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Fr. Tom’s Letters


Each week Fr. Tom writes a letter to parishioners in our bulletin.  Every letter is comprehensive, including current information about the Parish, an explanation of Scripture for that Sunday, and an invitation to become more engaged in the life of the parish.





September 22, 2019

Dear Parishioners,

Last Saturday’s Spirit Day was a great success. From the first Respite game of kickball to the announcement of the $25,000 raffle winner, it was a wonderful day. The weather was cloudy, cool, and windy with the threat of rain all day. There was a most insignificant shower at 8:30 that lasted less than two minutes. The rest of the day was dry. The kids loved the rides. People enjoyed the food offered by the three vendors. They topped it off with some candy from the Youth Ministry. Mums from the Moms and gold fish went home as reminders of the day. Thirst was quenched by the Knights of Columbus truck. Italian Ices remained a favorite. The nighttime games in the cafeteria and the Night of the Races kept everyone entertained until the Big Bucks raffle. Thanks to some very generous parishioners we finally sold the 1000th Big Bucks ticket around 10:20 and announced all the winners shortly after. It was a great day with wonderful music from the band filling the parking lot. A short homily at the 5:00 PM Mass delighted the 820 people present. Our chairpersons Danny O’Keefe and Kevin McCann led our dozens of volunteers through a great Spirit Day. Thank you Kevin and Danny, all the dozens of sponsors and vendors, the contributors and all the participants in Spirit Day.  We are blessed with beautiful people. Thank you.


Our school is up and running with 491 students. Activities are well underway. Our Faith Formation program with about 1,000 children begins classes in the coming days. To serve all these children we still need additional catechists. Grades 1 to 6 meet in the afternoon; grades 7-8 meet in the evening. We have needed to delay assigning children into class until we have a sufficient number of catechists. Please consider helping us if you are able. You would be providing a much needed service to the largest and very important ministry of our parish. You will be assisted in your teaching. Thank you very much to those who have already volunteered. I enjoyed our meeting together last week and look forward to our working together in the weeks ahead. To volunteer as a catechist call our Faith Formation leader, Vivian Flood, at 488-1032.


CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) has well begun its new year. Information for registration for boys basketball is in the bulletin and track has begun. CYO is a very large ministry in the parish. Parishioner Jack Kiley has been overseeing the program for many years and does so with great generosity and enthusiasm. In recent years, we have added a Chess team to our CYO activities. CYO involves hundreds of boys and girls in the parish. It all happens because of the parent volunteers who organize, coach, and supervise the children. It’s another example of dozens of St. Anne’s volunteers who give time and expertise for the activities of the parish. We wish all our teams well in this new year. Play well and practice great sportsmanship!


We are in the bidding process for the construction of our new building. Our original estimates for the building were around 2.8 million dollars. We have 3.6 million in pledges. Now the actual bids from builders far surpass the estimates given to us in 2017. We are negotiating with the bidders to bring the cost down. Needless to say we are very disappointed with the bids given the estimates we received. This is our first serious stumbling block. I am confident that we will be able to negotiate a manageable cost and will soon be moving forward. One of the significant items is labor cost. We will have our groundbreaking October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. With his help we hope to resolve the issues soon and sign a building contract.   I will keep you informed.


Last week’s bulletin informed us about a great Girl Scout project. Three senior Girl Scouts are offering five session meetings on the topic of saints. They will be sharing their knowledge and faith with younger girls. As I read about it, my reaction is what a great project; young girls sharing their knowledge and faith with younger girls. More information can be found on page 16 of today’s bulletin. Help support Ava, Natalie, Rebecca, and Clara in this very imaginative and worthwhile project!

Peace be with you!

Fr. Tom













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