– The Summer Social is happily behind us! The splendid weather was matched beautifully by the lovely spirit of those who offered their time, talent, and treasure for the mission of our parish. Again, particular thanks to MEGAN McCOMBS & SCOTT GOEDDE for their leadership. There are dozens of others who took responsibility for all the various booths and events connected to the social. For it all, let us offer our THANKS TO GOD! Factoring out the Reverse Raffle, it looks like we made just a bit more than last year. GREAT WORK, ONE AND ALL!! If you have suggestions about the Social, the sooner we receive them, the better. We’re always looking to improve what we do!
– The REVERSE RAFFLE will take place during the COMEBACK OF OKTOBERFEST on Saturday, October 21. A pork chop dinner with typical Oktoberfest accompaniments (food & drink) will be served at 5:30PM followed by the drawing beginning at 6:30PM. We also hope to have music and dancing after the raffle is concluded. The grand prize is $5,000 and tickets (which include dinner for two people) sell for $100 each. They’ll be available soon. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
– Thanks to KELLEY COPPENS for her careful work on the transition of the bulletin to Liturgical Publications, Inc. I hope that you’ll find it easier to read after you become accustomed to the new layout. Thanks, Kelley, for all you do for St. Ben’s!
– I have recently re-established the BUILDINGS & GROUNDS COMMITTEE. Our task is monumental but straight-forward: the assessment, planning and prioritizing of maintaining all buildings and grounds of Saint Benedict Cathedral. Our facilities are huge and the coordination of their maintenance is something that requires an enormous amount of work. While our two full-time maintenance workers do lots, we also gladly rely on the good will and significant expertise of volunteers for various projects. As always, more volunteers are welcome to take on particular areas of this work. Please contact the parish office if you’re interested.
– Recently, I’ve heard comments about marriage preparation at Saint Ben’s. It seems like a good idea to describe the process. FIRST, the couple schedules an appointment with me to discuss details (like previous marriages) in order to set the date for the wedding. SECOND, approximately six months before the wedding, the couple meets twice again with me: first to complete the prenuptial investigation (a questionnaire from the Diocese) and to complete FOCCUS (Facilitating open Couple- Communication, Understanding, & Study) and then to discuss the results of the FOCCUS inventory, which helps identify topics that need discussion before making a lifelong commitment to one another. THIRD, they either do an Engaged Encounter Weekend sponsored by Catholic Charities or (more commonly) begin work with one of our parish’s Sponsor Couples. The Sponsor Couple program includes five different meetings. FOURTH, after completing those meetings or the weekend, then there is one last meeting with me regarding the theology of marriage and planning the wedding ceremony. FIFTH, there is the wedding rehearsal and the wedding. As you can see, there are numerous important steps in this process. That’s why the diocese recommends at least six months as the beginning point for wedding preparation. Becoming an outward sign of Christ’s love for the Church — a sacrament of God’s love that doesn’t end — takes time and attention!