Weekly Parish News
Return to the church! Thank you to all, Bishop Barron Mini-Course
How lovely is your dwelling place...
We did it!
6 weeks of renovations, 5 weekends of Mass in the gym, today we return to our church on schedule, as planned! We hope you enjoy the new atmosphere created in our church from the many improvements, including things you will see and notice right away and some that you may not notice but sure will appreciate! What has been accomplished in the past 6 weeks are the following:
Complete removal and installation of a new roof on the church and rectory
New gutter linings for all gutters on church and rectory
Spot treatment and tuck-pointing on bricks outside of church, a full waterproofing sealant will be added to the entire church in October
Plaster repair throughout the interior of the church
Replacing all lightbulbs with high efficiency LED bulbs
New bathroom flooring
New paint on all walls and ceilings throughout the church, including choir loft, bathrooms, cry room, confessional and both sacristies.
Carpet shampooing after painting was complete
Complete removal of all pews, storage, and reinstallation of pews with all new hardware fixtures.
Decorative stenciling and new lettering above crucifix. As well as the coordination of the new painting color scheme by Belinda Godfrey our summer resident ecclesiastical artist. (Stencils to be finished by next weekend)
Reorganization and repurposing of the foyer, sacristy and choir loft spaces. Allowing for more room, simplicity and functionality.
Addition of St. Francis and Infant of Prague statues behind altar. Restored by Dolores Patterson, Belinda Godfrey's cousin. Dolores is also in the process of restoring the 14 station statues, we expect completion of these by August.
From Fr. Voelker:
Dear People of St. Mary Parish,
Words cannot express my profound gratitude for the following people for all their hard work this past month for this renovation project. These people have done a wonderful job with their expertise and diligence...
Roofing Services Unlimited
Waterproofing and Restoration
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve here at St. Mary Parish. God Bless your wonderful work.
Servant of God, Chaplin Emil Kapaun, Pray for us.
Father Nicholas Voelker
Pastor St. Mary's Newton
Beginning this week, St. Mary will join many other parishes across the nation to combine the power of Flocknote communication with the faith formation mini-course lessons of "Word on Fire" ministries lead by Bishop Robert Barron.
What is a Bishop Barron Mini-Course?
A short series of emails or text messages sent weekly.
Each email contains a short video and quick discussion questions.
Parishioners can reply back to any email or text message without having to log in.
Topics include: How to pray and why it matters, Who is God and how do we know?, Who is Jesus and why is he different?, What did Jesus really teach?, and Why the Church matters.
We will begin this week with a 4 week series entitled "How to pray and why it matters" We appreciate and look forward to your comments and feedback to this new addition of our weekly parish news e-mails.
Here is the purpose of prayer...
St. John of Damscus said that prayer is the "raising of the mind and the heart to God." Since we are made in the image and likeness of God, we all have a natural instinct to pray.
But what's the point of prayer? Doesn't God already know what we'll say?
Bishop Barron tackles these hard questions and more in today's video.
What is the purpose of prayer?
How does the metaphor of God as a parent help you understand how and when prayers are answered?
Will prayers be answered that are not in keeping with God's will? Why or why not?
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Sent by Rob Tierney on Saturday, July 15 at 10:34AM