Monsignor Mike's Desk - January 14, 2018

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We extend our CONGRATULATIONS to our CTK children who celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the very first time this past Thursday. (Their names are listed elsewhere in the bulletin today.)  May they always know of the tender mercy and great love that Jesus has for them.  May they, in turn, learn to follow Jesus in offering forgiveness and hope throughout their lives. 

The recent cold snap has caused some major problems that had to be quickly addressed.  Just a couple of days before school resumed a motor dealing with our boiler system shot craps and had to be replaced.  Also, a water main erupted on our property causing the ice you may have seen on Dartmouth.  It needed to be dug up, extracted, replaced, filled and asphalted back together.  I have some “costly” photos to offer for your viewing pleasure.

Finally, our CTK Annual Giving/90th Anniversary Roof Fund Drive will officially end January 31st.  We are narrowing the gap between donations and the goal.  Another generous parishioner, inspired by the first challenge gift, has stepped up to help us succeed by offering to match whatever else comes in these last two weeks up to $5,000.  There is still time for those of you we have not heard from to step up and be a part of our parish effort to secure our church roof for the next couple of generations.  As has been done for us by those who have gone before, so may we do for those who have yet to come to Christ the King!

Roof Fund Report as of 1/8/18 
GOAL: $200,000
TOTAL TO DATE: $139,982 + $40,900 (from Beyond Sunday) = $180,882
AMT NEEDED TO ACHIEVE GOAL:  $19,118 

May Christ the King reign in our lives.
Msgr Mike

 

Monsignor Mike's Desk - December 17, 2017

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Last week, Old World Roofing was here applying some stop gap measures to the more seriously compromised parts of our church roof and gutters.  This will get us through the winter until the big project begins sometime in spring.  To recap the project status:

· GOAL:  $200,000
· BEYOND SUNDAY FUNDS:  $40,900
· DONATED AMOUNT:  $52,890  +  $50,000 (CHALLENGE GIFT ACHIEVED) = $143,790 (as of 12/10)
· PERCENTAGE OF CTK PARTICIPATION:  19%  (74/420 CTK households)
· DONATIONS RECEIVED SINCE 12/10:  $6,503 = $150,293  (81/420) = 19% CTK households
· AMOUNT NEEDED FOR GOAL:  $49,707

Here’s hoping that gifts of gratitude will continue to come to this worthy effort for the parish.

Next Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent AND Christmas Eve.  Do not be confused on this complicated weekend.  The morning Masses are for the 4th Sunday of Advent.  The 5 p.m. Mass next Sunday evening is the first of the Christmas Eve celebrations, with the 10 p.m. Mass to follow.

Is everything in readiness — I don’t mean your shopping your trees and decorations, I mean YOU.  Are you ready, have you taken a moment to be welcoming and inviting of the Lord to be born once again into your life.  Emmanuel means “God is with us”.  What could and what should that mean to you, and what difference can it make in your living, loving, reconciling, hoping, and celebrating?

May Christ the king reign in our lives.
Msgr Mike

 

Monsignor Mike's Desk - December 10, 2017

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As you well know by now, the CTK Annual Giving campaign was given the theme: “90th Anniversary: Happy Birthday to Us”

My intention is to give particular focus to exactly where the annual campaign funds will be allocated each year.  This year, the monies will be designated for the repair and replacement of our 78 year old church/rectory clay tile roof.  In the back of the bulletin are sample photos of some of the problems we have.

The suggested plan is to remove all the tiles on the  church/rectory complex to access the felt underlayment which needs complete replacement.  There may also be need in some places to replace some wood decking that has deteriorated.  It is estimated that up to one third of the tiles would need replacement while the others would be reinstalled.  The copper downspouts and gutters would also be replaced.  And, of course, there is the scaffolding expense. 

The bid will come in two phases:  Phase 1 deals with the west side of the church and the rectory roof, downspouts and gutters.  The cost is $200,000.  Phase 2  will deal with the east side of the church roof and the bell tower.  That will be pending as to the level of success with this year’s campaign.

How is our current campaign going you might ask; here is the latest report.

GOAL: $200,000   DONATIONS TO DATE: $52,890  +  $50,000 matching grant achieved  = $102,890  +  $40,900  BEYOND SUNDAY rebate = $143,790.

In addition, we have submitted a grant application for $50,000 to the Archdiocese “Ensuring Parish Viability“ Fund.  We will receive word as to the reward in January.  To date, 74 CTK households (out of a possible 420) have contributed to this effort – 17% of the parishioners.

This beautiful parish church serves everyone.  I would hope that as we come to the end of the year that we would hear from more of our parishioners.  Depending upon the grant award we still need between $7,000 - $57,000.   Some told me during the “Beyond Sunday” campaign that they would rather see all their donation go directly to the parish – NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!  Given the makeup of our parish and the pride demonstrated, I find it hard to imagine a less than 50% response to this effort.  I urge you to please be an active part of this campaign.

May Christ the King reign in our lives.

Msgr Mike