You are well-acquainted with all the good work the Annual Catholic Appeal does for real people throughout the Archdiocese. Roughly, 35% of the monies you donate supports Catholic education: scholarships for school families, tuition support for Catholic school teachers, support for our archdiocesan high schools like Bishop Dubourg and Rosati-Kain, the formation program for the permanent diaconate (Mike Brancato) and the ongoing formation of priests (Fr. Lydon and myself). Your sacrificial gifts provide sanctuary for abused women (and their children) and life-giving options for women in a crisis pregnancy. Make no mistake about it, your prayerful donations to the Annual Catholic Appeal impact the lives of real people, young and old, and reverberate in their lives for years. Please take a moment to complete your card after Mass.
Even if you are unable to give at this time, I heartily encourage you to sign your pledge card after Masses this weekend. We have to account for everyone’s pledge card and taking the time to sign your card will reduce the amount of postage we have to purchase in order to send the card to your home. So, thank you for all that you have done in the past to make this appeal so successful and please join your fellow parishioners in making the 2016 appeal another great success.
Eric and Beth Lauver, dear parishioners, are the proud parents of triplets. The three boys came into the world in December and arrived home from the hospital in February where they had to spend a few extra days. As you can imagine, the triplets require a great deal of care and Eric and Beth’s extended family is pitching in with help. Please assist the parish Pro-Life committee as we conduct a Diaper Drive for the Lauver family. See the next page for further details.
Please keep our Eighth Graders in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. They have been praying and studying throughout the school year in preparation for this moment when they will receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit in their lives and be empowered to witness boldly to their faith in Jesus Christ. Confirmation will take place at the Cathedral Basilica at 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 24.
Given the dwindling number of Catholics in the south county area, at least as compared to the number in 1990, just 25 years ago, an increasing number of parishes have discovered the importance of pooling resources in order to achieve our mission as parishes. A good example of this is Holy Cross Academy. As a result of that effort, the pastor of St. Michael the Archangel (Shrewsbury), Fr. Schroeder, asked me in January if we might be interested in merging our Parish School of Religion programs (PSR). As director of the PSR, I immediately asked Deacon John to participate in these discussions which developed over the last couple of months. Our two programs are roughly equivalent in size and cost. We believe we can offer a much stronger religious education program together than we can as individual parishes. After consulting with the SDS PSR Board that assists Deacon John, we have decided to join our program with St. Michael’s on the St. Dominic Savio campus. We expect to educate twice the number of students for the same cost. We will one faculty, rather than two; one administration, rather than two; one budget, rather than two. Moving in this direction is good stewardship and is another example of how we are achieving one of our goals for Parish planning.
Ms. Amber Reyes, a 2012 graduate of St. Dominic Savio School, will be awarded the Archbishop May Service Award for 2016 for the outstanding charitable work she has done during her years at Rosati-Kain High School. We congratulate her and the other award winners for following the example of Jesus Christ in doing good works.
Sacred heart of Jesus, pray for us
Fr. Paul Rothschild