Entry for March 29, 2008 – Not Too Late To Say Happy Easter!

I’m back after a one-week Easter hiatus from blogging.  However, I can still wish you a Happy Easter!  You may be thinking that I’m a week late, but of course on our liturgical calendar, the Easter season lasts seven weeks.  So if there is someone you failed to wish a Happy Easter to, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time!  One thing my family was wondering about: the old legend says that if it rains on Easter Sunday, then we are in for seven straight Sundays with rain.  Does that mean then that since it snowed this year on Easter, that we are in for seven straight Sundays with snow?  Obviously this is a far-fetched notion, but with our strange weather patterns,  you never know.

Father Gene steered me to a very cool website.  It is a perpetual Easter calendar.  When you go to the page, you can type in any year, and it will give you the day of when Easter falls, and all of the other liturgical dates surrounding Easter.  To access it, go to our webpage, www.maryhoc.org, click on the “links” tab, and you will find the link under the “Catholic Links” category.

This week is “dinner/auction” week.  Many of our parishioners will be extremely busy this week preparing, setting up, helping on Saturday evening, and cleaning up afterwards.  I sincerely thank everyone who has any part in making our dinner/auction a continued success.  You have heard it said in the past that we need a great dinner/auction to help us pay our bills, and this year is certainly no exception.  It is no secret to anyone that our economy is going through tough times, and consequently all of us, especially families, are going through tough times.  People have to make difficult choices to make about spending.  Our parish is no different.  Our expenses continue to climb while our income has leveled off and recently decreased.  This has forced our parish into a deficit for the year and we owe the diocese a considerable amount of money.

It is so difficult to talk about finances, especially when so many in our parish are already giving so generously of their time, talent, and money.  However, the time has come to address the situation before it gets out of hand.  Over the coming weeks you will be asked to sacrifice a little more for our parish on the financial side, whether it be through a one-time gift, or increasing your weekly contribution, or both.  Again this will be difficult for many of us to do.  However, we have been through difficult times in the past and persevered, and I am confident that now will be no exception.  If many would sacrifice a little more, it would make a huge difference.  It may mean something as simple as eating out one less time per week, or not getting the “jumbo” soda and “king” sized candy bar at the convenience store.  Let us pray for a successful dinner/auction, for a solution to our deficit situation, and for all of us that our tough financial times will be eased shortly.  Again, you will hear more about this in the weeks ahead.

Finally, congratulations to our 2nd graders as the make their First Holy Communion this weekend.  Also we continue to pray for our 7th/8th graders as they are in the final stages of their preparation for Confirmation on April 28th.  Thank you for your continued support of our parish and this website.  Keep checking our website as I continue to add new features and update things.  As always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated.

Peace.

P.S.  Go Cardinals!

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One Response to “Entry for March 29, 2008 – Not Too Late To Say Happy Easter!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I know so very little about computers but I want
    to compliment you, Brian, for your ‘blogs’. Also,after Fathr’s suggestion at Mass, I viewed
    the pictures of our beautiful stained glass windows. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful church. Keep up the good work!
    –Millie Layton

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