Bulletin (June 15, 2008)
Happy Father's Day!
Gary Samaniego (our parish administrator) has been busy chasing down leaks. You may have noticed last weekend that our church restrooms were closed on account of a broken water pipe. We had to shut off the water to the church and rectory for about five days. The broken water main was discovered in the northwest corner of the church (see picture). The repair work involved digging a few feet into the ground in order to fix the pipe.
Besides that underground leak, we have been vexed by leaks in our church roof. Well, besides fixing the break in the water pipe, Gary brought in some professionals to track the sources of the leaks in our church roof. We of course know where the water is coming through, but the actual source of the leak may be some distance away. In order to discover the source, the professionals had to spray water at various places. The long and short of it is, we now know the source of the leaks and will bring in the roofers to complete their contract with us. Once these leaks are repaired, we will begin the work of repairing the water damage and repainting the inside of our church. The damage is most noticeable in the wall above the choir loft (see picture below), but it is also evident in the vestibule in other areas. Your support for the Capital Campaign makes this work possible.
Speaking of the Capital Campaign, next weekend we will have a parish-wide celebration which will include the receptions after the Masses and the blessing of the permanent donor memorial plaque in the Tice Hall. You are particularly invited to the Italian Dinner after the 5 p.m. Mass (June 21). After the 11 a.m. Mass we will also have a reception in honor of Mr. Glen Lutz. For more information, see the flier in today’s bulletin.
I would like mention a painless way of fund raising: Scrip. You can purchase Scrip gift cards for a variety of stores and restaurants: Safeway, Fred Meyer, QFC, Kentucky Fried Chicken, etc. The school receives a percentage of your purchase and you get a gift card of equal value. You can also register your Safeway card (and other cards) with eScrip. I did so a few years back and even though I am not a big Safeway shopper, I found out that in 2006, Safeway donated $8.68 to our school based on my purchases and in 2007, $6.84. Those are not large amounts, but if a thousand parish families registered their Safeway card with eScrip, it would add up. Once you have registered your card, you do not need to do anything else. The transfers are made automatically and it costs nothing extra to the customer. You will be hearing more about the Scrip program in the coming months.
And regarding school support, I want to thank you for your generosity in last Sunday’s collection for the Randy Terlicker Scholarship Fund. A total of $2,326.80 was donated at our seven weekend Masses. Mrs. Colleen Terlicker has matched that collection, so a total of $4,653.60 for tuition assistance for needy families. By helping enable our school to balance its budget, your contributions benefit our overall parish. Thank you!
Holy Family Parish has three young people representing us at this summer’s World Youth Day: Adam Fox, Loren Hance and Catherine Hildebrand. Also, Catherine’s mother, Roberta Tansey, will accompany them to World Youth Day. They will be available in the vestibule after our Masses to note your prayer intentions, which they will bring to this encounter with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict. Perhaps you have a family member who has drifted from the faith. Give that name to these young people. You might be amazed by how the Lord answers that petition. This is also a good way to remember our faithful departed loved ones. The youth will have the opportunity to participate in the Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict and to pray before the tomb of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. He is one of the “incorruptibles,” that is, when they exhumed his body six decades after his death, they discovered that it had not decayed.
I just found out that Dawn Eden will be one of the speakers at World Youth Day. I am sure you remember that she visited our parish in May and spoke at the end of our English and Spanish Masses on May 17-18. We still have some copies of Dawn’s magnificent book, The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On. Some parishioners have told me that they have found the book valuable not only for its message of chastity, but as spiritual reading that leads to prayer. You may purchase your copy after Mass for the low price of ten dollars.
This week Fr. Ramon and I will be at the annual Priest Days institute at Ocean Shores from Monday through Thursday. During that time, Deacons Ted and Abel will offer Word and Communion Services at the times of regular Masses. At Priest Days, Fr. Ramon will find out from Archbishop Brunett regarding his new assignment. Please keep us and all priests of the Archdiocese in your prayers.
