St. Edwards Parish Trustees Transition with the Loss of Jane Heither

June 14, 2015

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

June brings all sorts of transitions. School is ending. Church programs are winding-up. Gardens are coming to life. Vacations are being planned. On top of all these expected moments, life also can present us with some unexpected ones.

Five of our parish families were called to handle the death of a loved one, a moment that forever changes their family history. Yes, it has been a busy week here in the parish as we have celebrated the funeral liturgies for Matthew Melony, Rosemary Lundberg, Anne Blegen, Jane Heither, and Patricia Wasson. As always, we pray for the repose of the soul of these individuals; in addition, we pray for their family and friends during this time of mourning and remembrance. Transitions are one of the givens in life.

I want to take a moment to reflect on the life of Jane Heither. When I came to our parish back in 2012, Jane was one of the first people who made the effort to welcome me. Like me, she and her husband Claude had recently joined our community. Even though she was busy running her own business and caring for her family, she felt called to get involved with our parish leadership. When asked, she immediately agreed to join our Finance Council. I still remember our first meeting together when she turned to me and asked, “Father Brian, are you going to let us do our job?” I was surprised by her forward question; and yet, I soon came to appreciate her forthright nature, especially since her words were always accompanied by a deep respect for our Catholic faith. At all times Jane kept the best interests of our Church at the center of her service to St. Edwards.

For those that knew Jane, it was no surprise when she stepped forward and agreed to serve as one of our parish trustees in March of 2014. In late 2014 her world was shaken when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Despite having to reduce her parish involvement, Jane continued to serve our St. Edwards through April of this year. She will be remembered for her strong faith, her love of family and her dedicated service to the Church. She was an inspiration to many. Thank you Jane!

Jane’s no nonsense way has guided my search for her replacement as our parish trustee. I am happy to announce that our fellow parishioner Charles Melby has agreed to serve as our new trustee.

Chuck and his wife Anne have been longtime members of St. Edwards. They both have been active in a variety of ministries down through the years. Next week’s bulletin will include the biography provided by Chuck. Please be sure to thank him for his willingness to serve. Let us pray that he will be inspired by the example of his predecessor. He truly has some big shoes to fill.

June blessings, Fr. Brian

P.S., Two other tidbits:

1)  This Saturday we welcome Archbishop John Nienstedt to our 5:00 Mass. This is his first visit to our parish. Welcome Archbishop! In the midst of these challenging times it is good to see our shepherd’s efforts to connect with his flock.
2)  This coming week all the priests of the Archdiocese will be gathering from Monday thru Thursday for the Presbyteral Assembly in Rochester. Every two years we gather for some work and fun. Please keep us in your prayers.