In a recent article from the Vatican, it was told how Pope Francis thanked his version of the local police for the area immediately surrounding St. Peter’s Square. One part of his praise of their work was so well-stated in the following:
"Even if your superiors do not see these hidden acts, you know well that God sees them and does not forget them!"
We are equally blessed here in the parish with staff, aides, parents helping in the school, ushers, a few greeters still near the entrances, and others, who are all helping to make this (please, God, temporary new normal) palatable in some way, and I want to echo what Pope Francis said by way of thanking everyone who has gone out of their way in little ways to keep the parish the welcoming home it has always been.
It is kind of like the person who stops to pick up the paper on the parking lot instead of stepping over it, putting it in the proper receptacle for trash: God sees and thanks you even if no one else notices!
The New Handicap-ramp is getting close to finished. We are waiting for the manufacturing and installing of railings, then it can be opened for use.
Yet this Fall, we hope to see the completion of a walking Rosary path near the gazebo, donated in memory of Annette Macnick. Details are being worked out with Kubiak Landscaping to make it happen. It will reuse the stones put in place by one of our former parishioner’s son as an Eagle Scout project, that growing grass had too soon hidden from view and use. A great idea but one that later clearly proved to need more than just the stones put in place, a pea-gravel pathway with edging, etc., was also needed and will become a part of the new walking-Rosary path.
We’ve noticed too that the gazebo itself seems to be sinking a little; actually, a lot! If there is still someone around who had something to do with the gazebo’s initial placement, a lovely addition to the campus, and would like to help with cost of repairs, it would be most welcomed.
Pray for some more days warm enough to finish the crack-filling, sealing and striping of the parking lots. We got a late start due to the men working on the ramp, and the remaining work can only be done on days warm enough to allow the use of the sealant. If not, it becomes a Spring project to complete! At least the many areas in need of patching has taken place and that in itself is a great improvement. A good part of the crumbling pavement on the west lot was done by the heavy equipment parked there by INDOT when working on the bridges nearby (without our permission and with no sense of responsibility for the damage when told about it). Tax dollars at work! Granted, it is an old lot when it comes to blacktop, but nonetheless, it didn’t help the matter any to have heavy equipment on it, or large semi-trucks turning around on it who (due to lack of good signage) were misdirected into the small backstreets of the neighborhood. A problem too that was brought to the attention of INDOT, but to little avail. Other neighbors were not happy with the matter either as the corners of their lawns were being torn up by the wide-turns. It seems that GPS finally caught up with the situation and we see less large trucks coming through these days. I’m not whining, but just explaining why we had some of the problems we did. ~Fr. John
Another reminder of what may have been a confusing series of communications regarding weekend Mass times, but when we thought we would need three Sunday Masses, we thought school being open would bring many more families back to Mass. It IS becoming more crowded, but not when we consider all three Masses.
We also didn’t know at the time of the letter to homes that we would have a new AV system in place in church, which will allow us to do a live-feed in the Keller Room as an overflow, should any one Mass become too crowded for present distancing. We are not sure how much longer that will be needed/required, given that the Governor of the State has now opened restaurants and other venues to full capacity. Awaiting word from Bishops on that matter. Masks are still being required and likely will continue to be needed in most settings for some time, but again, who knows. Back to Mass time reminder: we are RETURNING to our former 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Mass times for Sunday’s as of this reading (October 4). Please pass the word around to any friends you know who are coming to St. Jude for Mass on weekends.
The Keller Room will not be opened for overflow until it is clear (to ushers) that it is NECESSARY since it will also require someone to prepare the AV feed and sound. There will be either a Eucharistic Minister prepared to bring Communion into the Keller Room for those in there or, if only a small number, an usher will direct you into the church for the regular Communion line. If numbers do not increase significantly, there will not be a need for overflow at present.
Three Sunday Masses would have likely required us to find a CSC to help us weekly since priests are generally not supposed to do more than two Masses daily. There are exceptions from time to time, but it should not be a weekly situation. ~Fr. John