February 17, 2021 Update from Fr. Dale

February 17, 2021
Ash Wednesday

Greetings and welcome to the “doorstep” to the Lenten Season 2021!  I hope this finds you well and warm.  There are a few things that I would like to share with you today.

First, we are days away from the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new Parish Activity Center (as well as renovations of the old parish hall).  Archbishop Kurtz is scheduled to be here for the 11AM mass and then ceremonies will follow.  We are in hopes that this short ceremony will be made available to everyone through Facebook and our website.  Come celebrate what you have achieved!  It has been five years in the making and now we want to plant the seeds of this building and give God thanks for all that He makes possible.

Secondly, please say a prayer for the Selection Committee (as always, all three non-parishioners) for The Pat French Scholarship recipient.  The committee has their work cut out for them in selecting the 2021 recipient.  Five of our high school seniors have applied and all are very quality individuals who have exceedingly bright futures in whatever each hopes to become.  These are the candidates in alphabetical order: Aeron Adams, Madelyn Clan, Bryce Clements, Grace McCarter and Pierce Williams.  I know that you may know any one of them well and you can see what I mean when saying, the best of the best have surfaced.  Beyond the scholarship, please keep them in prayer as they come closer to graduation and future studies this spring.  We are all the better for having them in our faith family… always.

Thirdly, an anonymous donor has purchased over 100 copies of a book entitled “Trouble with Lent: The Adventures of Nick and Sam” by Paul McCusker, This Augustine Institute publication is written for young people of middle and late grade school age.  ANY of our young people are welcomed to a FREE copy of this book.  Please let the office know so that a copy can be obtained.  As stated on the back of the book, “Giving up chocolate and hamburgers are only part of the trouble as Sam becomes her class contestant in the school spelling bee and Nick gets distracted by a new friend who is determined to find a Big Foot creature.  Three are temptations to be fought, lessons to be learned, and danger on the ice in this fun and touching lead-up to Easter Sunday.”  Reserve your copy today!!

Fourthly, we have found a new Pastoral Associate.  Her name is Paula Silliman and she will be coming to us as she completes her work as the Pastoral Associate from St. Ignatius Parish.  Paula, her husband Ben and their children are parishioners of St. Gabriel Parish and we will welcome Paula on March 1st!  God has answered our prayers for this key role in parish leadership. Welcome Paula!

Lastly, thanks again for all your fine stewardship in Time, Talent and Treasure. As a reminder, please return your Stewardship Intention Cards as soon as possible and thanks to all 147 of 850 who have already done so…  

In a prayerful Lenten Season,

Father Dale