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Fr. Terry’s July 21/28 Bulletin article

Fr. Terry’s Sharing…A Hodge Potage of Sharings! 

First up, the Children’s sharing in the giving envelopes of Stewardship:

¨ I helped with Vacation Bible School.

¨ I picked up candy and cracker wrappers in the pews.

¨ I picked up the dog’s toys and boy is he messy.

¨ I vacuumed.

¨ I watched my little sister.

¨ I cleaned up after my brother, why does there have to be more food on the floor than his plate?

¨ I saw a homeless person and said a prayer for him.

¨ I told Fr. Tom he was the greatest.

¨ I loaded the dishwasher, but could not unload it because they all go higher than I can reach.

¨ I saw a woman in the Chapel praying and I said a prayer for her.

¨ I helped put the puzzle away.

¨ My Dad was sad and I made him smile.

¨ I cleaned my room for the third time today.

¨ I helped other kids with their projects.

¨ I drew a picture for Fr. Tom to put on his fridge so he would not forget us.

¨ I loved and forgave my brother even though he did not deserve it.

¨ I helped Grandma get up when she fell and put a bandaid on her cut.

¨ I put dresses on my dolls so they would not be cold.

¨ I helped my babysitter cook supper.

¨ I shared my books with a little girl that had none.

¨ I gave smiling hugs as I cleaned.

¨ I helped by making Mom and Dad’s coffee.

¨ I helped my Dad even though he said he did not need help, but I told him everyone needs some help.

¨ I made a homemade birthday card for Grandma.

¨ I watched my sister while Mom went to the grocery store.

¨ I played trucks with my little brother even though it was boring.

¨ I found a quarter and am giving it to the church.

¨ I shared my candy bar even though my sister did not share hers with me.

¨ I helped feed my cousin’s cats and chickens but not the chickens to the cats.

¨ I helped my Mom make sandwiches for Dad working outside and then I sat with him so he would not have to eat alone.

¨ I helped my cousin.

¨ I helped take out the garbage.

¨ I did not yell today.

¨ I drew a picture of Mom as a queen because she is special.

¨ I went to a baptism and helped hold things for Father.

¨ I held my sister’s hand as she crosses the street.

¨ I helped set the table.

¨ I colored pictures to set the meals on.

Things they said they were praying for:  my family, the poor, Mom, the sick, my sister’s First Communion, the church, peace, Dad, for better behavior, for my neighbors, my grandma, for my swim teacher, the homeless, our country, the veterans, my daycare, my sister who has cancer, my friends from school that I miss, I prayed for those suffering from the floods, for the farmers, for Jesus who helped me, for those in nursing homes, for my sister’s wedding, for those who are sad.  Out of all these, by far, the most said that they were praying for the poor.  Thanks to parents for raising compassionate children.

When driving on trips, my Mom used to put all sorts of things in a big bag.  We would take turns picking something out and then we had to make a prayer about it.  Some of the ones I remember:  A map and praying that we would not get lost and see new things.  A bell…that we would not miss anything important and listen to the songbirds along the way.  A ball…that we would play nicely together and laugh a lot.  A vase…so we would not stop to “smell the roses” and enjoy nature’s beauty.  It taught us to be creative, to pray in a fun way, and to enjoy each other.  What things would you put in a bag to travel with?

 

Fr. Terry’s June 16th Bulletin article

Fr. Terry’s Sharing…

Believe it or not (but really do believe it) the end of June is the end of our administration year in the parish.  We will start a new year beginning in July.  (July 1st used to be a date when all the priests who were moving went on the road, so people were asked to be extra careful out there, now it is July 10th.  lol!)  So this is a good time to give you an idea of what has been happening in our parish.  You will notice that our parish is alive and well.  Over the last year, we have had 111 Baptisms.  We had 56 First Communions.  This, in a few years will go up as all those babies grow.  We had 113 Confirmations.  We had 24 weddings.  Sacramentally we had many Confessions and many Anointings here at the parish and in the hospital.  During this time, we have celebrated the lives of 28 parishioners as they were called from death to new life.

Of course, this only represents the life of the parish sacramentally, but the life and heart of this parish is also beyond the sacraments.  We have supported numerous ministries on the Diocesan level.  We have been good stewards of the parish grounds and buildings.  We have supported many charities, especially those who function locally.  We have supported missions beyond our parish boundaries.  We have provided for the education of our youth from early on, including through our Catholic schools.  We have visited the prisons, the hospitals, the homebound, the elderly, and those grieving.  We have had multiple adult education opportunities.  We have been blessed with musical talent and have offered some concerts.  There have been many local organizations that need volunteers to do their ministries and St. Michael parishioners have been very generous with their time and talent.  Our parish could not survive without all the volunteers for our liturgies, for teaching and faith sharing, for meals during funerals, and many more needs.  Forgive me, these are all off the top of my head (and remember what is on the top of my head is getting thinner everyday).  I have no doubt I have failed to mention everything, but with pride, I acknowledge that whatever the need, the parishioners of St. Michael have responded.  I as a pastor am very proud to be a member of this parish and one among you.  Thank you for the life and responsibility of being God’s family and representatives to the world.

What the Diocese uses to define Active Parishes:

Key Characteristics of Vibrant Catholic People and Parishes

╬ Minister to all parish members through service and stewardship

╬ Provide parish family-building through activities that include all ages, vocations, and nationalities

╬ Welcoming

╬ Strong spiritual atmosphere

╬ Participation of parishioners in liturgies and parish affairs

╬ Engaging education in the faith for all ages

╬ Community-minded presence

╬ Active youth groups

╬ Stable financial support for the parish

╬ Parishioners take responsibility and pride in the parish

 

Fr Terry’s May 26th Bulletin Article

Fr. Terry’s Sharing…

No doubt you could not help but see the changed look of our Parish campus.  The loss of the trees is truly a sad situation and one we wish we could have avoided.  Like the present situation of the farmers with all the water in their fields, this was one not of our choosing, but one where the choice was made for us.  At the combined budget meeting of our Finance and Parish councils, we talked about how unexpected expenses like this really put a strain on our efforts to have a balanced operating budget.  It seems like at least once a year something comes up.  Therefore, the decision was made to once a year take up a second collection to try to cover these unexpected expenses.  All those on the committees really do put forth a great effort to be good stewards of our gifts.  Our normal envelope income is geared to our regular expenses.  That is why we do not want to use that income to cover the unexpected expenses.  Please see article below for more information from our Deacon John who headed up our response as a parish.

We will be taking up a second collection over these two weekends:  June 8/9 and June 15/16.  Our budget year expires on June 30th and our expenses will come during this budget year.  We are collecting on two weekends because with school ending, more parishioners are traveling and this will give them a chance to participate.  If you are going to be gone both weekends, you could send something by mail or drop an envelope off at the office.  The committees also discussed creating a memorial fund for tree replacement.  Details have yet to be worked out.  This is our parish and we are responsible to share in its upkeep just as we care for our own personal responsibilities.  Thank you for your understanding and your dedication to the needs of the parish.  May God bless you and your participation in caring for His Church.

What Happened to our Trees??

Because of the Emerald Ash Borer invasion in Sioux Falls, we needed to address our ash trees on the St. Michael property.

We have been in consultation with arborists from Minneapolis & Sioux Falls and with our own Building and Grounds committee.

We have taken their recommendations to remove most of the ash trees (33 of the 39) and will then treat the remaining six trees.

Good News is – we will be replanting trees this summer with a variety of trees – Locust, Maple, and Elm.