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Announcements ~ August 20, 2017

fleur cross logo Enroll in RCIA. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults begins September 5 and we welcome all who have never been baptized or fully initiated in the Church through Confirmation and Eucharist. If you or someone you know are seeking the fullness of life or considering joining the Church, call and register in the parish office. Classes will be offered in both English and Spanish.
 
fleur cross logo Please consider our Catholic School. Call the office at 703-451-8696 to learn more, or to arrange for a tour. Registration is still open for all classes, we hope to see you soon!
 
fleur cross logo Religious Education Class Enrollment is NOW!  Registration forms are available in the Church Vestibule and Parish Office, and online. For more information, please visit our website. Registration Deadline is August 27, so we can be sure to have enough catechists.
 
fleur cross logo Calling all Catechists! Please respond to the call to share your faith with our children and the youth of the parish, Catechist Meetings are beginning, so please sign up now.
 
fleur cross logo Join the Choir! All St. Bernadette Choirs are eagerly seeking new members: Angel Choir (1st & 2nd Grade), Children’s Choir (3rd-6th grade) and Youth Choir (7th-12th grade), as well as our three adult choirs. For details, see the music ministry page: stbernpar.org/praying/music-ministry or contact our music director David Mathers at the parish office or dmathers@stbernpar.org.
 
fleur cross logo Please stop by our Joy of St. Bernadette Gift counter and see our new inventory. We look forward to seeing you. Open weekends after all Masses.
 
fleur cross logo Please support the Book Drive happening today in the vestibule of the church. Books will be donated to local immigrant education programs.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ August 20, 2017

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

One of the things on my desk right now is a paper that I am supposed to write, to be given at the international Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue in Taipei in November. We met two summers ago in Rome when the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue hosted Buddhists from all over the world, and this year the Buddhists will welcome us to what is described as a mountainside monastery to continue our dialogue. Two years ago the topic was suffering and the alleviation of suffering, and I wrote my paper on how suffering can be valuable, according to Catholic Tradition, if used correctly. This year the topic is non-violence. I am assigned to write a paper on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

So for the past month or so I have been thinking a lot about racism, the lasting impact slavery has had on the human race, and asking myself why we haven’t made any more progress than we have.

Then last weekend the hate in Charlottesville overflowed.

Reporters, even some prominent people tried to represent this raw hatred as a political problem. Conservatives vs. liberals, right vs. left. As much as we can, the Church needs to stay out of those circles, because we must reach all people where they are and bring them closer to the center, to God. Once and for all, the Church must be the example of Christ’s love—far beyond mere tolerance to embrace all people and transform them if necessary by Christ’s love. Extremism is an illness that cuts across party lines and religions, it is everywhere. In our current cultural environment of utter disrespect, people feel emboldened to unleash their destructive illness on others, the innocent, and their prejudice on those who are helpless. Racism is alive and well.

How many times have you experienced people who find satisfaction in the feeling of power they get from walking on other people? People who need to experience supremacy over others are emotionally sick. We live in a bully culture led by bullies.

These realities run deep. Children have to be taught to hate, and seeds are planted in us from a very early age by previous generations. It is the responsibility of all human families to make sure that this isn’t a part of our children’s inheritance. But, you see, that isn’t easy to do because we live in a time (perhaps all times have been such) that there are such fears and uncertainties about our fragile culture, or even about ourselves, we need to find someone to blame.

A couple of summers ago I went with our Oblate Sisters of Saint Francis de Sales to visit their missions in South Africa and Namibia. We went on a safari, out in a jeep among the “wild” animals. At one point we were nearly charged by a young male elephant. The driver explained that they may need to put him down, because members of his family were put to death a generation ago, and he carried within him some memory of danger against human beings. Somehow, it was passed on to this elephant. The driver said that it was common for elephants to gather years later, even next generations, for several days at the place where their predecessors were killed, as if mourning their loss.

I wonder what kind of seeds have passed to our current day. There was a moment during the civil rights days, with all the burning neighborhoods and protest marches, that a man came forward and spoke of non-violence. Dr. King somehow brought a pause to the fury and caught the world’s attention. This is what we need to do as the Church at this moment. Under no circumstances can we allow or let go unnoticed the inhumanity of Charlottesville. I refuse to believe that this is where our humanity is evolving, but we need to speak up and let people know that this is not okay.

