I am getting to the final comments in our parish survey that I would like to respond to as requested by the Pastoral Council. This suggestion has to do with the Second Collection we often have for various needs. The suggestion is that we minimize this and work towards tithing and therefore designate a % of the one collection each weekend to the second collections when they come around.
My response to this suggestion is to say that I will inquire with the Diocese over this. Many of our second collections are national collections set up by the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Limiting a percentage of the one weekend collection to each of them when the date for them comes up may lessen the amount we usually collect. I will keep the parish informed on this.
Getting back to Church building anniversaries I want to mention that I will soon be working on pulling together a committee at St. Denis to begin planning for the 200th Anniversary in 2018 of the establishment in 1818 of St. Denis parish as an offshoot of St. Patrick’s in Newcastle. The present St. Denis church was dedicated in 1833.
We will also celebrate the 100th Anniversary in 2018 of the 1918 opening of the present St. Joseph Church in Gardiner which replaced the original church when the parish there was established in 1858 as another offshoot of St. Patrick’s in Newcastle. Stay tuned!!!
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who donated to this year’s Catholic Appeal. It is only with your generosity that we have reached our goal. The Annual Catholic Appeal provides vital support to the many ministries at work in our Diocese. Our support of the Appeal is crucial to the work of these ministries.