Dear Fellow Parishioners,
The State Fair has begun! Of course this is the sign that summer is coming to a close and fall is about to begin. This is a wonderful time to give thanks and to look ahead at what the coming church year will be. To assist in this twofold task, everyone (i.e., all registered parishioners) should have received our latest parish mailing which included both a flyer detailing the upcoming Feast of St. Edward and the “2015/2016 ‘End of the Fiscal Year’ Report to the Parish.”
Yes, the Feast of St. Edward will be taking place on Sunday, September 11th. This annual celebration (our 49th!) honors our namesake, St. Edward the Confessor. Keeping with tradition, we will begin with “Mass on the Grass” at 10:30am. This will be followed by lunch and games. Something new this year is the “Feast Raffle.” There are some great prizes, plus, all the proceeds will go to support our Social Justice Outreach Fund (this is our parish’s charitable giving fund which includes the Emergency Assistance Fund). Even if you are unable to attend, I encourage you to support the raffle. Check out the bulletin or website, or call the parish office for more information.
The End of the Fiscal Year Report to the Parish provides insight into how our parish leaders and staff managed the parish budget this past fiscal year. A BIG THANK YOU to the Finance Council, Sherrie Schroeder (our Parish Administrator) and Dc. Mark Johanns (our Accountant) for this financial report. We should all be commended for our efforts to be good stewards with the time, talent and treasure offered by this community. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or any of our parish leaders and staff. Together we are building the kingdom!
Late summer blessings,
P.S., Still no word yet from the St. Paul Seminary regarding our involvement in this year’s Teaching Parish Program. If you are interested in serving on one of the committees to support a seminarian, then please contact me for more information —also you can check out the last two parish bulletins. Let’s get excited about the prospect of participating in the formation of our future church leaders.