Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

Thank you to the chairman of our Pastoral and Finance Councils, Sean Conway and Paul Schildmeyer, for their comprehensive reports at last weekend's Masses. I trust you will agree that both were realistic as well as optimistic. The finance report was prepared by our Business Manager, Tom Carberry, who presented a very detailed picture of both income and expenditures for the parish and school, along with comparative data from the past two years. You can be proud that we have been good stewards. Sean also presented a summary of the focused direction that the Pastoral Coucil is taking over the next two years of our three-year plan. Here, too, there is focus on the future: evangelization, growth, young adult ministry and adult faith formation.
There are forms in the pews this week that should look familiar to you. Each of the past several years, the Pastoral Council and Outreach Committee have invited you to offer your gifts of time and talent to the parish in so far as you are able. Because of the outstanding talent and generosity of several parishioners, we were able to save over $20,000 on the installation of our new church heating system. The new bookracks in the pews are the donated handiwork of parishioners with special skills. Won't you please take a few minutes to review the form and check where you are able?
Finally, Marian University's choir will be signing at our 10:30 A.M. Mass this weekend and presenting a special concert in church after Mass. Young and old will enjoy this excellent treat.