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Palm Sunday

03-20-2016

Dear People of God,

Happy Holy Week!

We may have seen an occasional poster with block letters proclaiming “BEYOND SUNDAY.” “What”, we may ask ourselves ” is this all about?”  It is about financing Catholic education.  We know that there is more interest in private education free from uneven quality available in the public school system, but private education is so costly!  What are parents to do?  Parents need financial help to send their children to Catholic schools.  While there has been help for lower income families for some years now, families earning between $35,000 to $105,000 per year, had no relief.  Archbishop Carlson wanted to get help for these families, and the help is called “BEYOND SUNDAY.”  Right now, after block one of “BEYOND SUNDAY” there is significant help. Parents enrolling an elementary student next Fall have the potential to receive approximately $1,000-$2,000 in scholarship money that will be applied toward their annual tuition of approximately $5,000 (depending on the school).  Parents of high school students will receive approximately $2,000-$4,000 in scholarship help next year.  We are looking at significant help.  With monies already received from other parishes, and put into the endowment, the above scholarships became possible.  God bless everyone who participated!

Our parish is in the block two fundraising group.  We are talking about the campaign now, but we do not want to interfere with our Annual Catholic Appeal which will be upon us shortly.  Some of us have been contacted personally already, but the general solicitation will start after the Annual Catholic Appeal has finished.  As more donations come, and as interest rates rise, it will be possible to help parents significantly more than the numbers cited above.  Even so, 40% of the monies that our parish collects will be returned to our parish in March and September as the monies come in so that we may maintain and repair our parish facilities.  This campaign will help our children, and help our parish, as well as all of the parishes in the Archdiocese!

Holy Week, beginning this Palm Sunday, will provide us with multiple opportunities to get close to Jesus and His people, starting with Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, Good Friday services and the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, followed by glorious Easter on Sunday.  Please refer to the schedules in our bulletin.

May the Good God Bless You This Week,

Fr. John-Paul