So what are we to do? First, I think we look deep inside and name the seeds that are there. Prejudice and pride, desire, a lack of humility, a need to be better than others, all of these bubble to the surface when they are triggered by life events. We need to name them so that we can recognize the source of our actions before we decide to act, or say something we will regret. Second, we need to reestablish in our world the simplest of respectful behaviors. Treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves. Looking in to the eyes of the person with whom we are speaking. Considering the contributions of others as valid as we do our own. End this senseless shouting. Finally, we can’t allow the violence that surrounds us to make us numb and unresponsive in identifying the evil that it truly is.

May God bless you.

Announcements ~ August 13, 2017

fleur cross logo Celebrate the Holy Day of Obligation with us, The Feast of the Assumption of Mary on Tuesday August 15. A Vigil Mass will be offered at 7:30pm Monday evening and Masses will offered throughout the day Tuesday beginning at 6:30am, then at 9am, Noon, 6:30pm and 8pm in Spanish.
 
fleur cross logo The Called and Gifted Workshop is less than two weeks away, Friday and Saturday August 18-19. Please register NOW, if you have been putting it off. God calls us to be a part of his plan according to the gifts we have received at Baptism – let us discern together and build up the People of God in Springfield. More information on page 6.
 
fleur cross logo It’s time to be thinking about RCIA. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults begins this September and we welcome all who have never been baptized or fully initiated in the Church through Confirmation and Eucharist. If you or someone you know are seeking the fullness of life or considering joining the Church, call and register in the parish office. Classes will be offered in both English and Spanish.
 
fleur cross logo Please consider our Catholic School. Call the office at 703-451-8696 to learn more, or to arrange for a tour. Registration is still open for all classes, we hope to see you soon!
 
fleur cross logo Religious Education Class Enrollment is NOW!  Registration forms are available in the Church Vestibule and Parish Office, and online. For more information, please visit our website or call David Wallace. Registration Deadline is August 27, so we can be sure to have enough volunteer staff.
 
fleur cross logo Calling all Catechists! Please respond to the call to share your faith with our children and the youth of the parish, Catechist Meetings are beginning, so please sign up now.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ August 13, 2017

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
It is that time of year again when we find ourselves asking for a lot of volunteers.  There are the categories of volunteers for whom we seem to have a standing request:  greeters, coffee and donuts, Eucharistic Ministers—you know, the ones you read about all the time here in the bulletin.
 
Since summer is over and most of our ministries are tied to the schedule of the academic year, the needs have suddenly multiplied.  The parish staff responsible for directing programs starts to worry.  You can’t have a Religious Education Program and educate the children of the parish if you don’t have an army of catechists and volunteer aides.  Our Youth Ministry and Confirmation Team program, which have the potential of transforming the involvement of youth in the daily life of the Church, are completely dependent on the good will of adult volunteers to help mentor the small groups process.  Truly, the mission of the parish relies utterly on the participation of the lay faithful.
 
Most people are wary of volunteering.  Parish experiences show that those who are willing to step up for one ministry are suddenly overwhelmed with multiple responsibilities.  If you want something to get done, give it to the person who is already doing a lot of things... right?  Well, only until that person is completely burned out and maybe even bitter about it.  Another myth is that people are waiting for a personal invitation from Father to get started...  Burnout is still just as real, and worse: the relationship with the pastor can become a stumbling block to a person’s connection to the Church.  Surely this can’t be God’s plan for his family.
 
The principal flaw is the way the Church has been using a “volunteer” system.  Fruitful ministry is a result of responding to a call, not simply trying to fill a slot that nobody seems to want.  It isn’t Father who asks you to do something, it is a call from God himself, because his plan for you is the fullness of life and love (often found through service) in concrete circumstances.
 
I think I discovered this in a very basic way when I was in the seminary.  One of the questions you always have in the back of your mind is whether or not this concept of priesthood is really a call?  Or is it something I’m pursuing for myself?  It is the difference between saying “I want...,” or simply “Yes.”

A lot of seminarians come to the conclusion (and, sadly, some priests too late) that a vocation is not a choice.  It is a discernment of whether or not I have what it takes, rather than if it gives what I need.
So, it is the same with ministry.  All are called—but how do we know to what we are called?
 
