Wow...what a great gathering this past Tuesday evening. It was everything that I had hoped for, with good food, a relaxed atmosphere, and a chance for me to visit with and say “Thanks” to so many of you for all that you have done for me through the years. It was a great evening and I was so glad that I was able to share one more sprinkling rite with you before I go.
My thanks go to all the parish staff and volunteers who helped to make things happen for Tuesday evening. I also appreciate the hard work and generosity of Al Higgins and our parish Knights of Columbus in preparing the grilled foods and everyone else who brought food to share.
I wish all of you could have the chance to see the St. Jude Book of Memories that was made for me. It does indeed weigh almost 17 pounds and is filled with so many great photos and notes from so many people. I will always treasure it and will enjoy paging through it to recall each of my years here and the many celebrations (many with food, it seems) that are a part of this wonderful parish community.
Finally, thanks to all of you who made gifts to my Vacation Fund. I will put them to good use this coming winter or summer. Your generosity to me has been amazing.
As I shared in my final remarks on Tuesday evening, please treat Fr. Bob with the same love and care that you shared with me. Many folks have said he has big shoes to fill. I don’t know if that’s true or not. I would rather that you help him fill his own shoes, by helping him to be the priest God calls him to be and the one who now has the privilege and honor to walk with the people of the Catholic Community of St. Jude.
My New Address
My first day at St. John, Fenton will be Wednesday, June 26. Until then, I will be enjoying a few days of rest as I finish packing things up and get prepared to move. After June 26, you can reach me at the following:
Fr. Dwight Ezop
St. John the Evangelist Parish
600 N. Adelaide St.
Fenton, MI 48430
Please feel free to email me or drop a note or card my way. If you’re ever in Fenton, let me know.
Your Building Fund Dollars at Work
With the church mortgage now paid off, we move into a new phase for the use of the Building Fund dollars that you generously offer to the parish. This summer is a good example.
Last week we signed the contract for the re-roofing of the community center, which is long overdue. That work will begin in early to mid-July and will take a week to complete. It involves replacing the membrane roof that is currently on the flat roof with a new PVC membrane. The new roof should last 30 years. That work will cost $45,000. We also just finished a new round of maintenance on the baptismal font to (finally) fix a nagging leak in its main drain line. That cost almost $8,000. There will also be maintenance work that needs to be done to all the parking lots in order to keep them in good shape. That work will cost about $14,000.
So, although we currently show a surplus for this fiscal year (thanks to the generosity of so many), you can see that those three projects will use up those funds and more. This is why everyone’s ongoing support of the Building Fund through use of the monthly Building Fund envelope or on-line fund is so critical. The buildings may be paid for, but now they require all of us to support their ongoing maintenance, in addition to the regular giving that makes possible the rest of the life of our parish community. As always, your generosity is encouraged and appreciated!
6PM Sunday Mass
The Sunday evening Mass has begun its summer vacation, it will return Sunday, September 8, the Sunday after Labor Day.
Offertory Envelope Booklets Now Available for Pick-up
Our 2013-2014 annual offertory envelope booklets are now available for pick-up in the parish hall. Picking up your annual envelope booklet helps to save the parish almost $2000 in postage!
If You Are Hospitalized at Sparrow, Lansing
Sparrow Hospital has recently implemented an electronic medical records system for all its patients. If you are hospitalized at Sparrow, make sure to have your record note that you are Catholic, that you belong to St. Jude, and whether or not you wish to have communion brought to you by one of the many laypeople who do so on a daily basis. Without these vital pieces of information, we won’t be informed that you are hospitalized.
It is also very helpful to have a family member or friend (with your permission) call the parish offices to let us know that you have been admitted to the hospital, as there can be some lag-time before we are notified by Sparrow. Making sure to let us know here at the parish and making sure to inform the folks at Sparrow is the best way to make sure these bases are covered.
I and the other members of the pastoral staff are happy to come visit folks at any of our area health care facilities, but it’s best if you or someone you love let us know, rather than assuming that the hospital or care facility either can or will share that information with us. Because of HIPPA privacy laws, the sharing of such information is no longer automatic.