Thursday, June 20, 2013

This week in the bulletin

Last week someone rang the doorbell to the friary to tell me that every toilet in the church was overflowing.  Needless to say, I called Bill, our maintenance man, and headed over to the church. What  we found was that every toilet had been stuffed with toilet paper. There was graffiti in the bathroom and both the Peck Street doors in the church and the kitchen windows had been pried open.  Maybe they were planning to come back and finish what they started.  About a month ago, I was agonizing over spending the money for the security system in our Church.  Now I’m glad that we did. In the near future, if the vandals try anything like that, they will either be caught on camera or set off the alarm.  For now, I have no intention of locking our church during the day.  I am always so edified at the number of people who stop by during the day to visit our Lord.

Some parishioners are about to start fixing up the parking lot on the KGS property. They are also going to try to put in a sidewalk from the parking lot to Alling Street.  All of this will be done at no cost to the parish.  We are so lucky to have so many good, talented and generous parishioners who care about our parish. Thank you to all who are helping us with this important project for the future.

Kindergarten Graduation
This week we had Kindergarten Graduation. The gym was packed with families watching their little ones move on to first grade. Kim Pelzar, our Kindergarten teacher and a “Rock Star” in my book, did a great job. She even smiled when I had the little ones throw up their hats like they do in college. Did you know that every single one of our Kindergarteners were reading by the end of the year?  When they came in, some of them didn’t even know their letters.  When I was in Kindergarten, we learned colors, shapes and numbers... Wow!  What will these kids be when they graduate from college? We have so much to be proud of about St. Paul School.

I will be away this week, so please go easy on  Fr. Peter.  I guess I’m kind of boring.  All I’m doing is going to Florida (yep, in the summer) to stay in a priest’s house.  I’m looking forward to not setting the alarm, reading, relaxing and hitting the beach.

Summer Camp starts this week
We have a good number of campers registered and a great group of young adult counselors, who are all from our parish. Our summer camp is a great opportunity for families. Cost wise, it is very competitive with neighboring programs, and Mrs. Scalora has very flexible options for registration.  Grandma and Grandpa, Babci, Nonna or Nonno, Meme or Pepe, would you like to have your grandchildren over but are afraid you won’t be able to entertain them all day?  Why not have them come to stay with you, send them to camp during the day and enjoy them at night?

Thanks, Thanks, Thanks for the compliments
Many have noticed that the gardens are all planted and growing well.  It takes us about two weeks to prepare the beds and plant all of the gardens. This year I goofed up and was unable to call for help.  I won’t make that mistake again.  Please compliment Bill and the boys, Alex and Anthony, who help him. They are doing a great job.  Now all we have to do is keep them weeded and watered.  God Bless You and thanks again for noticing.

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