The parish Visioning Team is organizing two meetings at the end of September in order to discuss our common life with St. George. I challenged the team to consider the question, “How are we going to be a thriving parish with one priest?” and to design a process that will lead to that reality. Your feedback is invaluable as we strive to discern what parish life will be like with the ongoing shortage of priests and decrease in number of vocations.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has sought out exemplary parish volunteers for more than a decade who quietly, but generously serve their fellow parishioners. The Cardinal Rigali Award is named after Justin Cardinal Rigali who made a gift of his life to the Church internationally. He studied to be a parish priest in Los Angeles, but God had other plans. When asked “to serve,” Cardinal Rigali said, “Here I am. Send me.” The Cardinal Rigali Award for Outstanding Service is given to a wide range of people across the Archdiocese of St. Louis. They include parish volunteers and one of the over 6,000 employees of the Church.
It is a privilege for me to announce to you that Mr. Rick Bakersmith will be recognized for his uncommon and generous service to the local Church and the parishes of St. Dominic Savio and St. George this year. It is not just the unstinting willingness to be of service that recommends Rick for this recognition, but also the length of time he has sustained his commitment to other people and his unhesitating willingness to do whatever is necessary to advance the mission of the organization he is a part of and the parish.
Rick has been involved in a variety of roles in the St. George – St. Dominic Savio Athletic Association for over 20 years. With Tom Shaver, Rick has been co-director of the Athletic Association for the last 10 years. His sole focus is to provide young people with the best opportunity they can have to participate in recreational sports. He cares for the fields, maintains the concession stand, mops floors, completes piles of paperwork, attends countless meetings and has coached many teams…all for the good of children. In addition to the Athletic Association, Rick has been involved in various committees through the years and does a great deal with the Men’s club which does so much to support the parish and the school. Rick would be the first to mention that Linda, his wife, who has made innumerable contributions of her own to the parish, is a great support to him. Together, they are wonderful examples of selfless service to their two boys, Tommy and Ricky. Congratulations, Rick. We are all proud of you and are grateful for your positive and plentiful contributions to the parishes of St. George and St. Dominic Savio.
Many of you participate in our parish’s online giving program. Your generous giving is appreciated by so many and helps our parish carry on the work Jesus gave us. To help us maintain and grow this mission, our parish is in the process of transitioning from ParishPay to WeShare, a new online giving tool. WeShare makes it easier than ever for you to manage your online contributions and will save our parish time and money.
To make this transition as seamless as possible, please visit our parish website, click the ParishPay link, and log into your online giving account. Review your contact information, address, payment method, and current giving for accuracy. Make any necessary changes and that’s it. If you run into any issues accessing your account, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-950- 9952, and select Option One.
Sacred heart of Jesus, pray for us,
Fr. Paul Rothschild