Pastor’s Pen – March 20, 2011

Published on 20. Mar, 2011 by in Pastor's Pen

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Things unseen…

Most parishes have people who do the ‘unseen things’, like replacing light bulbs or cleaning out gutters or dusting in the sanctuary.  Though the effect of what these volunteers do is barely perceptible, the result makes a huge difference in the parish plant.  So I have a few kudos and words of thanks for some of our unseen heroes.

Thanks to Luke Engelmeyer who, over the course of two days, cleared the roadway into the cemetery of the dead branches and trunk of a rather large tree that the rains and wind took down.  (If you are in need of some fire wood, you may take any of the wood that is stacked along side the road there.  Better yet, bring a chain saw and have at the remainder of the trunk of the tree that sits off the road…)  Because of his work, Ameren-UE was able to get a truck back there to repair/replace the downed electrical line that provides power to our dusk to dawn light on the back part of the parking lot.

Thanks to Conrad Philipp Sr. and Bob Maixner for replacing several of the hard to get to burned out bulbs in the ceiling of the church.  It takes a very tall ladder and a very steady hand to get into those side ceiling fixtures.  The church is visibly brighter because of them.

And in perhaps the most unseen bit of work in a while, thanks to Al Horstdaniel for cleaning out the storm drains in our church parking lot storm water sewer system.  These are those little grates along the sidewalk between the church/rectory and school and the church and Post Office.  Over the course of the years, leaves and other debris accumulate inside, preventing the rainwater from being carried away underground.  This is only the second time in my ten and a half years of living here that this has happened.  (unless someone else was VERY unseen in the doing of this…)

If all goes as planned, by the time you are reading this, the updated electrical panels in the church will have been installed and be functional.  The timing seemed very good, as two more of the circuit breaker switches have ceased functioning.  Thanks to Tim Weir and AMF Electric for their always professional and excellent job at ‘church affordable’ prices.

Finally, a huge word of thanks to all our FISH FRY CREW!  ‘Nuff said…

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Pastor’s Pen – July 4, 2010

Published on 04. Jul, 2010 by in Pastor's Pen

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Thanks…

Sr. Dorothy informed me that once more the people of St. Ann have been amazingly generous to the Annual Catholic Appeal. Thank you so much for not only meeting our parish goal, but exceeding our challenge goal. (The challenge goal is the amount that we raised last year.) Thank you for believing in the mission of the larger Archdiocese enough to support it and become a part of ALL the ministries that are larger than the boundaries of this parish. On behalf of the many agencies that are served by the Appeal, (especially our little Newman Center here) let me say a profound word of thanks. (and if you still praying over your response to this appeal, you have a bit of time left. Your last chance will be a letter from the Archbishop via the mail, coming sometime soon…

Thanks once more to our Chairman Bob Beckring, for all his hard work in organizing our efforts here. Thanks to Sr. Dorothy for ‘leaving the convent’ (only for a while) to help with the collation and sending in of the pledge cards. Thanks to Audrey Hughes for opening her house and her heart to Sr. Dorothy, allowing her to stay in her home away from the convent. It is an amazing hospitality and grace she offers.

There is one more appeal that is in my heart before this fiscal year closes. It is the “Pay it Forward” appeal, that will be going out to St. Ann Alumni and parishioners. As you remember, last year was the first year of this appeal, designed to help keep tuition affordable. We invited all those alums and friends of St. Ann school to ‘pay forward’ to the next generation of Students and parents the gift of the education they received here at our beloved St. Ann.

I am always aware of the many demands on your charity and generosity. But because I believe in the education and religious formation that happens in our school on a daily basis, I am honored to ask people to support what we do with the gift of their time, talent and mostly treasure.

A letter will be going out in the next week or so letting you know the particulars of that appeal.

Thanks SOOO much for your amazing support and generosity. You have had multiple opportunities to continue the work of our Savior by your support. Thanks for stepping up to the plate and hitting a home run this year!!!

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Pastor’s Pen – May 2, 2010

Published on 01. May, 2010 by in Pastor's Pen

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In good hands…

I continue to reflect on the tag line from the Allstate people and last Sunday’s homily: You’re in goods hands. I received a copy of an email sent to our youth Minister, Beth Buchek, written in response to her question about how the youth group did helping with the confirmation retreat.

“Beth, I just want to let you know that the Confirmation Retreat went VERY well, thanks to Lizzie Dulle, Theresa Reid, Anna Muckerman, Connor Mohan, and Philip Yoffie! Their talks were inspiring, their small group leadership was phenomenal and their interaction with the Confirmandi was faith-filled and fun! I couldn’t have done it without them! Please extend my sincere appreciation them.” She continued her praise in a side note to me. “They really were one of the best groups of youth leaders I have worked with on a Retreat Team. And you know I have worked with a lot of Retreat Teams. I was very impressed!” Thanks, too, to Mrs. Teresa Roberson-Mullins for her work on the retreat.

It is good to know that our Confirmandi and our Youth group have been held in good hands these days. And I ask that you continue to pray for them in the days leading up to May 10th…

I was also thinking back to our Lenten Friday Fellowship nights – also known as our Fish Fry night. They ran so smoothly that you hardly notice all the work behind them. Al Durand begins inspection of the equipment several weeks before Lent begins, reviews the previous year’s orders, lines up the volunteers, coordinates the fish fryers and clean up people, secures groups to bring deserts, lines up entertainment and… well, you get the picture. And though he never looks for applause for what he does, we have been in such good hands with Albert these many years. From all of us – THANKS!

As the morning sun was shining brightly during mass, reflecting off the highly polished floors of the church, I thought of the working hands of Sr. Celine Maasen, who is our cleaning guru for the church and parish center (and part of the school). She works so tirelessly to make the parish complex a welcoming place – neat, tidy, and all in order. And as an added bonus, she prays for us all as she works. What a gift those working and praying hands have been for us. THANKS from us all for keeping us in your good hands…

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