You probably have figured out where I am going with this.  We are called, and discern that call according to the ways we are gifted.  God has placed in each baptized person the means by which he intends to make you a conduit of his love and healing.  Called—and Gifted. 
 
I went to my first Called and Gifted Workshop only a few years ago—and, as a priest, walked into the thing wondering if I would discover that I didn’t have any of these gifts.  Most people doubt their giftedness or are skeptical about it due to years of being doubted by others.  I walked out of that workshop a different person, a better priest, a more confident and compassionate leader.  I’m also a huge advocate of the Workshop because I watch it give people clarity and purpose about what to do and where to do it in God’s plan.
 
We lovingly make this workshop available to you—but I have to admit that I’m hoping that a number of folks will discover they have real gifts of teaching, encouraging, sharing faith with the children and youth of our parish.  They have real needs, and I believe that God doesn’t ignore these needs.  He has already planted the solutions in his Church, we just need to learn how to recognize them in ourselves and become the remedies.
 
We have a lot of people coming from other parishes and dioceses this week to Saint Bernadette.  Our faculty and staff will also attend.  There is still space for you, and time to register, but you must let us know right away, because we need to buy materials with enough time for delivery, and we need to have food for you.  Please let us know no later than Monday the 14th.
 
I used this image in a homily recently:  So many are like a doctor who carries around a briefcase of medicine all his life, but dies from the disease because he never took the medicine.  It is time to activate these gifts of your baptism.
 
May God bless you.

 

Announcements ~ August 6, 2017

fleur cross logo Celebrate this Holy Day of Obligation, The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Vigil Mass, Monday, August 14 at 7:30pm. Holy Day Masses throughout the day, Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30am, 9am, Noon, 6:30pm and 8pm (Spanish).
 
fleur cross logo It’s not too soon to start thinking about RCIA. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults begins this September and we welcome all who are interested in learning more about our Catholic Faith. If you or someone you know are seeking answers, call and register for the process in the parish office. Classes will be offered in both English and Spanish.
 
fleur cross logo Please consider our Catholic School. We invite you to visit our website, stbernpar.org/parishschool, if you would like to see what we can do for your child. Call our St. Bernadette School office at 703-451-8696 to learn more, or to arrange for a tour.
 
fleur cross logo Registration is still open for all classes, we hope to see you soon!
 
fleur cross logo Religious Education Class Enrollment is NOW!  Registration forms are available in the Church Vestibule and Parish Office. For more information, please visit our website: stbernpar.org
 
fleur cross logo Calling all Catechists! Please respond to the call to share your faith with our children and the youth of the parish, Catechist Meetings begin mid-August, so please sign up soon.
 
fleur cross logo Please support St. Bernadette School! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school every time you shop, at no cost to you. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to St. Bernadette School. See page 8 for more details.
 
fleur cross logo Simplify Your Life: Would you like to say “no” without guilt and “yes” with enthusiasm?  The Called & Gifted workshop, which is being held August 18 and 19, will help you find out how. 

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ August 6, 2017

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
After attending the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in July, I have thought a lot about the value of diversity in our community, and the message that came through so loud and clear from the cardinals and bishops, that we need to be a Church that embraces our reality: we are a Church which comes from all cultures and backgrounds, social circles and formative relationships, and that we must represent Jesus in our outreach and service to all.  There are no exceptions to those who Jesus loves; he loves us all.  Is this not the foundation of our own hope?
 
I marvel as I look around this parish of Saint Bernadette.  We have people from so many countries—maybe all of them.  On any Sunday you come into contact with nearly every culture contributing to God’s family—or, perhaps it is better said that you have the potential of coming into contact with all.
 
The reality is that life today stresses the importance of minding our own business.  That we aren’t supposed to get involved in each others’ stuff.  Nobody wants to know what I’m thinking—God knows, everybody has an opinion and it is uncool to suggest that someone might be wrong, even me.  So we walk down the street, in our own bubbles, we don’t meet eye to eye with others, we don’t make contact.  Even I would suggest that someone who seemed too interested in meeting total strangers might be borderline creepy. 
 
But we, ourselves, deeply long to be known in relationship, and to know others.
 
