Week of August 23, 2015

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There were requests from some people for a copy of the Prayer of Belonging we did last week before mass. This prayer was the result of the work our Pastoral Council did this past year.

Prayer of Belonging

Loving God, we come to you as a community that seeks to be a place where people of all ages continue to be transformed by you. We crave to be known; we yearn to have a place; it matters that we matter.

We belong to you, Lord, we belong to the family of God. We are named, we are loved. There is room for all of us. We are part of the temple in which God is quite at home.

May we be the ones who hold hands, hold faces, and hold the doors open for others.

May your guidance help us to grow as a transformed community and to recognize the power of this for each of us and for our parish.

May we be people of the Gospel. May we be those disciples who are parables of hope for each other and our world. And may we remember that the truth we are prophesying is the truth of the Gospel: love never fails.

Lord show us how to foster belonging, to create a spirit where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.

Draw near to us Sending One, Gathering One. Show us how to gather. Show us how to send. Show us how to love as you have loved us.

Amen

People have been asking me what progress is being made on St. Michael the Archangel High School. I recently received a letter from Archbishop Naumann speaking about the progress that has been made.

Recently, the Forward in Faith Campaign reached another significant milestone. Enough money has been raised to cover the 2014 and 2015 Annual Appeals, all campaign expenses, a challenge grant for LeBlond high school, the parish share of campaign proceeds and sufficient funds when coupled with tax exempt bonds to advance the development of the St. Michael the Archangel High School project. The Diocesan Finance Council and the College of Consultors have given overwhelming approval for moving forward with the high school project, and the Diocese has received authorization from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy to proceed. To date, cash and pledges in excess of $17.5 million have been received and at this time, approximately $11 million dollars are available for the high school project.

The letter goes on, but it looks like they are proceeding and hope to begin building in October (of this year). Of course, the letter also asks for more contributions. You may have received this letter. I am going to give something more. I hope you will consider doing the same.

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