Fr. Terry’s Sharing…
Good News of Glad Tidings! And don’t we all need more of that in our lives. As I get older and have more years behind me than in front of me (although nothing can out do the eternity ahead of me in God’s plan because He is a compassionate God), I am more mindful of how the past has shaped who I am now. The same can be said about our parish church and family. As I look back on the litany of pastors, God has been good to St. Michael Parish. We started with Msgr. Michael Doyle from 1979 to 1989. Then Fr. Michael Wensing was our pastor from 1989-1999. Next came Fr. Joseph Vogel from 1999 to 2004, a time with us shortened by the birth of our daughter parish – St. Katharine Drexel of which he became the founding pastor. Last on our list is Fr. Chuck Cimpl from 2004-2015. Each in his own way brought his talents, ministry, and love of God to help us grow and prosper in God’s Kingdom here at St. Michael. But the history of the parish has three legs. The second leg is all those who served St. Michael as parish staff. Truth be told, it is their efforts that often make the pastor look very good. I should know as I see it every day. The third leg is all the members of this parish, from those who helped start our parish to all of us today. It is you who found a home here and decided that this parish and it’s parishioners can give something lovingly to those who follow. You have invested your lives, your faith, your hope, and your love here at St. Michael. And it shows by all the good things happening here and the fact that almost every weekend we have guests visiting us who compliment how welcome they felt, how prayerful their experience was, and how they will be back. Take a bow…and Thank You. What a great foundation for our lives!
We want to pass it on to those who come after us, God would expect no less of us. We want to do that with gratitude in our hearts and a celebration of who we are. One way we celebrate is offering a thank you and at the same time caring for our present/future needs, is our banquet event to honor former pastors and provide the funds for our staff. Last year we honored Msgr. Doyle and raised money to help with the salaries of our staff. They are such a treasure to us, we don’t want to lose them. And we recognize that they are sacrificing on the salaries they make to minister here. All of them could make much more in the secular world, but they believe in the goodness of this parish and God’s kingdom.
Fr. Mike Wensing will be honored on Sunday, October 6 at 5:30pm. Details are in this bulletin. Fr. Mike has been gone from the parish for twenty years and some people might not know him. As an introduction, he will be with us at all the Masses on the weekend of Aug. 31/Sept. 1. Come and celebrate our roots of faith with gratitude and provide for our future as we acknowledge God’s presence in our midst here and now.