Major Sewer Backup, School Board Elections, and Summer Mass Schedule

//Major Sewer Backup, School Board Elections, and Summer Mass Schedule

Major Sewer Backup, School Board Elections, and Summer Mass Schedule

Dear Parishioners,

We had a momentous weekend (Mother’s Day weekend) at St. Dominic Savio. On Friday, we had a MAJOR sewer back up into the basement of the Huhn Center that required three days of clean-up by Woodard Cleaning and Restoration Company. Reconstruction of the basement is underway and an insurance claim has been made. Please be understanding during this period of inconvenience. On Saturday, we had the Laura Albes Memorial Golf Tournament, in spite of the inclement weather, and it was a great success. And Yes, Fr. Lydon’s team won the tournament (but my nephews were unavailable this year). On Saturday morning, the pump on the baptismal font failed and the water overflowed the lower basin. Thankfully, Woodward was on the scene already and Joanne Mattler had the presence of mind to get them involved in that clean up, too. On Saturday evening, one of our parishioners got stuck in the elevator, as happens from time to time, and the fire department had to be called to extricate her.

We had our school board elections the past couple of weekends and I want to thank those who accepted nominations: Brian Hopfinger, Chris Saul and John Lydon. Brian and John were elected. As I mentioned last week, I have appointed two parishioners to the school board. They are Ken Karcher and Jean Whelehon. For those who may not be familiar with Ken and Jean, here is some biographical information.

~ My name is Ken Karcher. Many of you already know me. My wife, Rose, and I have been members of Saint Dominic Savio parish since 1987. We have two daughters who are alumni of St. Dominic Savio elementary school. Our oldest, Grace is 24. She is a 2005 graduate of SDS, a 2009 graduate of Cor Jesu Academy and a 2013 graduate of Saint Louis University (B.A. Biology). Our youngest, Emily, is 20. She is a 2009 graduate of SDS, also attended Cor Jesu Academy from which she graduated in 2009, and is currently a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland (B.A. English, with Minors in Entrepreneurship & Management and Visual Arts, 2017).

Both Rose and I have been actively involved in the parish and school over many years. As a parent of two SDS alumni, I know firsthand the critical importance our school plays in the complete education of our children, not only academically, but also spiritually, morally, emotionally, socially and physically. As a former long-time member of the SDS financial board, I am also familiar with the unique financial challenges faced by a parish supporting a Catholic elementary school. I look forward to serving with the other Board members to support and grow our school in a fiscally responsible manner.

~ My name is Jean Whelehon. My husband, Chuck, and I moved into the parish in 1984; we have been parishioners for 31+ years. Our daughter, Sarah, graduated from SDS in 1997 and attended Cor Jesu High School. Our son, Andrew, graduated SDS in 1998 and attended De Smet Jesuit High School. Both of our children strongly feel that SDS gave them a great foundation as they continued their education in high school, college and graduate studies. They both made life-long friends that they have remained in touch with today. I have a strong heart to serve and have done so in this capacity over the years: Girl Scout Leader, Room Mother, Vice President & President of PTO, SDS School Board, Parish Council President, Chaired SDS 50th Anniversary Committee, Chaired & introduced Trunk or Treat to SDS Parish, Chaired/served or volunteered on numerous Parish activities (i.e. School Picnic, Trivia Night, Ravioli Dinner, Bunco, etc.), Money Counting Team (10 years), ACA Co-Chair, Shallom House (Currently), Eucharistic Minister (Currently), St. Vincent de Paul Society Board (as needed) Chaired the first SDS Walk for the Poor Team, M & M’s Couples Group (Currently), Attended first CRHP retreat; then formed first team to facilitate CRHP retreat for Women in SDS Parish; then served/volunteered on numerous retreats.

As in years past, we will be reducing our summer weekday Mass schedule to one Mass a day. After discussion among the members of the Liturgy Committee it was decided to retain the summer Mass schedule as in previous years. And so, the daily Mass will be at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday beginning, Monday, June 1 and ending on Friday, August 14.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,


Fr. Paul Rothschild