Pastor's Letter for the July 18, 2021 bulletin

Pastor’s Letter for the July 18, 2021 bulletin

I’m happy to announce a new principal for St. Benedict School.  Thank you to Traci Mitchell for assuming this new role of service for our parish community.  I’m looking forward to introducing her to our parish community as we draw closer to the beginning of the new school year.  We were blessed to have several applicants and Traci emerged from among them as an exceptional candidate.  Thank you to all who have been praying for this principal search process and thank you for your continued prayers. 

We are blessed with a strengthening of St. Benedict School as planning from several years ago is now bearing fruit with the first four grades with full classes and even a couple of them with waiting lists.  Our parish support of the School amidst this past year’s exceptional circumstances was tremendous.  Thanks, again, to all as we continue to move forward as a blessing for our larger community. 

I received a message from the Knights of Columbus headquarters that the application for the 2nd ultrasound machine for Open Arms Pregnancy Center has been accepted as complete and that they should receive the funding for the machine in August.  The first one was for their new mobile unit and this 2nd one is for their offices here in Cambridge.  I will let you know when there will be a blessing of the new machines. 

We’re due find another trail with our Holy Hikers.  Let us plan another Sunday afternoon hike next week on July 25th, leaving from the Gomber Avenue parking lot at 2:30 p.m. or meeting at the parking lot at the beginning of the Primitive Camping parking lot along Parker Road at Salt Fork State Park at 3:00 p.m. There are several places where we can connect with portions of the Buckeye Trail and we can choose from that point, based on our group. Indeed, all are welcome for these hikes!  Please feel free to recommend trails at other parks that you have enjoyed.  Thanks!

As mentioned last week, we are progressing through this year’s Diocesan/Parish Share Campaign, the DPSC.  We have returned the brochures and envelopes to the pews for the next few weeks, with another pulpit appeal probably next week.  Among the ways other parishes have been able to meet their goals is that a number of parishioners might give their parish support offerings through the DPSC.  We have an annual parish goal and once that goal is reached, the extra returns to the parish, assessment-free.  When we don’t reach our goal during the campaign time, we add that remaining amount to our regular, monthly assessment.  Thank you to all who have already participated in this year’s campaign.

May the Lord help us to experience the transforming power of God’s mercy!  May Our Lord help us to be always ready for the gift of eternal life in Heaven!