Our next Gospel Sharing will be on Wednesday, April 16 at 3 PM at the Pastoral Center. If you wish to help prepare yourself for the coming Sunday, come join us as we reflect on the Readings. For more information contact Sr. Carol 623-8823
On May 3, 2014 at 6:00p.m. at St. Augustine Hall we will have a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. This is for Ministers of Communion, Lectors, Sacristans, Ushers/Collectors, Greeters, Altar Servers, Catechists, Money Counters, Youth Ministry volunteers, Church decorators, Music Ministers, Social Justice & Peace volunteers, any and all other volunteers in our parish.
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I want to share with you this special announcement in regard to the response from local parishioners who have or had children in our school(s), or were graduates of our school(s) or are members of the wider community who value Catholic Education and seek to support the effort of the new ExCEL committee. The following is their message:
We want to announce that a new group of St. Michael School volunteers will speak at all Masses on the weekend of April 26
th and 27
th.. This new St. Michael School volunteer committee is called ExCEL and they will introduce their committee and their goals to us. ExCEL in this example means “Excellence in Community, Education and Learning”. This volunteer Group’s mission is to promote the growth of St. Michael School through increased community involvement and awareness. They’ll be speaking with us briefly in a couple of weeks about their five main activities towards achieving these goals, and what all of us can do to help them and St. Michael School to grow. Thank you.
Mrs. Janet Galati, our school principal, the members of our school board and I support this effort. This committee was formed as a result of the fact that our new school budget for next year is based on 30 or so less children. This means a loss of over $100,000 in tuition income for the 2014-15 school year. Our budget for the coming year is based on 160 students rather than the 188 we have this present year. As a result, we have had to raise tuition as I reported to you a few weekends ago. We are also planning on cuts in our school operations regarding staff, etc.
The ExCEL committee has developed an excellent plan to help parents who will need greater tuition assistance for the coming year in light of the raise in tuition. We already have received a very generous $5,000 contribution from a supportive former parishioner who believes in Catholic Education. He will match that when his initial gift has been doubled by other donors. This is a great beginning. Please support the efforts the ExCEL committee will carry out in the coming months.
Here is a prayer given to our Faith Formation families at St. Mary and St. Denis this weekend. It is a good one to prepare for Holy Week.
As we look at this crucifix, may we remember
That Jesus gave his life for us.
He became just like us so that we would live.
He lived his whole life saying yes to you.
May we imitate Him during this Lent.
May we be willing to make sacrifices to bring
Life to others.
And may we worship Jesus forever and ever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.