Pastor's Letter, September 10, 2017

No man is an island.” The English poet John Donne wrote those words nearly 400 years ago. They express a truth found also in the Sacred Scriptures, especially in today’s readings. None of us lives in a vacuum; rather we are bound together by our common humanity. An
d much more than that, we are bound together by our Faith, by Baptism. We are truly responsible for each other. This is most easily seen within the family, where parents take care of their children and children watch out for each other. This also provides the motive for evangelization. We need to do all we can to bring others to know, love, and serve God, and to live the Faith. Out of love for others, we should assist them with their physical needs, and teach them in word and action the moral and spiritual truths of our Faith.

Last month, on August 8, I met with all the members of the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils. That meeting provided me with a better understanding of the strengths and needs of the parish, and - I hope - provided the Council members with some insight into my pastoral vision for our parish. We addressed several things which needed immediate decisions: resealing/ striping the church parking lot, replacing the roof on the east entrance to the school (parish office entrance), expanding parish office hours (and the hiring of a new secretary), installing a new phone system, and the adjustment of CCD class times (now set for Wednesdays at 6:15- 7:30pm). This coming Thursday, September 14, at 4:30pm I will have my first meeting with the Pastoral Council. As an ‘introductory’ meeting, we will be determining a focus for this year. I will seek their counsel in order to identify what pastoral needs we should address first. The following Thursday, September 21, at 4:30pm I will meet with the Finance Council. We will review the parish’s financial situation, evaluate the current year’s projected needs, and establish a budget. We will also work to prepare a financial report to the parish for the 2016/2017 fiscal year. Please pray for the members of the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils and me, that we may be guided by the Holy Spirit in wisdom, prudence, and understanding!

The Diocesan Annual Appeal: Stewards of Hope is the fundamental financial means by which all the faithful in our diocese assist in the mission of the Church beyond the parish. The Bishop always comes to us priests first to ask for our pledge. And I’ve already sent in my gift. The “DAA’ helps fund many efforts of the Church, including the education of more than 30 young men in our diocese who are discerning the priesthood. Will you help support the training of our future priests, fund Catholic Charities, and the many other worthy works of the Church? We will be kicking-off the Appeal in our parish in two more weeks. Pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal! May God bless you! Fr. Schaller From Live and Learn and Pass It On, by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (A compilation of wisdom from people of all ages and walks of life.) “I’ve learned that marrying an extrovert when you are an introvert can be good for you.” (Age 35) “I’ve learned that the airport rental car shuttle service you use is always the last to arrive.” (Age 51) “I’ve learned that I appreciate my mother a lot more since I became a mother.” (Age 31)