MAY 2 MEETING – WEST SIDE COMMUNITY COLLABORATION PROJECT
I wrote last week about a collaborative public meeting for all interested West Siders, to be hosted by St. Matt’s. We’re inviting many people and organizations from our West Side community. In this respect, we’re following St. Matt’s rich history as a Catholic community visibly expressing God’s love. We’re also following the teachings of the Acts of the Apostles and the Second Vatican Council: listen. Listen to everyone. Listen before acting.
In preparation for May 2, and at the meeting itself, we’re asking three major questions:
1. Based on your experience and your organization’s work, what do you think are the top three needs of the West Side Community?
2. What resources do we currently have to address those needs?
3. What additional resources do we need?
I invite everyone to reflect on these questions. Feel free to send your answers to the Parish Office, in care of Angela Rakow. I also ask everyone to pray for the success of this project.
We’re inviting May 2 attendees to join us for a Loaves & Fishes supper in the Social Hall at 5:30 p.m. The public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. If interested in attending the meeting and/or the supper, let Angela know. We need to know how many people are coming.
FACILITIES NEWS, PROXIES*
Our recent proxy requests* to the Archdiocese have been approved, so we’re moving forward with repairs to the school elevator, a school roof replacement, and replacement of the main electric panel. After additional research in the next several weeks, we’ll submit a proxy request for a solar installation.
*Capital projects that cost more than $25,000 must be approved by our parish’s corporate board. The five members are the Archbishop, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese, our Parochial Administrator (Fr. Antony Skaria), and our trustees: John Del Vecchio and Karen Thompson. Parishes submit a proxy request to Archdiocesan officials, so that our Parochial Administrator can vote by proxy on behalf of the Archbishop and the Vicar General.
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!