We are doing well with our Renew + Rebuild capital campaign and Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal and I want to use this column to offer you my thanks again. Having pledged an historic $1.5 million, it is gratifying that we are almost at 80% of our appeal goal. I promised to report periodically on the progress and I will in the weeks to come. The biggest ticket item was the new roof on the school gymnasium which has been leaking after decades of service and patching. Heating and lighting were also addressed. Last week, we repaired the front steps at the school and will begin maintenance work at the entrance of the church. Bids are coming in for a new air conditioning system at the church. So thank you again for sharing the dream of so many great people over 56 years of our parish’s life: to provide the spaces and furnishings for ourselves and
future generations, to pray, play, learn and enjoy life as a community. Please continue to fulfill your pledge payments over the next few years, and know that additional gifts and new donors are most welcome.
Birthday greetings and prayers were well-deserved last Sunday for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who observed his 90th birthday. More than we understand, Joseph Ratzinger – Pope Benedict – has been a tremendously consequential figure in the life of the church for six decades as a teacher and bishop. He is the author of 68 books and thousand of articles and homilies. And trusting in the Holy Spirit’s guidance, he made the astounding decision that he could and should step aside and let another man of greater stamina and strength take on the duties of Successor of St. Peter, Bishop of Rome, leader of the Catholic Church and Servant of the Servants of God. Now in retirement, Pope Benedict lives on the grounds of the Vatican, in a secluded area near St. Peter's Basilica. He has a close and cordial relationship with Pope Francis, who appreciates his advice and says that their relationship is like having a grandfather in the house. Like many people his age, he is not physically strong. He spends his days writing and praying, without regrets and glad to not have the crushing burdens of daily crises and endless obligations as the human head of the church. But we always remember that every Pope is the only the Vicar of Christ. Jesus Christ, the risen Lord is Himself the head of the Church. All of us, including the Successor of St.
Peter, are only the members of Jesus’ Church. Even when we members are weak and sinful, and make lots of mistakes or fail to be holy or loving, the work of the Church for the salvation of souls goes on because Jesus Christ has died once for all time and all people. And once and for all, Jesus was raised from the dead. Wishing you many days of Easter joy. ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!