 pledges: $65-$100                       19 pledges: $125-$175

39 pledges: $200-$300                     11 pledges: $350-$500

7 pledges:   $550-$1,000                 2 pledges: over $1,000

Please see the stewardship column for this week’s updated pledged amount.  To those who have made a monetary pledge, I thank you for your generosity.  For those of you still discerning the amount of your pledge, I encourage you to return your pledge by June 30, if possible, to help us plan a realistic budget for the new fiscal year.   

I want to share an update on the east entrance sidewalk to the Church which we have been trying to take care of in a timely manner.  The entrance was closed off after Mass the first Sunday in May as a safety measure until we could replace the sidewalk after two of our elderly parishioners had fallen.   As soon as the entrance was closed, that week we secured two bids for replacing the entire sidewalk. We purposely contacted companies that do smaller jobs, since so many of our projects are small and have been in a holding pattern because the contractors and architects we have contacted (recommended by the diocese) have big projects going on, and we seem to be at the bottom of their priority list (which gets frustrating).   Their projected time-lines of completing the work keep changing.  As for the sidewalk we tried to take care of it immediately.  It was our top priority and a plan was in process.   However, while I was away in May several weeks with my sister and family, I received word from the diocese that we needed to have a ramped walkway there and was asked if the diocese could help by getting a bid on the work.  I agreed, and then put the other bids on hold to see if all the bids were for comparable work.  A week ago, I tried to reach Tim Muter from the diocese to inquire about the bid.   The only information I received was that there was one bid done.  I have not seen it yet, nor have I had any phone calls returned this past week.  I will keep you posted.

Perhaps you have seen some new “For Sale Signs” up at the Saint Matthew Site.  Since the diocese and our parish had no success selling the buildings on our own, we had to go the route of a realtor (which the diocese uses).

Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