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Last weekend in the homily I spoke of trust, looking at it from the perspective of trust among our parish staff and parishioners, and about trust in relation to humility and vulnerability. With regards to humility, I suggested that it is important that we see one another as servants. Further I offered that at some point, we need to make the decision whether or not to give our trust to others. After Easter we will move forward with this topic, from the perspectives of accountability and commitment.

To advance our parish both from a practical standpoint but also to help in building trust, we are seeking to hire a parish administrator. I have the full support of our parish trustees, Finance Council, and Pastoral Council for this decision. Our parish is a fairly large corporation: we have an operating budget of over $3 million; staff of nearly 50 people; two large buildings (including our school) and close to 20 acres of property; membership of 1800 families; and numerous programs and ministries. Like many things, managing all of this has become quite complicated, includes more dependence on technology, and there are an increase in policies, rules, and laws to which we must adhere. A parish that is well administered is more likely to warrant your trust.

More and more I find it difficult to serve as both administrator and priest. It can be hard to address personnel issues, award contracts, choose a particular bid for projects or equipment, and decide on a host of other “business” type decisions in a manner that is in the best interest of the parish while concurrently serving as pastor. With the position of parish administrator I anticipate a higher level of accountability among staff and volunteers, better transparency and communication, and more importantly it will allow me to focus more fully on the pastoral needs of the parish.

It makes sense to do this now because our Director of Finance, Barbara Kaiser, will be retiring this May. She would like to continue her employment on a part-time basis, and would handle such things as accounts payable, payroll, etc. Our yet to be hired parish administrator would take over other duties for which Barb is currently responsible, along with additional duties. We will advertise this as a full-time position, but would consider a candidate who is properly suited for the position and is looking for less than full-time employment. The complete job description will be posted on our website in the coming week. Please join me in praying that we find a parish administrator who will help us in further building our parish community.

Fr. John Gerritts
March 29, 2015



 
 

       


 


                              












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THIS WEEK


                              
~Saturday  March 28
8:00 AM Dust Busters
8:00 AM Palm Weaving
9:00 AM Divine Mercy Study
10:00 AM Reconciliation
11:00 AM Funeral for Mary Anne Hetrick
4:30 PM Hope for a Home

5:00 PM Mass 
Scrip available after Mass

~ Sunday, March 29
Palm Sunday
Masses 7, 9, 11 AM
Social by Gala Committee
9:00 AM RCIA
5:30 PM Light Weigh One Kind Bible Study
Scrip available after Masses

~ Monday, March 30
8:00 AM Mass
9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal

~Tuesday, March 31
8:00 AM Mass
3:30 PM Youth Worship Team
6:00 PM Family Rosary
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal

~ Wednesday, April 1
8:00 AM Mass
NO FAITH FORMATION CLASSES
10:00 AM Mass at CCH
6:00 PM Holy Thursday Rehearsal
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal

~Thursday, April 2
HOLY THURSDAY
7:00 AM TMJ
8:00 AM Morning Prayer
7:00 PM Mass of the Lord's Supper

Followed by Adoration until 10:00 PM

~ Friday, April 3
GOOD FRIDAY
PARISH OFFICES CLOSED
8:00 AM Morning Prayer
1:00 PM Passion of the Lord
7:00 PM Stations of the Cross

~ Saturday, April 4
Holy Saturday

8:00 AM Morning Prayer
11:30 AM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets
8:00 PM Vigil











DIOCESAN VOCATIONS PRAYER

O God, we earnestly ask you to bless our diocese with many priests, brothers, sisters and deacons who will love You with their whole mind and heart and gladly spend their entire lives serving Your Church and making You known and loved. Bless our families, bless our children, and choose from our homes those needed for your work. Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for our priests, religious, and deacons. Obtain for us many more. We ask this through Christ our Lord.    Amen.


   










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