A Reflection on 2018

Baptisms – 3
First Communions – 13
Marriages – 3
Deaths – 3
Coinfirmations – 12
RCIA - 0

2018 was filled with wonderful events, yet saddness.

Our beloved Fr. Jim passed in April.  As only Our Lord can bestow blessings upon us, we were able to celebrate Fr. Jim’s 30th Anniversary of his Ordination prior to his passing.  The smiles brought to all of us, to Fr. Jim and especially the children will never be forgotten.

Fr. Jim’s passing into the arms of the Lord gave us Fr. Tony Ego.  As only Our Lord so many times knows, he brought us a dear friend.  As Fr. Tony would say, “I’m not glad to come back home under the circumstances, but I am glad to be back home”.  Let’s just say, the parish is glad to have you back home.

We were sad but just as happy for Kay Scott as Kay retired after 14 years as our parish secretary.  Kay, we were blessed to have you.

Darlene Linden replaced Kay.  Again, Our Lord is watching down upon us.

Starting with the winter/spring (January – May):

  • First Sunday Children’s Mass
  • Ash Wednesday Service & Soup Supper
  • Ecumenical Lenten Service
  • Lenten Stations of the Cross & A Meal
  • Lenten Reconciliation Services
  • Easter Season Novena
  • Altar & Rosary Strawberry Sale
  • Altar & Rosary Luncheon
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • First Communion Mass & Reception
  • Graduation Mass & Reception
  • Confirmation Mass & Reception

Then, the summer months: (June - August):

  • Ice Cream Social & First Early Bird Drawing
  • Beer, Burgers & Brats & Second Early Bird Drawing
  • Parish Picnic & Third Early Bird Drawing

And then, the rest of the year: (September - December):

  • First Sunday Children’s Mass
  • Fr. Jim’s Memorial Fundraiser
  • 17th Annual Gala
  • Social Committee St. Joseph Meal
  • Advent Adoration
  • Holiday Dinner
  • Advent Reconciliation Service

And, throughout the year, so many events & efforts:

  • Formed
  • Bible Studies
  • Food Pantry
  • Senior Citizens Luncheon
  • Dinner Bells
  • Spiritual Renewal
  • Prayer Groups
  • Buildings & Grounds
  • Environment
  • Religious Ed
  • Rosary Makers
  • Piecemakers
  • Liturgical Committees
  • Parish Leadership
  • Prayer Line

Parish Building & Grounds Improvement Projects

  • Façade of the Church & Hall Repaired, Tuckpointed & Sealed
  • Upstairs Floors of the Rectory Refinished
  • New Window Treatments in Rectory
  • New Lighting (North End of Hall)
  • New Parking Lot Lighting
  • Parking Lot Restriped

So many contribute in endless ways.  If you haven’t had the opportunity or would like to be part of any of these, please see the chairperson of these events or contact the parish office.  Again, THANK YOU!! 2019 will be as busy as ever!!