Monthly Stewardship Letter

August, 2017

Summer News in the Cluster     We have several items we would like to share with you as we prepare for the ministries and activities for the year ahead.

DAY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL    

Mr. Michael Derrick has been hired to succeed Mrs. Kuehne as our new day school principal.  He comes to us from St. Rafael School Administration/Staff.  He was a teacher at St. Anthony on Mitchell (the largest catholic school in the country) and Thomas More High School.  We look forward to his leadership and presence among us this coming year.  Mary Queen of Saints Catholic Academy is supported by, and is a cooperative effort between, all the West Allis/West Milwaukee parishes and Seton Schools. Currently, it is located at the former St. Aloysius school building.

LIFE LONG FAITH FORMATION    

Registration for all our Christian Formation classes and Sacramental Programs will begin very soon.  Please remember that your children and youth must be registered and participating in our program if they are to be eligible for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Day school students and their parents from our Cluster must also register for the special Sacrament meetings and parish practice for Reconciliation and Communion.  If you have an older child in need of Baptism, Reconciliation and/or Eucharist or if you are an adult interested in receiving these Sacraments, please call the office and we will be happy to help you begin the process.

MQH PARISH PICNIC    

Save the date!  Sunday, September 17th is the date for this year’s parish picnic at Mary Queen of Heaven.  Raffle tickets are on sale in the parish office.  Each year, the two parish festivals and parish picnic constitute the major fund-raising activities to supplement the regular Stewardship efforts in our three parish communities.  We have reached a plateau in the success of these two types of activities and would welcome new ideas regarding fund-raising and community building.  With smaller, aging parish communities, fewer volunteers and other variables such as the weather, it is difficult to sustain these efforts.  Part of our planning process is to evaluate our current activities.  In the Fall, we will ask for your feedback as we continue the discussion for the future.

DEVOTIONAL CANDLES    

There are devotional candles located in each of our parishes.  They are a symbol of the prayers we offer in Church and they remind us of the special intentions and memories of those for whom we light them.  Currently, we have a couple of different ways of handling them in each parish.  Soon, we will have a new policy for devotional candles in place for all three parishes.  Sanctuary Lamps and special candles in the three parishes (Blessed Mother, Sacred Heart, Divine Mercy, Chapel, etc.) will be offered for a month sponsorship.  Votive candles, those in the shrine areas at each church, will remain with the same donation recommended for all three parishes.  This is another simple area of cooperation as we plan for our future together.  It will also help us to maintain these areas properly for the immediate future.

Thank You all for your continued support and have a great rest of the summer!  

Fr. Thomas, Fr. Jeff and the Tri-Parish Pastoral Staff.