FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
This weekend, the Pastoral and Finance Councils gathered, along with some of the pastoral staff, for a morning of retreat. Father Kevin offered Mass for us in the chapel, and then we spent some time discussing the implementation of the Archdiocesan Synod’s first year priority: increasing Mass attendance. We need to focus on getting more of our parishioners to attend Mass each weekend. There are no easy answers, but what we do know is that what we’ve been doing for the past 50 years hasn’t worked too well, as Mass attendance keeps declining.
Work on the Capital Campaign keeps progressing…slowly. It is better to move slowly and make sure all of the pieces are in place so that when it comes time to launch the effort, we have the best chance of success.
I recently received a letter from a personal representative of a local resident who died. He named our parish as a beneficiary of his estate. We will receive $5000.00. The letter read, “I don’t believe that he attended services at St. Alphonsus, but he lived in the area and knew the money would be well used.” What a tremendous tribute to the reputation of this congregation, and what a tremendous gift. A man who was not a parishioner included our parish in his final gifts. Please consider naming St. Alphonsus Parish in your will. The money will be well used.
On Saturday, the Church celebrates Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. She is one my favorite saints. Mother Teresa said, “God does not require that we be successful, only that we be faithful.” Truly words to live by.
Labor Day is next weekend. Be sure to take some rest from your labors. On Monday, Mass will be offered at 8:30 a.m., in the church. Please join us.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
~Fr. Aaron Esch
Rectory/Outreach Building—Frequently Asked Questions
QUESTION: Where did the costs associated with the various options come from, and why didn’t the parish get more than one bid?
ANSWER: The costs shared with you as part of the survey options represent only a very rough estimate. We had the building thoroughly inspected and asked only one contractor to examine the possible options based on their experience. This is for planning purposes only and does not represent a bid. In order to help you make an informed decision, we thought it was important to give some idea of the costs associated with each option. Once a direction is determined, there would be a wide range of plans and options to consider, and there will be a competitive bidding process by which the contractor would be selected -Fr. Aaron