Did you notice that we moved the altar back several feet, starting last weekend?
That’s because pieces of the ceiling have flaked off from directly above the altar, no doubt because of continued leakage from the roof. Recent heavy rains have confirmed there’s still work to do on the church roof.
There was also some water that leaked directly onto the altar itself, as well as in the familiar spot by the front door.
We are investigating our options with the company that put the roof on in 2019. We’re also talking to a couple of additional roofing consultants.
CONCERNS & PRAYERS
For me, roof concerns are important–but those concerns are dwarfed by concerns for Ukraine and now people throughout the Holy Land. The Hamas terrorists’ brutal attack on Israeli citizens shocked the world. I fear the Israeli response will disproportionately affect Palestinian citizens. Jewish friends of mine lament the apparent fantasy of the current Israeli government that someday, all the Palestinians will just go away. It seems Hamas has the opposite fantasy and goal, that Israel will just go away.
As neither scenario is realistic, I fear for continued, extreme violence in the Holy Land.
At a recent Liturgy Committee meeting, members revised our prayer for Ukraine slightly. It’s now called a Prayer for Peace. Let us continue to pray that prayer. Let us hope that better angels will eventually prevail over people committed to violence.
I think it will take a while. There’s a need for responsible negotiating partners on all sides of the conflict.
GIVING THANKS FUNDRAISER ENDS THIS TUESDAY
On a happier note, our current fundraiser is going well. Thank you for your support! Note that raffle tickets are only available until this Tuesday, October 24. They’re available after Mass again this weekend, and in the parish office. At this point, I do not recommend mailing them in.
Have a great week!