March 22, 2015
Dear Fellow Parishioners:
I hope everyone is working hard on their Lenten offering. Before we know it the Easter Triduum will be here. There is still time to consider and act on a gift of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Also, do not forget the Sacrament of Reconciliation. While our two communal services here at St. Edwards have come and gone, there still are services at many of the surrounding churches. For example, I will be helping at the following services:
- St. Bonaventure on Sunday (March 22nd) at 4:00pm; and,
- Epiphany on Wednesday (March 25th) at 6:30pm.
In addition, I will offer some extra confessional times during Holy Week. Watch the coming bulletin for a list of these times. I try to offer some morning, afternoon and evening opportunities. There should be a time that works for you and your family. Remember, this is a wonderful way to prepare for Easter. As I like to tell the children, it is not a matter of “why” you should receive the sacrament, rather it is “why not.” All of us can use the graces of this beautiful sacrament. Hope to see you there!
On another matter, a BIG THANKS to all our parish leaders and staff for their work on the budget.
They have gone the extra mile in trying to figure out what our church can offer in terms of parish pro- grams. For example, a review of all our programs and events was conducted. All participants were asked to evaluate each particular offering. These reviews were then brought to the Parish Council, and this information was a key component in the recent budget discussions. Whew! It has been a lot of work for everyone; and yet, the end result is worth the effort. Together we are working hard to do the Lord’s work. The Parish Council has now concluded their budget work. They have sent their recommendations onto the Finance Council.
Finally, a BIG THANKS to the Social Justice Commission for their work to evaluate tithing here at St. Edwards.
A task force has been exploring how the larger Church handles the call to share our time, talent, and treasure. The final report should be given to the Parish Council and the parish in the near future. The bottom line is that we should be proud of our fine tradition (25+ years) of tithing as a parish. We have reached a point where we need to review and perhaps modify this practice. What does the Church recommend? What direction should we take? What is possible? We should all look forward to the upcoming report from the Social Justice Commission. The Parish Council will soon be discussing this important issue. Stay tuned! Together we will do the Lord’s work.
Lenten peace, Fr. Brian