Can you tell that summer is almost over and the autumn season is about to begin? Yes, the state fair has ended and school has started. In addition, two parish events mark this transition time:
* The Feast of St. Edward; and,
* The RCIA (Rite of Christian/Catholic Initiation for Adults).
Once again we gather to celebrate our parish. This is our 49th year of existence—and yes, we do have a 50th Anniversary Planning Task Force that is already organizing our upcoming 50th anniversary—thus, we take time to honor the good work accomplished by the many children, women and men of our parish down through the decades. Truly we have a wonderful history of being Church. I hope everyone enjoys “Mass on the Grass” this Sunday, plus the many other fun activities. The cake walk has always been my favorite!
I am especially excited to see how our newest offering, the Social Justice Outreach Raffle, will do. Why are we doing this fundraiser? Remember all proceeds from the raffle will go to guarantee that we are able to support the many charities that depend on our generosity through the Social Justice Outreach Fund. In recent years budget concerns have led parish leaders to consider cutting back or even ending our support for these charities which include VEAP, Bridging, Loaves and Fishes, Families Moving Forward, Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels, the Banyan Community, local nursing homes, our sister parishes in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, the St. Edward’s Emergency Outreach Fund, and other worthy causes. While everyone cries out that we cannot let this happen, what are we to do? In an effort to avoid this brewing catastrophe, parish leaders endorsed our new fundraiser which will ensure our present and future charitable giving as a parish. Therefore, I hope everyone has done their part in selling tickets to all their family, friends and coworkers. Yes, this is the time for all of us to reach out to the countless people who in the past have asked us to support their organization’s fundraiser. The Church of St. Edward is finally offering a “fundraiser,” rather than just a “fun-raiser.” Let’s all be generous!
Finally, a BIG THANK YOU to the many volunteers and staff who participated in the planning and celebrating for this year’s Feast. Many hands do make light work! We should be proud of the good work we continue to do here at the Church of St. Edward. Granted, there is still much to do, yet it is okay from time to time to acknowledge our achievements, raise a few dollars for charity, and have some fun together.
Once again we will be offering the RCIA. After five years of leading this program, I have decided to hand the reigns back to Judy Foster (note, Judy handled the RCIA before I came to our parish). This program is open to all adults who would like to learn more about our Catholic/Christian faith. This includes the unbaptized, those of another Christian faith, and those Catholics who simply desire a “refresher” course in our Catholic faith. Classes will be held on Monday evenings beginning in October or January and ending with the Easter Vigil in April. Yes, it is quite a journey! If you have questions, feel welcome to contact either Judy or me. If you would like to register, please call the parish office. I hope many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about our Catholic/Christian faith. Our parish has a wonderful history of adult faith formation programs. The RCIA is an integral part of our ongoing formation. Come check it out!
Soon-to-be autumn blessings,
Fr. Brian Fier