You and I are not walking down the street at Saint Bernadette.  There is something here that has called us together.  There is no such thing as an accident, we are meant to cross paths.  What does the Lord have to say to me by the sudden entrance of this person into my life?  Can I step beside the immediate, automatic response of pretending that this person isn’t there?  [My mom used to say to just ignore them and maybe they’ll go away.]
 
I am addressing this seed of division that lies deep within us—who knows why, perhaps the uncertainty and cruelty of the world as we know it today, or the basic lack of kindness and utter disrespect we see between leaders and experts around us today.  Maybe we have had serious emotional wounds in the past or disappointments that have clouded our perceptions so deeply that we don’t trust easily.  Maybe we ourselves have been the objects of real discrimination and hatred and we wonder if we measure up.  Maybe we have collapsed, imploded under the confusion and demands of today’s expectations, many of which have nothing to do with the life of faith.
 
Well, these are real things.  But into the Church these things must not enter.  Much to the criticism of many, politics is left at the door.  It is alive and well everywhere else.  There can be no hesitation to look into each others’ eyes and know each other and learn to love.  Otherwise there can be no community.  The things that destroy community have no place here, where kindness and respect must live if we are to name ourselves Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  There is to be no place for division resulting from racism, discrimination, prejudice or any kind of judgment due to economic position or social standing.  The early Christians were known by all as those counter-cultural people who loved everyone, regardless of difference.  The people who would go out in the mountains and rescue and adopt the babies abandoned there, and care for them as their own.
 
There may be no factions in the parish.  We can meet in small groups to grow in sharing, but there can be no youth group per se, or Spanish ministry or senior group.  Do you see how we have divided?  Perhaps without even realizing it. 
Rather, youth must be in every group, Spanish-speaking people need to be involved in everything, and Vietnamese and whatever other language is out there.  Seniors must share their wisdom in shaping all ministries, so that the healthy mixture of young and old from all corners of the earth can together accomplish the mission of this parish.
 
We have deep tendencies to shy away from these things, to stick with the crowd that is comfortable, which thinks like we do or eats what we like to eat.  If you think it through to the logical conclusion, this behavior will never bring about growth.
 
Unless you are perfectly happy with who you are and where you are right now in your life, please listen.  I’ve never known a truly happy person that didn’t thirst for new life from a widening circle of friends, from a community who challenges them, from a God who suprises us every day if we are paying attention.
 
May God bless you.
 

Announcements ~ July 30, 2017

fleur cross logo Beginning today our Sunday Mass schedule has changed. Saturday Vigil Mass is now at 5pm (Confessions at 3:30pm); Sunday Masses are  offered at 7:30am, 9am, 11am, 1pm (Spanish) and 5pm.
 
fleur cross logo Please consider our Catholic School. We invite you to visit our website, stbernpar.org/parishschool, if you would like to see what we can do for your child. Call our St. Bernadette School office at 703-451-8696 to learn more, or to arrange for a tour. Registration is still open for all classes, we hope to see you soon!
 
fleur cross logo Religious Education Class Enrollment is NOW!  Registration forms are available in the Church Vestibule and Parish Office. For more information, please visit our website: stbernpar.org
 
fleur cross logo The Greater Springfield Communities of Faith are providing school supplies for children in our community. Each child will receive a backpack with necessary school supplies. Any extra supplies will be distributed to ECHO, Springfield/Franconia Resource Center, Crestwood Family Center, Crestwood, Garfield, or Lynbrook Elementary Schools, among others. Supplies should be turned in by TODAY. Please see list of items on page 7. A box will be available in the Church Vestibule to place your donations.
 
fleur cross logo The Propagation of the Faith Second Collection is next weekend. Donations will assist the Diocese of Jinja, Uganda. and communities in other developing countries and in remote Australia.
 
fleur cross logo Please support St. Bernadette School! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school every time you shop, at no cost to you. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to St. Bernadette School. See page 8 for more details.
 

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ July 30, 2017

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
Why Catholic?  A couple of years back Pope Benedict XVI sparked a great controversy with something he said, and it put a magnifying glass on an important topic, even if just for a moment.  He was speaking about the Jewish people, but it applies for all people, really.  It is a topic that is not considered politically correct if Catholics talk about it, but it seems to be acceptable for most other religions.  It has to do with the difference between proselytizing and proclaiming.
 