Como ustedes saben, el domingo pasado tuvimos que cerrar los baños del templo a causa de la rotura de un tubo de agua. Hay una foto en la seccion en inglés del trabajo de reparación. También mencioné que por fin hemos localizado los lugares de las goteras de agua en el techo del templo. Una vez reparado, vamos a seguir con la reparacion del daño al interior del templo. La foto abajo muestra el daño al lado de una de puertas atrás del templo.
Este domingo tendremos recepciones despues de las misas de español en honor al Padre Ramon Velasco por sus ocho años de servicio a la parroquia. Todavia no sabemos donde va, pero del lunes a jueves, el Padre Ramon y yo estaremos en el instituto anual en Ocean Shores. Seguramente el arzobispo le va a notificar en aquel tiempo.
Gracias por sus contribuciones a la colecta del domingo pasado para el Fondo Randy Terlicker. Un total de $2,326.80 fue donado y la Sra. Colleen Terlicker (mama de Randay) donó un dólar por cada dólar contribuido para un total de $4,653.60 que usaremos para ayuda de colegiatura para familias de bajos recursos que quieren enviar su hijo a nuestra escuela parroquial.
Happy Father’s Day! I am particularly thrilled about this special day. I am blessed as the father of seven children. God has entrusted to earthly fathers an important vocation. All fathers, those who have gone on to eternal life and those who are busy with day-to-day life are in our prayers.
Thank you for the past three years. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the Principal of Holy Family Parish School. The support of parishioners has been ‘second to none’.
I want to take the occasion to welcome Frank Cantwell, your new principal. I know that you will welcome him.
You will continue to be in my prayers.
ARCHDIOCESAN ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL 2008 Thank you to all who have turned in your Annual Catholic Appeal Pledge! As you can see from the update, we have now reached our required donation amount and are working towards our rebate! This year the rebate will go towards the purchasing of a new wood Church sign and reader board as well as other landscaping projects as funds allow. We have contacted the Montauk sign carving company, and they will provide us with a beautiful hand-carved wood sign and reader board at an estimated cost of $7,800. This may seem like a steep price, but these signs truly are hand-made works of craftsmanship, designed and created specifically for each Church. For some samples of their work, please see the ACA update board in the Vestibule.
So far, we have heard from approximately 430 of 1058 households in response to the 2008 Annual Catholic Appeal. As you may know, we are seeking a 100% response rate to this year’s appeal. This coming week, you may receive the Archbishop’s follow up letter. If you receive his letter and have not previously responded, please do so and turn it in as soon as possible. Or, you may take a pledge envelope from the pew or in the Vestibule and fill it out and return it today. And remember, all money collected over our goal will come back directly to us and be used towards this beautiful sign. Thank you!
Total Families Participating: 430 Total Registered Households: 1078 Total Required Donation Amount: $62,759 Total Pledged To Date: $67,109 Total Potential Rebate: $ 4,350 Estimated cost of New Church Sign/Reader Board $ 7,800 Additional Amount needed: $ 3,450 Parish Stewardship Giving Summary Wk. 50 of Fiscal Year (July 1, 2007 – June 8, 2008) Amt. Needed 1st Collection Each Sunday: $ 12,289.00 June 8 Check/Cash Envelope: $ 8,036.00 June 8 Father’s Day Envelopes: $ 215.00 June 8 EFT(Automatic Deduction): $ 767.93 June 8 Loose Cash: $ 2,650.29 June 8 Total Offering: $ 11,696.22 Weekly Income Difference: (-) $ 592.78 Fiscal Year to Date Budgeted 1st Collection FY to Date: $614,450.00 Collected 1st Collection FY to Date: $596,544.88 Difference 1st Collection FY to Date: (-) $ 17,905.12 Some of the Gifts from the Other Half of our Stewardship 2-bit Collection (RT Scholarship Fund): $ 2,326.80