Several weeks ago a parishioner asked me if the parish portion of the One Church, Many Disciples Archdiocesan Capital Campaign had started coming to St. Mary & St. Margaret Mary. I am happy to announce that this past month I received statements of deposit from the Archdiocese to special savings accounts setup to collect this money. Over the next five years as parishioners continue to fulfill their five year pledges both our parishes will continue to receive our portion of the capital campaign. Last month St. Mary received a deposit of $29,055.13. St. Margaret Mary in Crescent received a deposit of $9,806.00. Our parish’s portion of the campaign funds raised will go to funding an interior plaster restoration and painting of the Church. For St. Margaret Mary we plan to use these funds to do some siding work. I’m also adding to St. Margaret Mary’s work the beautiful stained glass windows. If you go to Mass at St. Margaret Mary you may have noticed some of the windows are bowing out. I am hoping to invite a company that specializes in stained glass to see what is wrong and what we might be able to do to repair the windows. As more deposits from the One Church, Many Disciples campaign is made I will continue to keep you all up to date. Thank you for your financial generosity!

Do you know someone who might want to be Catholic? Perhaps it is a friend at work? Or perhaps your spouse is not Catholic and has been curious about the faith. In just a few weeks we will begin the process commonly called Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The first phase is what is called the Inquiry phase. It is a time to gather and ask questions such as: Who is God? How is God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Why does God love me even though I have done some pretty horrible things? Why does God desire to redeem the human race even though we have fallen far short of holiness and integrity? Who am I and what is my purpose?