Pope Benedict’s discussion considered the tension between the Church’s teaching that Jews will ultimately be saved because they were asked by God, through the law and prophets, to join him in the initial covenant, and what God does he does not revoke, nor does he make mistakes.  What he formed with the Israelites was truly a good and holy relationship and those who stay faithful to God can be saved.  But, Pope Benedict said, this cannot rob us of our obligation to proclaim Jesus Christ and his gift of saving love for all peoples, and to spread the Gospel to all who have not heard it.
 
The problem is, that for so many centuries this was done with coercion.  Terrible scenes unfolded over the centuries with regard to the Jewish people, how they were forced to convert or die.  We see these terrible images alive in our modern world and wonder how poeple could do such terrible things to other people, particularly where the cause of their suffering is faithfulness?
 
What Pope Benedict said didn’t make anyone happy.  I had a teacher in seminary who told me once that you aren’t doing your job if someone isn’t upset with you, because what we do is supposed to reveal the truth; sometimes it reveals the falseness of some.  The Jewish people were angry because Benedict said we should still proclaim the Gospel to all people, the Catholics were angry because they wanted to hear that only Catholics were saved.
 
We look around the world today into cultures that we might refer to as “developing” and see that many Catholics are being “stolen” by other Christian churches who claim that the Catholic Church isn’t true Christianity and that to be saved you must convert to their religion.  We become upset when we see so many people go elsewhere after being told a lie.
You see, although we believe that baptism administered validly is valid for all people in all Christian churches, we still hold that the fullness of the faith is found in the Catholic Church.  At one time—including the eastern churches, up until the 12th century, ultimately in the Reformation of 1517—all churches were “Catholic.”  Generally, there wasn’t question about divisions that would exclude someone from one or another church.  But as churches broke away, in the splintering process, important things also were left behind.  Take marriage, which is such an issue today, for example.  As Protestant churches split away, marriage was no longer held as a sacrament, and civil marriage was accepted as valid. What results is confusion.  We see these issues with regard to sacraments, governance, authority, holy orders (ordination) and other significant articles of belief. Once something was rejected, opinion began to replace truth.  I am a priest in the Catholic Church today because I value truth over opinion.  And things like doctrine and rules are not only important to me, the are the only way to preserve an order that will defend doctrine.
 
So, as it is possible that people of good will who are faithful to what they believe, by the mercy of God, have a chance for salvation, it does matter what you believe.  One of the saddest things I can hear someone say is, “It doesn’t matter which church, they’re all the same.”  If only that were true, but it isn’t.  A minimalist might say that it doesn’t matter what you believe:  “as long as I get my foot in the door...”  But is that why God put us here?  Or did he give us life so that we might truly know him, and through the sacraments seek the deepest life and love with him that is available to us here on earth?  For this to happen there must be a moral compass that all of us follow, as a rule, or else the needle goes in all directions, and we forget there is an east and a west.  There really is a need for one person to speak on behalf of all the Church, someone that speaks with an inspired voice that brings us all back together.  There are as many churches today as there are preachers.  And last I checked, it was Jesus that established the Church.
 
That is why we have RCIA, because it does matter.  We are not out to steal anyone, but to offer the same welcome Jesus first gave to his disciples when he said, “Come and see.” RCIA classes begin in September—spread the Good News.
 
May God bless you.
 
 
 

Announcements - July 23, 2017

fleur cross logo Please note this most important announcement:  Beginning Sunday, 30 July 2017, our Sunday Mass schedule will change.  Saturday Vigil Mass will now be at 5pm (Confessions at 3:30pm); Sunday Masses will be offered at 7:30am, 9am, 11am, 1pm (Spanish) and 5pm.
 
fleur cross logo This Monday, July 24: Monthly Ecumenical Prayer Service in the Taizé Tradition. Join us for this tradition of prayer for unity and peace in our world. 8-8:45pm every fourth Monday of the month. All are welcome, invite your Christian friends
 
fleur cross logo Please consider our Catholic School. We invite you to visit our website, stbernpar.org/parishschool, if you would like to see what we can do for your child. Call our St. Bernadette School office at 703-451-8696 to learn more, or to arrange for a tour. Registration is still open for all classes, we hope to see you soon!
 
