Picnic Results – While I haven’t seen the fiscal results of this year’s St. Joseph parish picnic, I can say confidently that the picnic was a success based on the merits of Christian service and witness. Such activities in parishes do a lot to show that a parish is more than a single hour at Sunday Mass. Parishioners coming together, celebrating together…..taking ownership for their parish. The Benedictines have that great maxim, ‘to work and to pray’…….this becomes really obvious at events like last weekend’s parish picnic – members busing tables or selling raffle tickets……others managing the country store or frying chicken…..still others guiding children games, counting money, serving food for hours or announcing bingo. It is a lot of things, done by a lot of parishioners. As I write this on Monday, people are still in the kitchen cleaning up after yesterday’s effort…….pots and pans being put away, fryers and floors being cleaned. But in the end, it’s time spent well, as it makes for a more vibrant parish. We had a beautiful day – lovely weather….. we can be grateful to God for helping us along. Thanks as well to all our advertisers and sponsors.
Beyond Sunday – As you may have seen in the St. Louis Review and in the general media, the Beyond Sunday capital campaign has concluded raising more than $100 million dollars with 24,000 households giving. Its goal was to create a foundation for Catholic education throughout the Archdiocese through use of 60% of the donated funds going towards the fund for education. St. Joseph pledged $79,835. We didn’t quite meet our challenge goal, but we nevertheless will be able to draw from the remaining 40% that returns to us directly for capital needs over the next few years. In a few weeks, I plan to install two handicapped rails into the sanctuary. I think it will be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. I plan to pay for these rails from our distribution from the Beyond Sunday.
Finally , his is Stewardship Sunday, a very important week. Stewardship shows itself in a 1,000 ways in the parish. Your time, talent, and regular giving is the lifeblood of the parish. A pastor is only one man……but his hands and feet are his parishioners. I would ask that you review your giving on many levels.