PASTOR’S COLUMN:

August 13, 2017

Dear Friends,

By the time you are reading this I am praying for you in Poland. Please remember where ever I go I take you with me. A more recent update on the Air Conditioner/Chiller: If the installation had not already begun on Thursday Aug. 10th it should begin this week, or so I am told.

As far as St. John of the Cross developments are concerned: I stated that I signed and sent to the Archdiocese an Agreement of Sale for the entire property. We do NOT have a settlement date. Salem Baptist will now begin the necessary inspections and Environmental Impact Studies. It could have been sold earlier but the original agreement did not include any considerations for the Youth Ministry Programs, Scouting or the Summer Theater. Therefore I could not sign it. We now have some considerations in place. Details need to be worked out. I ask that the official leaders or representatives of these programs contact the rectory so that a representative of the Parish Pastoral Council or the Parish Finance Committee can assist you in this transition process.

We are removing most of the remaining items from the Church, Convent and Rectory. The Spiritual items which are not going to their new home at Queen of Peace will be taken by the Diocese for other Churches. Other items will be donated to Habitat for Humanity or a similar organization. Other things considered trash will be discarded.

We need to leave the Church, Convent, and Rectory in "broom swept" condition. This is standard in an Agreement of Sale. No one wants to enter a dirty house. This is where we need volunteers. The furniture will be gone so there won't be any obstruction to vacuuming, dusting, wiping down counter top or cleaning sinks. Please contact the rectory to speak with Gerry Pompilii to volunteer for the cleanup. I think you would agree, if we left the buildings in shambles or unclean it would reflect poorly upon us. We expect this cleaning event to happen toward the end of this August. As more details become available we will publish them in the parish bulletin and on Social Media. Students can apply this time to their Service Hours.

God Bless Fr. Larry.