FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, to quote a famous radio personality… AND NOW THE REST OF THE STORY. I want to call to your attention a story that was in the papers a few weeks ago concerning a young man who was arrested for taking a rosary from our church. After the story was in the newspaper, another article was published in the Readers Forum critical of our parish (and me) for not being kind and merciful. I also received other critical comments on the way the situation was handled. My decision not to drop the charge was made after talking to those in authority saying that the only way for the young man to receive help is if the charge stood and he then would be sent to seek the treatment and help needed for his recovery. I took their advice and the charge remained. I thank Deacon Dave for his wonderful response in the paper a few days later. A week or 2 ago, I received a short note from the parents of the young man and I quote, “THANK YOU (my emphasis) for all your concern and care for our son…He is hopefully going to get the help he needs, in part because of you. We deeply appreciate everything that was done.” You see, isn’t it amazing how many people jumped to conclusions without knowing all the facts and circumstances surrounding an incident. As pastor those situations happen often and frequently. My decisions and policy statements are not made without much consideration, prayer and reflection. I consult often and seek various opinions. Parishioners might not know what I know in making decisions, but I can only hope that there is a relationship of trust between pastor and parishioner. We are all on a journey together to the Kingdom. May we walk in support and trust with each other.
This year’s SCHOOL WALK-A-THON was a great success. With the totals in, we have come to realize a profit of $56,400.00. All collected monies will now be used entirely for school projects and events. I am very grateful to all who made this only fund raiser for the school a huge success. However, some have said that they did not know there was a walk-a-thon and would like to contribute. Therefore, there will be a second collection this weekend for anyone who wanted to contribute. Again, this is for those who missed the opportunity to support the kids. Again, I am grateful to all who sacrificed for the good of the kids at the school.
Hopefully you have noticed how beautiful the altar looks. I want to THANK Ann Rigo and her decorating committee for doing a fine job in enhancing God’s altar for our liturgies. I think that “sight” does play an important part in uplifting our spirits to God and they have truly given us a very beautiful sight to enjoy with uplifted spirits. Thanks Ann and all who helped.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, "I'll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your bible a little and get your hair cut and we'll talk about it." After about a month the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father's study where his father said, "Son, I've been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you've studied your bible diligently, but you didn't get your hair cut!" The young man waited a moment and replied, "You know Dad, I've been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair...." To which his father replied...."Yes, and they WALKED everywhere they went!"