fleur cross logo Religious Education Class Enrollment is NOW!  Registration forms are available in the Church Vestibule and Parish Office. For more information, please visit our website: stbernpar.org
 
fleur cross logo Please support St. Bernadette School! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school every time you shop, at no cost to you. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to St. Bernadette School. See page 8 for more details.
 
fleur cross logo The Greater Springfield Communities of Faith are providing school supplies for children in our community. Each child will receive a backpack with necessary school supplies. Any extra supplies will be distributed to ECHO, Springfield/Franconia Resource Center, Crestwood Family Center, Crestwood, Garfield, or Lynbrook Elementary Schools, among others. Supplies should be turned in by NEXT Sunday, July 30.  Please see list of items on page 7. A box will be available in the Church Vestibule to place your donations.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ July 23, 2017

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

While everyone is traveling this summer, I would like to remind everyone that you can keep up on what is going on in the parish by staying connected online. We try to run items a little more frequently than the rest of year, knowing that people are in and out weekends enjoying the summer, but news comes and goes and this summer we have a lot of news! If you would like a reminder when news is posted on the parish website, subscribe with your email address and you will received notifications.

Similarly, many have said that they have been keeping up with my homilies by reading this column each week. I would like to remind you that this column and my weekly homily are usually completely different: you can access the bulletin every week by clicking on “bulletins” under the “welcome” menu at the top of the website—and you can also find audio recordings of all my homilies just under that, by clicking on “homilies” under the “welcome” menu at the top. The welcome box at the center of the first page has a button “Announcements” where you will also find this article, as well as the most important announcements of the week and helpful links, such as the registration form for Called and Gifted, the Religious Education registration form, and others.

Mass intentions still are a sore subject, and I don’t know what to say, other than please be patient. Masses are requested now beyond a year from now, especially with Mass intentions from all the daily Spanish Masses which were canceled when Fr. William left. I just found out we still need to reschedule these in the future and will notify people as best we can when we have the new Mass dates. In the meantime, Fr. Vu and I (and other visiting priests) can use nonscheduled Mass intentions for Masses which are not on the regular schedule, such as when we concelebrate or travel. In that way we might be able to fulfill a need for a Mass earlier than a year from now.

As you notice on the new schedule, confessions now begin on Saturdays at 3:30pm. We have been able to complete confessions for all who come on Saturdays so far with only two priests. If this becomes insufficient, and also during busier confessions seasons of Advent and Lent, we will seek to hire another priest to come and help. For now, Fr. Vu is using the confessional on the north end of the church, and speaks English and Vietnamese. I am in the south confessional (previously Fr. William’s) and speak English and Spanish. We will begin at 3:30pm, and will finish when the line runs out, or at 4:45pm in time to prepare for the 5pm Mass.

Part of our plans in the renovation of the church will be to add two new confessionals for the future. The original plans of the church included four confessionals, and only two were built. We will continue to celebrate large penance services in Advent and Lent to accommodate all of you who so faithfully come to celebrate reconciliation during those seasons in preparation for the big feasts of Christmas and Easter.

This week we will finally be underway with our project of digging out the lower school wing opposite the church, to waterproof the foundation and improve drainage. It is a big job and there will be large piles of soil and gravel on the property. The sidewalk between the school and the chapel and the side door of the church will be surrounded with safety fence for safety. Please make sure that your children don’t play in these areas when on the property. And pray for good weather so that we can get all of the soil put back in place and new sidewalks poured before school starts back in five weeks!

We have had a chance to make many nice improvements in the school. Bathrooms are becoming beautiful and clean, and hallways have received some upgrades. We have plumbed a sink and purchased lab tables for the new LabLearner room where students K-5 can go for hands-on science experiences. It is amazing what some fresh paint, clean floors and better lighting can do for educational and work spaces. Hopefully by the time you are reading this our new sign at the street (installation now five weeks behind schedule) will be up and running. Our other projects for the second preschool classroom, school office expansion and parish office expansion are all up for public hearing July 19 with no expected surprises, so hopefully we can work on a schedule for those pieces soon. I had a couple of other projects planned for the summer but they got bogged down in red tape in one way or another and will have to wait until later.

In the meantime, stay cool.

May God bless you.

          

 

 

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