Summer is a difficult time for all parishes. Almost everyone sees a decrease in giving during the summer while the bills keep coming to us. We still have utility, supply, and other reoccurring bills we have to meet. In addition, we seem to have extraordinary bills which appear. In a situation such as ours where we barely keep our head above water during the rest of the year, summer is an especially trying time. Our building fund, as I mentioned last week, has been below expectations and needs for almost a year. If we go further down in our giving, we will have difficulty meeting our payment. The days when we had a cash reserve have disappeared and there is no evidence that they will come back. I fully expect that we will be living, as a parish, from week to week and month to month for the foreseeable future. That is not necessarily bad but it does create some anxiety at times.
As a parish family, we provide support for our parish and the special collections at a good level. But at times, I wonder if we review our level of support. We live in a world where everything increases in cost, but many of us have jobs/careers where we do not receive increases in pay. Our wage stays essentially the same and we have to slice that wage into more pots to pay more bills. Then we have emergencies which occur and which must be met, so our excess, if there is one, decreases again. If we follow the scriptures, we are reminded often that we need to provide for the Lord out of our necessity, not out of our excess. But that requires that we trust God in a new or greatly enhanced way. We have to really believe what the scriptures tell us. Let us pray over our giving and even when on vacation this summer continue our support of St. Mary Parish Family.
Deacon Jerry (SMB)
COME EAT LOTS OF FOOD ON JUNE 1st Help us with the St. Mary’s Building Fund Fundraiser at Campbell's Barn on June 1st
CROSS THE BRIDGE FOR LIFE Sunday, June 1, 2014, 1:30 p.m., hundreds of pro-lifers from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area will join together in a demonstration of support for the protection of human life with a peaceful walk across the "Purple People Bridge"
PIG FEST MEETING: St. Mary’s major fund-raiser is coming soon! We can use your help! The next meeting for the Pig Fest is Tuesday evening, June 3rd at 7PM in the Father Lewis Center. Many people have stepped up to volunteer for several positions. We can still use your input and ideas to help make this event a success. Please join us on June 3rd. For more information, please Jeff Houchin at 734-2653.
COMBONI MISSIONARIES RUMMAGE SALE: The Comboni Missionaries Auxiliary will hold its bi-monthly Rummage Sale on Friday, June 6th, 9:00 to 2:00; Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road. $5.00 bag sale. Large selection of furniture, clothing, house wares and more! June 8th
OUTPOURING 2014: UNITING CINCINNATI IN PRAYER Mark your calendars for an ecumenical prayer event on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Cintas Center, 3:30 p.m.
RUNNING MAD! Shirley Sayre Memorial 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, June 21 @ 9:00 AM, at Bethel-Tate Middle School.
THE “THANK YOU BECKY – PARISH PICNIC” AT ST. MARY’S ON JUNE 22nd SAVE THE DATE!!! St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s parishioners are invited to a picnic at St. Mary’s where the fun will begin at 3:00 PM and dinner will be served at 5:00 PM.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: It's that time of year again! It's time to register for vacation bible school and for REP next fall. VBS forms were handed out last weekend, and the REP forms will be handed out at the next class. Extras will be in the gathering space. Please fill them out and return them by simply putting them in the collection basket or giving them to Denae.
IN OTHER NEWS:
NEW - RENT-A-TEEN: Do you have things you need to get done around the house? Many of our students are trying to raise money to put toward their trip to NCYC. The event takes place in Indianapolis in November 2015. They need to start working on earning the money now since the cost per individual is near $500. The students can pick up sticks and debris, rake, weed, wash, mulch, paint, move things and clean. Please call Bev Ratcliff at 470-7773 for more information.
EXPIRED COUPONS: We all have them…I know I do, because when I reach into my little coupon keeper at the store…their already expired! DON’T THROW THEM AWAY!!! Bring them to church and put them in the marked box for ‘Expired Coupons’. These coupons will be sent to our Service Members to be used at the Base Commissary up to 6 month expired. So if your coupons are a bit out-dated for your use, drop them in the box for our military. Thanks for all you do to support our troops!
KEEP THOSE TABS COMING… We will continue to save the pop tabs to help with the cost of the Ronald McDonald house. They will be donated in Keeley’s memory. Thanks for all your prayers and tabs. Becky and the Link family.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TO THE SICK –If you would like to be trained in visiting homebound members of our parish and take Communion to them, please let me know at 309-5340 or