From Fr. Godfrey
– THANK YOU to all who are contributing to and taking part in our Lenten Soup Suppers. Thanks especially to Tami Orr for coordinating the food and entertainment. “It is good that we are here.”
– ABSENCE. This weekend, I’m in Bristow, Virginia. I was chaplain to the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia for two-and-a-half years while I was a student at the Catholic University of America. The sisters are celebrating the 150 year of their founding and are celebrating with their Benedictine family this weekend. I’m honored to preside and preach at Mass on Sunday. Thanks to Fr. Ziliak for being here.
– CHAIRS. Thanks to all who will help stack the church chairs after 10:30 Mass this weekend (March 17).
– DEDICATION. Monday, March 18 we celebrate the Anniversary of the 1928 Dedication of the Church. After the renovation, the Church will be dedicated (again) on November 6, 2019. For 91 years, March 18 has been that anniversary. May God bless our new beginning!
– SCHOOL SUBSIDY & TUITION ASSISTANCE. At the Town Hall Meetings, I was encouraged to be explicit about how the school subsidies work. Our assessment for Memorial High School is about $1,500 per student per year. Our school subsidy for St. Benedict Cathedral School is just under $2,000 per student per year. Subsidizing Catholic education is certainly nothing new. Tuition at either school does not come close to covering the entire cost. While the parish should always support the mission of Catholic education, we must also be good stewards. Taking an active part in the sacramental/prayer life and the volunteer opportunities of the parish provides a crucial balance to the generosity the parish shows in educating children. We must also not forget that the State assists our educational apostolate through School Choice Vouchers and Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGO). St. Benedict Financial Aid Endowments (formerly known as the Mark Toon fund) are used typically for families who just miss the cutoff for state assistance. Let’s not forget that tuition is itself support of the parish’s mission of education.