Thank you for your prayerful consideration of NOMINATIONS FOR PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL. As you may recall, the PPC serves for a three-year term. Eight members are elected, four are appointed by the pastor. The topic for the next three years will be COMMUNICATION. The nominations will be counted by the election committee of the Pastoral Council and those 15 or so with the top number of votes will be asked for their permission to place their name on the ballot. Elections will take place at the Masses on September 23-24.
Thanks to JAMIE SILLS, who has been getting plenty of opportunity to serve in her role as WEDDING COORDINATOR recently. Jamie handles all the wedding rehearsals and works with the couples in advance regarding the liturgical details of their weddings. Great work, Jamie! And thanks, also, to our seven SPONSOR COUPLES (John & Donna Halverson, Jim & Theresa Phipps, Phil & Leigh Ann Gamble, Rey & Sarah Mazzocco, Matt & Amy Miller, Butch & Kim Moors, and Alan & Anne Woodruff) who work with almost every couple five times, to insure that important topics have been discussed before people make a lifelong commitment to God and one another. I believe we do a good job of helping couples prepare for their weddings and their married life. When you consider that they meet with me three times and their sponsor couple five times, it’s clear why we need at least SIX MONTHS to prepare!
I really do try to be very open to criticism. I am fully aware (painfully so at times) that I am not perfect and that I make mistakes. I’ll admit that I tend to be less receptive of criticism after I’ve worked hard at presiding and preaching at Mass. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t say something when it can make a positive difference, it just means I have to work harder to receive it the way it’s intended. Finally, a parishioner recently recounted this story of Fr. Gregory. Having a friendly conversation with him, the parishioner heard Fr. Gregory say, “They sometimes forget that I’m a human being.” We’ve had some magnificent priests at St. Ben’s over the past 105 years, but every single one has been a human being, with strengths and struggles, joys and sorrows, gifts and liabilities. One particularly excellent way to promote vocations is to encourage people with the personality they have to step forward into leadership.
Many of you have asked me about my recent weightloss. After a few years of struggling with blood sugars, and some encouragement from a few people who know my history and health, I started counting carbs and walking a few days a week. So far, I’ve lost over 35 pounds. As one parishioner said, “It’s hard to tell under all those vestments.” I don’t say this to brag but to assure you that I’m not sick or suffering!
Thank you to all who have completed the PARISH SURVEY. Those surveys are due by September 28. They will be tabulated by Catholic Stewardship Consultants and will give us some valuable data as we move forward together. Online link is on the front of the bulletin.
On Sunday, September 24, at 6:30PM, we will host members of the First Presbyterian Church, the Islamic Community, and the Temple Adath B’Nai Israel for the One God, One Community series, to which we’ve been invited as a member congregation. That evening, I will give an explanation of the symbols in our church. The talk will be followed by a reception.