Well, here we are in the midst of winter. I’m grateful for living at a time when indoor heat (and plumbing) is the norm, but I am ready for Spring to spring. I know, patience.
Pray for a Miracle:
You may recall a few months ago, our Knights of Columbus passed out a prayer card to Blessed Michael McGivney. This was right around the time Fr. McGivney, the founder of the Knights, was declared a blessed by the Church. The final step to being officially canonized is a confirmed miracle, so the cards were intended to encourage us to pray through Bl. McGivney’s intercession for miracles. While there are many needs for healing among all our families and friends, I want to ask all of us to pray together to Bl. McGivney for one healing specifically. Pray for the healing of Kaiya Misiuk. She is a young child of one who has brain tumors. Past surgeries and treatment seemed to have brought healing, but recently the family found out that they have returned, and the underlying cause, as I understand it, makes it likely that without a miracle she will have to fight against tumors for the rest of her life. Obviously, this is a great suffering for her and her family, though they are all facing it with great faith and peace of heart. Because of her age and the situation, because she is a member of our parish, I ask that you join our Knights, her family and your fellow parishioners in praying to Bl. McGivney for a miracle of healing for Kaiya. There are special prayer cards in the church, we will include them in coming bulletins, our email blast and social media (Sign up for our email blast!). I have a strong sense that the Holy Spirit is behind this request, so whether God grants a miracle for Kaiya, I believe God wants to do something very good for Kaiya, her family and our parish if we respond to this invitation to prayer. Thank you.
A New Furnace
I am excited to share the good news that we will have new furnaces (and AC units) for our church building. The furnaces will be installed this week, and the AC units in the Spring. The current furnaces are original to the building, almost 40 years old. It’s amazing that they have lasted this long. I want to thank Bill Stroup in a special way for working to get several bids. This took a commitment of time, effort and patience on his part. We are blessed to have such a man in our parish. Please thank him. A thank you to Don Pollard and Ray Foust for much of the daily care over the years. A thank you too, to our Finance Council for their work on this project. Because of Bill Stroup’s efforts we are confident we have a good company who gave us a great price. We are paying $25,900 for six new furnaces and four new AC units, along with cleaning and insulating some of the pipes and duct work, and other minor improvements. This is a big-ish project for our parish, so I want to take this opportunity to invite you to consider a special gift to help cover the cost. There is a group in our parish that is interested in making a “matching offer” donation, so that every dollar given for this project they will match, up to a certain point. Stay tuned for detail on this when I get confirmation. Whatever money we don’t raise specifically for this project will have to come out of our savings. Perhaps the money you received from the last stimulus check is not necessary to help you pay the bills. Please consider giving something, as your situation permits. Thank you. Financially, we are in good shape as a parish. We have under $20,000 to pay on our loan (not counting pledged Witness to Hope funds, which are paying off another $24,000). We are meeting our budget this year, and we have $131,000 in our savings and $55,000 in our checking. If we are able to raise some extra funds to cover this project, I expect that we will be able to pay off the remainder of our loan later this year. What a cause for celebration that will be!
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