St. Patricks Hudson

The Catholic Community of Hudson, Wisconsin

Father John’s Message

Fr. John Gerritts  |   

19 January 2020

As you are hopefully aware, we have begun a capital campaign. You may remember we completed a planning study last fall that included four informational meetings and we passed out a twenty page document at church for those who were not able to attend one of the meetings that provided information about our parish, an overview of why we need a capital campaign at this time and an explanation of projects we need to complete most of which are related to the maintenance and upkeep of our buildings and grounds.

The planning study provided gave us great information including that there is significant support for our parish to move forward and successfully complete a capital campaign. After reviewing the information and meeting with the firm hired to complete the planning study, our Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Finance Council, trustees, and Bishop Powers all agreed we should proceed with a capital campaign. For this campaign we will be assisted by the firm Hal Johnson and Associates, who has more guided more than 300 capital campaigns. A campaign cabinet comprised of eleven parishioners, Steve Richter our Parish Administrator, and myself is guiding the campaign.

Just prior to Christmas we initiated the first phase the capital campaign. For this part of the campaign we (the campaign cabinet) visit with an initial group of parishioners to help jump start our campaign. The response from these visits has been positive and we thank those who have already offered their financial sup-port.

It is important to remember that we are inviting everyone to consider a serious and prayerful financial commitment based on their blessings and capacity to respond. As a result, we ask for your patience and understanding as we take each phase of our invitation in a deliberate and thoughtful manner. One decision, one financial commitment at a time, we will be able to raise the funds to upgrade and improve our church and school facilities.

Ongoing updates and information on our Capital Campaign can be found through our Home Page link/button, Honoring our Past… Shaping our Future…

Last week I used a prayer called the “Litany of Humility”. Several asked for a copy and so here it is:

 

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, O Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praised and I go unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.