Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Word on the street is many of us have been taking vacations the past couple of weeks. I know for me, it was good to get away and recharge, and return refreshed for parish ministry.
In this update:
- Adoration and Mass Signups
- Day School Status
- PSR Update
- Construction Updates
- Parish Auction News
- First Holy Communions
Adoration and Mass
This weekend is our (transferred) monthly Eucharistic Adoration, on Saturday, July 11th from 8:30a to 3:30p. We still have some gaps in the schedule to be filled, though any are invited to come spend some quiet time (perhaps to do your homework assignment from last weekend!). Signups can be found here: https://mygoodshepherd.com/adoration-signups/
The ‘hybrid’ approach for Mass seating seems to be going well, with signups for ‘intentional social distancing’ and open seating for the rest. If you still desire the intentional social distancing pew assignment, you can find the link here: https://mygoodshepherd.com/mass-signups/
As always, if you are unable to join us in person due to health concerns, you can join us on the livestream here, with links to Facebook and YouTube: https://mygoodshepherd.com/livestream/
Day School Status
I met with the principal and teachers for our grade school the other day, and the teachers are eager and excited to get back to school. We are putting together what I think will be an effective strategy to enable our students and families to return safely to school, with backup plans for e-learning or hybrid-learning. The greatest challenge in all of this, though, is the extra work it will take to make this happen.
You may know that our school only has an after-hours part-time custodial service and no full-time nurse. Largely, the principal and secretary have covered nursing and custodial needs. I can’t think of any other school where the principal unclogs toilets or cleans up vomit. But it’s part of their dedication to Jesus and our students that the teachers embrace these extraordinary responsibilities.
The challenge of the COVID-19 safety protocols, however, requires far greater attention to sanitizing and ‘no-touch’ procedures, for which we do not have the staff nor the funds to hire. As such, we are putting out a plea to the parish – please volunteer! If you volunteer even two hours every other week to help do temperature checks in the morning, or cleaning ‘high touch’ surfaces mid-day, or watch the playground during recess, this will help alleviate the burden on our already heroic teachers and staff.
Please contact Mrs. Mariann Jones if you are willing or have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-789-3311 .
Thank you to those who have registered for PSR thus far. If you haven’t, it’s not too late!
More importantly, this past year was Ms. Maria Miloscia’s final year with us. She graciously stayed an additional year to help with pastor transitioning, but now she is ready to enter into a well deserved retirement after a long and rich career in education. We wish we could have given her a proper celebration last spring, but… coronavirus… We’ll still find a way to do this once we return to PSR.
That said, we are still on the hunt for her successor. The job has been posted, but as of yet we have had only one applicant who the next day informed me she found another job. If you know someone who would be qualified and willing (maybe that is you!), please encourage that person to apply or call me with any questions. The job description can be found here: https://www.archstl.org/job-opportunities/psr-coordinator-1768
Please pause now and pray for a successful search!
Updates to parish facilities continue! Over the past couple of weeks, the Fr. Jakle room has undergone a good deal of renovation. The walls are being cleaned up and repainted, while the old walk-in refrigerator that had been used as a walk-in closet for years has been removed and replaced with an actual closet, expanding our space in the rest of the room. Our hope is that space will become a classroom for adult faith formation and other multi-purpose uses. My continued gratitude to Mike Camden, Deena Frantzen, Paul Bone and Gary Weber for their assistance! If you’d like to help with this or future construction / renovation projects, please contact the parish office.
Parish Auction News
Planning for the parish auction continues! Save the date for Saturday, Sept 26th at 5pm. We’re planning to have it as-normal, but also making plans for any covid related precautions.
One modification we’re making this year is the ‘Wish Board’ that is normally on a tripod in back of church has gone digital. You can find additional information here along with an instructional video: https://mygoodshepherd.com/auction/ . Items may be dropped off in the cafeteria. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy (314-607-5366) or Erika (636-375-2979) . Thank you for supporting our biggest and most important fundraiser for our school!
First Holy Communion
Lastly, please congratulate Carter Harget, Claire Harget, Penelope Beil and Brendon Stahl who will be making their First Holy Communion this weekend! Please pray for them and their families and congratulate them if you see them!
As always, let’s keep one another in prayer!
Sincerely in Christ,
This Sunday is Father’s Day! Know of our gratitude and prayers for all fathers out there. Please join me in praying for these men, especially that they might love their children with the love that our Heavenly Father has for His children! At Masses this Sunday, we will have a special blessing for all fathers in attendance in-person or on livestream.
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to Hailee Galczynski on her First Holy Communion this past Sunday at the 11am Mass! Hailee is the daughter of Rich and Maureen, and the youngest of their clan. Pray for her, and congratulate her if you see her!
Just a word of gratitude to the ladies and gentlemen of the liturgy committee. They do so much ‘behind the scenes’ work to make Sundays go smoothly. And if that’s true ordinarily, that is especially true during the challenges of COVID-19. If you would, pray for and thank Lin Martin (secretary, lectors, and launderer of sacred linens), Dcn. Paul Martin (assistant to Lin), Kimberly Aldridge (music), Mary Lou Watson (servers), Mary Boushie (extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion), Michelle Heinzer (ushers), Joanne Bone (environment), Dcn. Dan Raidt, and so many others whom they lead.
Work continues around campus. Cleanup behind the St. Joseph house is nearly complete and it looks great! We’re still figuring out how to best implement some picnic tables for parishioners to enjoy. We’re also moving forward with installing the new flooring, cabinetry and fixtures in the kitchen area. Thanks to Lewis Flooring for the donations! Also, Deanna Frantzen is leading a crew in repainting the cafeteria. It’s not done, but it’s looking sharper already. Thanks to so many volunteers, including many of our 7th / 8th graders and other parishioners. The teachers are staying busy as well, repainting classrooms / bathrooms, etc., to keep our school looking bright. We also had the floors of the classrooms and cafeteria waxed. All in all, lots is getting done, but there’s still lots to do. If you would like to swing a hammer or swipe a brush, let us know!
Fourth of July
The 4th falls on a Saturday this year, and we will be offering a special 9am Mass with music to pray for our nation, to thank God for our many blessings, and to ask His blessings on us in a time of so many challenges. We hope you can join us.
Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA)
Many of you have already received in the mail information about the ACA. We encourage you to give as you can. The ACA does much for our church in ordinary times, and they have really stepped forward in so many ways during the pandemic. If you haven’t had a chance, please check out https://aca.archstl.org to see how the ACA is helping so many people in ordinary and extraordinary ways. There is also an option to give online if you haven’t received or can’t find your donor card in the mail. Our goal this year is $38,759… we’re currently at $11,415, with only 56 or 605 parish households having responded. Please contact the parish office if you need assistance.
Please note that I will be away from the parish on vacation from the evening of June 21st through the morning of June 27th. In my absence, please welcome Fr. Eddie Voltz as he covers Masses and any funerals / sick calls that may come up.
Save the Date
Lastly, while my appointment as pastor is effective July 28th, 2020, I will be officially installed as pastor by Bishop Rivituso on Sunday, August 16th, 2020 at the 11am Mass. You are invited!
Let’s keep one another in prayer!
Gratefully in Christ,