Letter from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of November 26, 2000
This week marks the end of the liturgical year. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. Adventópreparation for Christmasócan you believe it already?
This year, since Christmas Day is on a Monday, itís rather awkward. We will actually have only three weeks of Advent. The last Sunday of Advent will be Christmas Eve in the evening!
The Giving Tree Project began last weekend. Select an ornament from the tree next to the confessional, purchase the gift listed, wrap it, and put that same tag back on the outside of the gift. Please return these to church by December 10th, to give us time to distribute them.
Donít forget our Special Fundraiser this (Sunday) afternoon. Itís a delicious Spaghetti Dinner in Priori Hall from 1:00 to 5:00. We are helping out a "special friend" who is not suffering from cancer. Due to various circumstances, neither she nor her husband has adequate insurance to pay all of the medical bills. This lady is a faithful Catholic who was played a big role in getting Central Catholic Schoolís kindergarten program off the ground years ago. Letís all help and enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner at the same time. Weíre tired of turkey by now! Even if you did not buy a ticket in advance, you can buy one at the door. See you there!
As we wind down the month of November, we continue to keep the Holy Souls in our prayers. All during this month, we have kept in our intentions the souls of the faithful departed, particularly those Poor Souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them. The names of your loved ones you wished us to remember remain on the altar until the end of this month.
Keep in your prayers the father of Rev. Mario Portella. Father Portella is a friend of Father Duvelius. He visited us last summer and was a delight to have around. Father Portellaís dad died suddenly last week and was buried a week ago Friday. Father Duvelius went to New York City for the funeral. Keep Father Portella and his family in your prayers, especially as they now move into the holiday season.
Once again, let me bring to your attention THE PARISH STEWARDSHIP CARDS! Youíre probably getting tired of reading this or hearing this. Iím getting tired of writing it and saying it. But, until we get 100% of the cards turned in, weíve got to keep bringing it up!
PLEASE! If you have not turned in your commitment card, please do so this week. We want a prayerful response from everyone. The phone committee of the parish council will call those we do not hear from. So, if everyone turns their card in, it will save lots of work. If you cannot participate at this time mark it "$-0-." That way we know that you saw the card and made your own prayerful decision.
Our goal is to get a response from everyone. Iím not "Jerry McGuire" and Iím not just saying, "Show me the money!" Thatís not really the point. And, in fact, we are doing quite well on reaching our goal for the United Catholic Appeal. The point is that we all need to practice Stewardship. The card is a way for us to think about that commitment and then make that commitment. Itís a visible reminder particularly to ourselves of this obligation. No one else in the parish really sees it. But we do.
Be sure to mark both top and bottom of the card in reference to your financial gifts. This is a bit confusing. Some have already turned their cards in and not marked the bottom, even with a zero (-0-). We will need to contact them again to make sure we understand their intention. Although the card is perforated, do not separate the card. We will do this in the parish office.
Again, we ask that everyone turn in his or her card as soon as possible. We would like to get things together on our Stewardship Campaign and United Catholic Appeal before the end of this month.
Stewardship? Itís TimeóTalentóTreasure. An example? Well, Marie Pittman-Oechsle has taken charge of two important projects: The Giving Tree and our Special Fundraiser for a Special Friend this weekend. Thatís double Stewardship in action!
Sincerely in God's Providence,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel