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Brian Garland’s funeral was a beautiful liturgy, with a choir that gave a foretaste of the heavenly hosts that sing before the Lamb on the crystal throne.  Please keep his family in prayer, and pray for our parish as we try to keep Sunday liturgies beautiful without our beloved director.  Brian’s mailbox a week ago had a shipment from one of the church music companies, which I could tell was an order of sheet music.  We found a piece inside which includes part of a prayer of Thomas Merton that I thought you would all enjoy to have in full.  I found it fitting for this time when as a parish we may feel a little lost or confused.

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

The church’s air conditioning broke Friday of last week. We noticed it around 3pm.  A good reminder to “offer it up.” Unfortunately, it is beyond repair and the only good option is replacing the units entirely.  We of course already had this in our budget for the capital campaign project, which awaits diocesan approval before we can begin our project with our preferred bid.  Since we don’t need to wait any longer, we will begin as soon as possible.  We have already removed the asbestos from the boiler room and the other parts of the process can now begin, perhaps in a different order with priority towards getting the A/C functioning before the boiler.  In the meantime, we are grateful to have devised a system that keeps the church temperature reasonable, borrowing cooler air from the other parts of the building to compete with the sun, open doors, and warm bodies.  I don't blame you for not dressing with multiple layers like me at Mass the next couple months.

I shared the Sunday Mass survey results with a parishioner who knows how to analyze data well and was of help last time we did a much longer parish survey.  We together confirmed that my perceptions of the data were accurate.  So here’s what we saw.  Of the respondents who said they regularly attend the 8am Mass, about 83% said they would attend the 9am Mass if we go with our proposed schedule.  From the 9:30am Mass, about 92% of respondents would likely be attending the 9am Mass.  Based off the current size of these two Masses, this would make for a much fuller Mass and a greater experience of the parish community.  It seems we are on track for the adjustment as proposed, because numbers suggest a size that is feasible for the 9:00am Mass.  Please pray for a good transition into this new schedule and the benefits it can bring to our parish family.

Saint Thérèse, Little Flower, pray for us!

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