From Fr. Godfrey
– THANK YOU!! So many, many people helped make the dedication day of our beloved church a wonderful day of hospitality, solemnity, grace, and joy. Each and every one of you is in my grateful prayers. And above all, thanks be to God!!! As people kept saying to me how beautiful the church is, I must admit a bit of an odd feeling. Really, I thought, “What?” We did this together! And for that, I will be forever humbled and grateful.
– FINANCES. The campaign doesn’t officially end until the end of November. We still have about $200,000 in outstanding bills for the renovation — mostly to the contractor. Thanks to all who have finished their pledges!
– RENOVATION FACTS. For many years, a sedilia (decorative bench) sat against the east wall of the sanctuary. Before that, the priest and deacon sat on it in the place where the bishop’s chair was most recently. That bench was re-purposed into the presider chair and deacon chair by Fehrenbacher. It’s a bit over the top, but it was an effort to re-use the beauty of what we had. A new marble top, which covers the entire top of the altar, was installed last Monday. The bishop’s chair, or cathedra, is the original bishop’s chair from Assumption Cathedral and more recently housed at Holy Trinity. The priest chairs behind the altar were not ready for the dedication. They’ll be arriving in the next few weeks.
– VOTIVE CANDLES. Apparently, we are behind the times. Most other parishes are charging $3.00 for votive candles. We will increase our charge to $3.00 soon to cover the cost of new candle stands to be placed in the shrines in the southeast and southwest corners of the church (the round chapels).
– VOCATIONS AWARENESS. Without encouraging young people to consider a vocation to priesthood or religious life, how do we believe that they will ever hear God’s voice calling them? As we conclude Vocations Awareness week, let’s make it a priority to invite or encourage a young person to discern a religious vocation. May God bless our work of encouraging and may we all take seriously our responsibility.