Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I want to thank everyone who worked so hard on Oktoberfest, particularly the Oktoberfest committee who has been meeting for several months, those who have generously sponsored the event, those who worked so hard on the silent auction, those who contributed to it and all who joined us for a lovely time. I believe Oktoberfest is an opportunity for evangelization as we invite our neighbors to gather in the church yard, meet welcoming parishioners and enjoy one another in a world that can seem rather painful. You never know who we might touch, or God might touch through us.
As you leave Mass today take a very good look at the carpet in the church. You know that we had budgeted for a new one and had the money to replace it. However, upon examination by different carpet companies. we have found there is “friable asbestos” to which the carpet is glued. No company will touch the carpet unless the asbestos is removed. The entire floor of the Church is covered with asbestos tile. The building committee has studied the problem very carefully and considered many different options. The expense is terrific whether we remediate some of the asbestos flooring or the entirety of it. We are continuing to explore costs and I am confident we will make good decisions for the well-being of the church and parish. As we move forward I will share more information with you as it surfaces and how we will plan to finance this necessary project. Meanwhile, I would ask you to walk around the church looking at the carpet recognizing that we really have no choice but replace it.
Let’s not be discouraged, but do what must be done. Of course, I want to thank you for all that you are and do for the parish. I never feel alone in the different challenges that confront us.
May God bless you abundantly. Fr. Ed