UNITY, LIBERTY, LOVE
In a recent homily, Fr. Steve quoted St. Augustine: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, love.”
That quote really caught my attention. It’s memorable. I first saw it many years ago. My daughter Bea was playing in a piano recital at a Moravian church, where the quote was on the wall.
I’ve marveled ever since at St. Augustine’s pithy wisdom. Too often these days, people confuse essentials with non-essentials. Even more often, they lack love in their comments. I ran into that lack in some of my previous administrative positions, and it was clear that the organization suffered as a result.
That’s one of the reasons I’m glad to be here at St. Matt’s. Our community lives out this quote pretty well.
Englund Roofing is returning to replace the two low roofs on the Parish Center. I had a chance to look at their work on the school’s flat roof, recently completed. It’s a relief to stop worrying about leaks — recall that one leak last winter took the school elevator out of commission. The repair cost was approximately $30,000. I’m glad that our insurance company, Catholic Mutual (CM), covered all but the $1,000 deductible. I’m even more glad that the patch Englund put on at the time worked. I don’t think CM would have covered a second round of elevator repairs.
We’re looking for a youth minister to serve our parish and St. Stan’s. (Interviews have begun.) In St. Stan’s case, they’re renewing a successful youth ministry program. In our case, we’re starting a program. I’m helping to recruit and interview youth ministry candidates in partnership with St. Stan’s. I’m also looking for youth group members and for adults interested in helping with this ministry. If interested, let me know.
I’m looking for more volunteers to manage books going onto our library shelves: helping people select books to read, checking books in and out, and keeping the shelves tidy. We already have books. Shelves are being donated. Who likes books? Give me a call.
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!