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Fr. John Gerritts - September 23, 2018

Last week I wrote about the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). We have some exciting news to announce in this regard. To keep you reading, I am holding off on sharing the news with you until later in the article. Each year every parish in the Diocese is assessed a determined amount that must be raised to help cover the costs related to the operation of our Diocesan Church. The goal for the Diocese of Superior this year is $2,250,000. Each parish’s portion is calculated by taking a percentage of the revenue that a parish takes in from regular adult giving, plus interest earned on any investments. Parishes with a Catholic school receive a credit based on the amount the parish spends in support of the school. Our assessment for this year is just over $128,264, which is the amount we must pay to the Diocese by the end of the year.

Even if we do not collect the full amount we must still pay our total assessment. If we surpass our assessment, we are refunded the overage for our own use. The appeal is the primary source of funding for our Diocese. The funds from the CSA are used to educate our seminarians and provide them with health insurance; pay the salaries for our Diocesan staff; support Catholic Charities; allow the Diocese to sponsor youth activities such as Extreme Faith Camp and the annual Youth Rally; offer educational opportunities for parish staff, school teachers, youth ministers, deacons, and priests; and supply a variety of other programs and services.

We clearly benefit from the Diocese and many of the services they provide. If the Diocesan staff didn’t handle negotiations for basic things such as all of our insurance needs – health, liability, workers comp, unemployment, and property – we would be paying more than our annual assessment just to cover our parish’s insurance needs (yes we have checked, and in most cases we couldn’t even get a quote).

In the past we have not made a real hard pitch at Saint Patrick in the fall for supporting the CSA. As a result we’ve often had to make a second pitch in the spring, but typically have ended up paying $40,000-$60,000 to cover the balance still owed because we had not achieved the goal set for us. Hopefully you noticed that this last spring we did not make a last minute request to raise more for the CSA. We were able to cover the balance owed with what we had taken in during the year from the regular collection, gifts, and other revenue sources. Therefore we are putting more emphasis on the appeal this fall. I did not ask for additional contributions last spring, nor have I any intention of asking again this coming spring.

Now for the exciting news: we have received an anonymous donation of $25,000 as a challenge gift. We will receive the $25,000 if we are able to raise the remaining $103,264. The party pledging this amount wishes to show their dedication to the church in the face of current controversies and trials. Their commitment to our faith transcends the immediate conversation and indicates instead a devotion and perseverance to the church Jesus Christ founded.

That would mean for the first time in many years we will have met our goal, and come next spring we will not need to pay the Diocese $40,000-$60,000 from our operational budget to make up any shortfall. These are funds that we can instead use for youth activities, parish and school staff salaries, maintenance, Bible studies, outreach, and much more!

Therefore if you received a form from the Diocese in the mail, you can turn it in to our parish or return directly to the Diocese. Just make sure you indicate that you are a member of Saint Patrick Parish-Hudson. If you did not receive a mailing from the Diocese we have envelopes available for everyone by the entrances of the church. We are hoping you can turn in your pledge by the weekend of September 29-30. You may make your payment all at once or contribute on a monthly basis. Whichever the case, please pledge to support the Diocese as you are able. Thank you! 



Friday, September 21
5:45 AM That Man is You
9:00 AM Mass at School

~ Saturday, September 22
8:00 AM Dustbusters
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass 
6:00 PM Baptism

~ Sunday, September 23
8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass 
11:30 AM Baptism
2:00 PM Funeral for Margorie Wilgren
4:00 PM Baptism

~ Monday, September 24
8:00 AM Mass 
8:00 AM Walking with Purpose
9:00 AM Bakery and Produce Giveaway
6:00 PM Boy Scouts
6:00 PM RCIA Discovery Session
8:00 PM Walking with Purpose Bible Study

~Tuesday, September 25
8:00 AM Mass
4:00 PM Extended Food Shelf Hours
6:00 PM Family Rosary

7:00 PM Pastoral Council

~ Wednesday, September 26
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass - CCH

7:00 PM Wednesday Night Live

~Thursday, September 27
6:45 AM Toastmasters
8:00 AM Mass
9:00 AM Bible Study
9:30 AM Small Group Faith Sharing
10:30 AM  Mass - Comforts of Home
1:00 PM Charity Quilters
7:00 PM Praise Company Rehearsal

~ Friday, September 28
5:45 AM That Man is You
9:00 AM Mass at School
11:00 AM Memorial Mass for Curtis Brisson

~ Saturday, September 29
8:00 AM Dustbusters
10:00 AM Confessions
11:00 AM 7 Sister Apostolate
5:00 PM Mass 
5:00 PM Soul Singers
5:00 PM RCIA Begins, Meal to Follow

~ Sunday, September 30
8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass 
11:30 AM Baptism
7:00 PM Oasis

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