Two years in the planning, one year in executing and now it's all over. The yearlong celebration of our centennial anniversary started with an appreciation dinner in October 2013 and it concluded with Mass and a dinner reception this past weekend, October 18, 2014. In between this we celebrated in a variety of ways the rich heritage of our parish ranging from trivia games testing the knowledge of the history and development of the parish, to hosting a barbecue for present-day and former parishioners and alumni, to holding our own version of Hollywood's "red carpet" event on our athletic field, to being honored with the presence of Archbishop Carlson celebrating the closing Mass.
I want to offer my heartfelt appreciation to the members of the Centennial Committee for all their time and talent given to the planning and organization of our centennial events. The committee was composed of parishioners who have grown up in the parish and those who have recently moved in, but, each offered his or her own unique gift, not only to the committee itself, but to the whole parish. I thank those who assisted the members of the Centennial Committee in their work as well.
I have said this before, and I have said this to visiting missionaries and speakers as they make their appeal on behalf of their particular community or agency, this is a most generous parish! I cannot thank you, the parishioners, enough for your generosity over these past several years as we celebrated one hundred years of faith and service. Because of your generosity we were able to not only conduct the various events of the centennial anniversary, but we were able to, at the same time, make improvements to both the church and parish grounds as part of our celebration. Within the church we were able to renovate the pipe organ, patch and paint areas previously damaged by water leakage, hang new confessional curtains, strip and wax the sanctuary floor, refurbish and recover the presider's chair as well as the two acolytes' chairs. Several of the stain glass windows in the main body of church and in the priest's sacristy were repaired and the remainder will be repaired as funds become available. Two new vestments, a priest's chasuble and deacon's dalmatic were purchased and will be used for major celebrations throughout the liturgical year, and new banners were commissioned and hung, and these too can be used year round. Around the outside of church new bushes were put in place, and new landscaping that included new lighting in the back of the rectory that line the sidewalks, and steps and several mums were planted that spruce up the grounds for a great seasonal look.
As we come to the end of the month of October, a month dedicated to our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of the Rosary, we reflect upon the example Mary is for each of us as we strive to live our faith in Christ Jesus. Mary lived her faith with the utmost generosity for others trusting that God would provide for all her needs, and I pray that each of us will strive to imitate her generosity as we serve one another.
As we move into the next one hundred years of faith and service let us remember... "All that matters in any and every way Christ is being proclaimed."
Monsignor William Mccumber