Pastoral Letter

My Dear Parishioners,

As we begin the second half of 2017, We have many reasons to be grateful and confident.  God has blessed us all in many ways.

First, despite some rain on Saturday evening, our parish carnival was a great success thanks to everyone who worked very hard to make it happen.  A great deal of thanks is due to Brendan McGhee, Mary Luberda, and everyone on the Carnival Committee for all their selfless work.  They worked tirelessly out of love for God and our parish.  I am grateful to all of you who contributed to the carnival, but particular thanks should go to the Knights of Columbus, the Ladies Auxiliary, and the CYO and PIE parents and children who worked hard to set up and take down everything.  Particular thanks go to Michael and Amanda McKenney for all their work.  We are grateful to Frank Flanagan, John Flemming, and John Lynskey for all the electrical work.  Also, Fr. Kiernan not only worked hard at the carnival but also celebrated a special Mass for the carnival volunteers on Saturday evening which was greatly appreciated by all.  The final net profit from the carnival to OLGC is $53,617!  That is a great amount considering the rain on Saturday evening, and it is a testimony to your love of our great parish.

Special thanks are also in order to our PIE (Home and School) organization who generously donated $9,770 for the purchase of 30 Chromebooks for our parish school computer lab and $1,923 for the purchase of a special recharging and storage cart for the Chromebooks.  Our OLGC Alumni also generously donated $1,000 toward this project.  We should all be grateful and encouraged by the dedication of the PIE and the Alumni as they work to advance our school.

Lastly, as you know, the arrangement of our church parking lot has been problematic since the current church building opened in 1962.  Since the lot was already in need of maintenance and re-striping, we took the opportunity to redesign the parking pattern in the spaces that run parallel to the church.  This new design should eliminate many of the issues that we experienced in the past.  The parking lot repairs were a major but necessary expense which cost $30,365.  We will soon take up a special collection to help defray the cost.  More information will be forthcoming.  May God bless you all for your generosity and your continued support of our parish.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Robert G. Suskey

Pastor