Bulletin (June 27, 2004)

Last Sunday we rededicated the Ailbe House Library in memory of Sharon Carriere. After the ceremony, Mr. Stephen Morissette, our school principal, took this picture. It shows Sharon’s mom, Esther Whalen, who traveled from Minnesota, Sharon’s husband Duane Carriere, Deacon Ted and me. Also present at the ceremony were Sharon’s children, grandchildren, numerous friends and parishioners. I want to thank our Stewardship Hospitality Committee and those who worked with them to set up tents for the outdoor refreshments – and all those who made this a beautiful event.



When you have a chance, please visit the Sharon Carriere Library. Besides Sharon’s picture, it has a painting of Monsignor Ailbe McGrath, as well as historical photos and mementos. Everyone who attended the ceremony remarked on how good the Ailbe House looks. Tom Weber, Harry Lampert and others did great work on the doors, windows, carpets and repainting. In last week’s bulletin we explained how the money donated in memory of Sharon Carriere was used for this purpose. Regarding the overall building, we are facing some major needs: roof repair, asbestos abatement and retiring the boiler debt. This will be part of the Capital Campaign plus the use of rebates we receive from the Annual Catholic Appeal.

On June 17th, the consulting firm which did our December Feasibility Study, Guidance in Giving, explained the steps involved in the Campaign. Representatives from the Parish Council, School Commission, Finance Council, Stewardship Committee, and Building Committee attended the presentation. Although we face great challenges here at Holy Family Parish, those attending seemed positive that we can work together to address them. The Capital Campaign will have various phases: between now and mid-October, we will be working primarily on communicating the project and doing groundwork such as updating our parish data base. In October we will form the campaign committee and begin approaching major donors. The actual parish campaign will take place in January and February. As became clear in the June 17th meeting, the Campaign is not just about raising funds, but more importantly, about making Holy Family a better parish. I am personally very excited that we are taking this important step.

Earlier this month I mentioned to you that I would be asking the Archdiocese for a loan so that we can address the most urgent part of this project: replacing the school roof and doing the seismic reinforcements connected with the roof. This is important for the safety of our children and all parishioners who use the school building. Also, as we discovered when the roof gave way last October, the roof is in very bad condition and urgently needs replacement. I am happy to report that the Archdiocese has approved a $120,000 loan for replacing the school roof and making the seismic repairs. You will see this work taking place over the summer.

This is not the only work which needs to be done to our parish school, but it is the most urgent. Over the summer I hope to communicate to you in detail regarding the repairs and renovations needed in the school, as well as the church, Ailbe House and parking lot. As you will see, each part of this project is essential if we are to continue as an effective parish community.

Over the summer we will have some educational and community building activities. On July 12th Monsignor Kelly will give a presentation of The DaVinci Code. Please call Aquinas Bookstore (425-828-4413) to get a copy of De-Coding Da Vinci by Amy Welborn as preparation for that evening. At the end of July we will have a Rummage Sale and on August 21st, our parish picnic. Please plan on attending these events.

Also, I invite you to join our parish Respect Life Committee. Presently, we are meeting on Friday mornings, 7:15 to 8:15, in the Sharon Carriere Library to discuss our response to the Planned Parenthood facility. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the nation and promotes abortion globally. It also vigorously promotes the contraceptive life-style, offering free contraception to youth. Historically, Planned Parenthood has targeted minorities, often using deceptive claims and advertising. For example, it presents the “morning after pill” as “contraception” when in fact the pill often works after conception has taken place. Besides addressing the issues around Planned Parenthood, the Respect Life Committee will help coordinate resources for those facing troubled pregnancies and to educate our parish community regarding life issues.

El domingo pasado hemos rededicado la Biblioteca de la Ailbe House en memoria de Sharon Carriere. En la columna de inglés hay una foto de su esposa y mamá con el diácono Ted y su servidor. Cuando tengas oportunidad, favor de visitar la Biblioteca Sharon Carriere. En adición a la foto de Sharon, tiene un retrato del Monseñor Ailbe McGrath y fotos y artefactos históricos. Gracias al trabajo de muchas personas, la Ailbe House ya está mucho mejor. Se puede ver también los nuevos nombres de diferentes cuartos, por ejemplo, el salón de los jóvenes ya se llama el Salón Pro (Beato Padre Miguel Pro). En cuanto al edificio total, estamos enfrentando necesidades mayores: remplazar el techo, quitar los asbestos y retirar la deuda del calentón. Todo esto será parte de la Campaña Capital, mas lo que sobre de la Petición Católica.

Tuvimos una Buena presentación el 17 de junio de parte de “Guidance in Giving” la compañía que hizo el Estudio de Probabilidad durante el mes de diciembre. Nos explicaron los pasos de la Campaña para representantes del Consejo Parroquial, Finanzas, Comisión de la Escuela, Mayordomía y Edificios. Los que asistieron fueron muy positivos sobre lo que podemos lograr juntos. La Campaña tendrá varias fases: entre ahora y octubre, comunicacion del proyecto y preparacion de oficina. En octubre formaremos un comité de campaña y empezar el contacto con donadores mayores. La campaña parroquial se llevara al cabo en enero y febrero. La Campaña no es solamente sobre el dinero, sino para mejorar nuestra parroquia. Estoy bien contento que estamos tomando este paso.

Mas temprano en junio, les mencioné que iba a pedir al Arquidiócesis para un préstamo para hacer la parte mas urgente del proyecto: Remplazar el techo y hacer los refuerzos sísmicos conectados con el techo. Esto es importante para la protección de los niños y todos que usan el edificio. También, como descubrimos cuando el techo se deshizo en octubre, el techo esta en malas condiciones y necesita urgentemente ser remplazado. Estoy contento informarles que la Arquidiócesis ha aprobado un préstamo de $120,000 para remplazar el techo y hacer las reparaciones sísmicas. Verán este trabajo durante el verano.

No es único trabajo que hay que hacer, pero es lo más urgente. Durante el verano les comunicaré en detalle sobre las reparaciones y renovaciones para la escuela, iglesia, Ailbe House y parking. Como van a ver, cada parte del proyecto es esencial si vamos a continuar como una comunidad parroquial eficaz.

Les invito a participar en el Comité Respetar la Vida. Nos reunimos los viernes, de 7:15 a 8:15 a.m., en la Biblioteca Sharon Carriere para hablar de nuestra respuesta a la facilidad de Planned Parenthood en 28 y Roxbury. Planned Parenthood es el mayor proveedor de abortos en el país y promociona el aborto globalmente. Promueve el estilo de vida de contracepción, ofreciéndola gratis a los jóvenes. Históricamente, Planned Parenthood ha enfocado en minorías, muchas veces usando decepción. Por ejemplo presenta la “píldora del día después” como “contracepción” cuando de hecho la píldora muchas veces funciona después de la concepción de un nuevo ser humano. Además de enfrentar los asuntos alrededor de Planned Parenthood, el Comité de Respetar la Vida coordinará recursos para las personas enfrentando embarazos difíciles y para educar la comunidad parroquial en cuanto a este tema tan importante.