PASTOR’S CORNER September 24, 2013
If you drove past the Church or Rectory this week you no doubt saw the repairs being done. We put a new roof on the west side of St. Gabriel’s Hall (the east side is still good). Fixed the roof on the Church and made repairs to the roof on the Rectory. I also had the outside of the Rectory painted and much rotten wood replaced. We did extensive landscaping to the property behind the Church and for security reasons cut all the trees up eight feet. The vents in the Church are being professionally cleaned and the doors and windows are being repainted. There is, however, still much work to be done on the Church. We need to replace the sanctuary windows, fix the windows in the front of the Church, finally replace the rugs, and make plans to repaint the inside.
As any homeowner knows you must keep up the maintenance on the buildings. Because more people are tithing and using electronic giving we are able to accomplish many things that we have had to postpone. Thank you for building the parish, not only the building but all the other programs we are able to sponsor because you are invested.
The “Catholicism” series is having great reviews. There is still time to take part in this extraordinary learning experience. You don’t have to make all of the sessions, but make an effort to attend some.
I got a chuckle out of the new “atheist” movement to have Godless Sunday services. The more they try to deny God the more God loves them and finds ways to remind them that He is the source of all goodness.
We are all reminded that we are made in the image and likeness of God and that we are “hard wired” to be in relationship with Him and the faithful who have gone before us. I’m sure that when our Pilgrims return they will have many wonderful “faith” stories to share with us. We will set aside an evening to pray and reflect with them when they return.
Bishop Sullivan is coming to our Parish on October 17th to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please keep him in your prayers and especially pray the gift of the Holy Spirit on the 32 youngsters who will be confirmed on that day.
This week St. Paul reminds us of the essence of Christian living: pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. What’s in your “spiritual wallet?”