Prior to Christmas I had in the bulletin that we were at 99% of our Beyond Sunday campaign goal of $610,000. Then later that week, before it was published but before it was out, we were actually at 99.97% of our goal. Then we past our goal. I would like to thank everyone who has participated by making donations, helping publicize and solicit for the campaign, and helping us support our parish and Catholic education throughout the Archdiocese. Meeting our goal helps the Archdiocese to achieve theirs and allows us to confidently go forward with the work needed in our parish. While I will still keep a few pledge cards around church for those who haven’t participated but might still consider it, I now only need to keep you informed about progress on how the money is coming back to the parish and how it is being put to work.
The biggest project that has been started so far at St. Joseph’s is regarding the stone wall around the church building and some other pieces of stonework on our property. Some repairs were begun on that this Fall but the winter weather will have to go before it can be completed. We also have a contract on the roof for the rectory that will hopefully get started with the Spring.
I know I have mentioned in the past that this school year Beyond Sunday awarded $1.8 million in scholarships to over 1,100 students of middle-income families attending 97 Catholic elementary schools and all 27 Catholic high schools. I wanted to be sure to mention that now because next month the applications will be accepted for the coming school year. If you desire information on how to apply for yourself or someone you know who will be sending a child to a Catholic Elementary School or
High School this coming year you can ask me (or their pastor if they are from a different parish) or visit www.rcfstl.org/beyond-sunday/scholarships/ for additional information or www.ttef-stl.org to apply.
While I am thanking people I would also like to thank everyone who helped decorate or clean the church, those participating in the Christmas pageant, those who participated in ministries of music, lectors, servers, ushers, Eucharistic ministers, or helped serve in any way at the church over the Christmas season that officially ended last Monday when we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (very strange schedule because Christmas fell on a Sunday). Not only did you help all of us to celebrate Christmas but hopefully your participation helped deepen your celebration, I know it does for me.