A VOLUNTEER PARISH
I feel blessed to be at St. Matt’s. We have a great community! A big reason: our many volunteers.
To take last weekend, for example: we had volunteers running a Fish Fry and Ham Bingo; setting up for Fr. Steve’s talk, counting money, assisting in various liturgical ministries—it’s marvelous! (See also Volunteer Coordinator Mary Leibl’s column.) We say we’re a volunteer parish, and we’ve plenty of evidence to support that label.
At the same time, we can always use more volunteers. Sometimes, it’s as backup for an existing ministry. That’s why we’re looking for one or two more money counters.
It’s also the case that some volunteers might step up for a new ministry. What interests you? What would you like to see us do here at St. Matt’s?
One ministry I’d like to see is a Parish Library. We have bookshelves available. I know people who’d donate books. What we need is people willing to manage things. Let me know if you’re interested.
FR. STEVE ON THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
I’m still processing Fr. Steve’s recent series on the Acts of the Apostles. He gave us much to reflect on. (We expect to post recordings on the website.)
One of my strongest takeaways was how applicable Acts is to today’s world and church: problems, crises, arguments, and the never-ending challenges of adapting to new realities. I expect to revisit this topic soon.
SNOW REMOVAL – THANKS, GUYS!
It’s been a hard winter, with much snow. Let’s give thanks for The Great Snow Removal Effort of 2023. Our snow removal team members have done a great job of keeping sidewalks clear all winter. Kudos to Steve Kowal, Mario Medina-Gonzalez, Jair Aguilar-Vasquez, and Tom Burr!
CCF (Catholic Community Foundation)
I recently received an interesting letter from CCF. It talked about the recent failure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank.
CCF’s president, Anne Cullen Miller, noted that CCF had no exposure to Signature. They did own about $10,000 worth of SVB. That’s out of CCF’s total portfolio of $530 million. I think CCF will survive.