Our first “Yellow Phase” weekend for Mass went well, I think. Thanks to all of you for making it so!
It is with great sorrow that I announce the closing of our St. James Nursery School. It has served our parish well for 38 years, but with an extremely small incoming class this coming year and for the foreseeable future, it does not seem feasible to continue to make something happen where it cannot work well. This is mostly due to demographics more than anything else. It has nothing to do with do with the wonderful program that this has been. Mrs. Judy Coughlin founded the program 38 years ago and it has been a very sweet aspect of our parish life ever since. Mrs. Lori Hegarty took over in 2009 and has also maintained it as a wonderful program since then, along with her most recent helpers: Grace Gallagher, Angela Burke, and Gina Foell. It has been a program that touched the hearts and lives of many families and little ones and the world has been a better place for it. We thank everyone involved, especially Lori, for the work and LOVE that has been integral to this program.
Fortunately, we have a new tenant that while serving a different ministry is indeed still a ministry that should help the lives of others. The Breathing Room Foundation will move in immediately to provide assistance to individuals and the families of those dealing with cancer. Their stated mission is as such:
Provide those affected by cancer with personal, individualized support to alleviate the emotional, physical, and financial strain that a cancer diagnosis brings. It is our goal to ensure our families have the “breathing room” they need to allow them to concentrate their efforts on regaining their health.
More can be found at their website at https://breathingroomfoundation.org.
Congratulations to all of our graduates from grade school, high school, college, and trade schools. You are our hope in a world that seems to have dwindling hope. Take our prayers for you and help our world and yours to rejoice. May any celebration that seems to be lacking now be more than made up for by your futures!
I am happy to inform you that our business manager, Mr. Greg Garrison, brings us good news in that our parish is doing well despite the struggles we have had all had to face in these strange times. This is true for two reasons. Firstly, the generosity of our parishioners has been nothing short of magnificent! All have given from their hearts while some (those who have been personally able to do so) have also given tremendously in very large amounts from their wallets. The Lord repays everyone according to their hearts regardless.
But our business manager has also been successful in obtaining a special loan to pay our employees’ salaries that will enable the loan to become a kind of grant under certain conditions. It seems that we will be able to meet these conditions!
For these and all of your great gifts, Lord, we are most grateful.