We have a newly renovated office that was begun before the Covid 19 Crisis. Because we had to replace the tile floor as a result of water damage, we decided, too, to reconfigure the office set up. It was not an expensive venture, but the improvement is priceless! When you visit the office, you’ll notice a change.
As a result of wind, we have lost shingles on the church roof. So far, we have had repair the roof twice.
Besides saying masses for the people of St. Clare and St. Vincent de Paul and preaching to myself, responding to correspondence, dealing with the mail, bills, finances, counseling via phone and performing pastoral activities like graveside services, I’ve been reviewing a Biblical adult education program that looks like a promising course for parish participation in the future.
We have applied for a loan for Paycheck Protection Plan to help the parish with payroll expenses. I am so very grateful for the weekly support that so many continue to send. Our regular utility expenses, maintenance, and minor repairs can be significant. We have withdrawn funds from our savings account to help keep us current paying our bills. Because of your generosity, which both boosted our savings in the Annual Appeal and continues regularly, we are in a safe place for the time being.
During this time of testing, the Risen Lord is with His faithful ones. He is our greatest possession. Let us pray for one another and place all our cares in the hands of the Good Shepherd.
With God’s Blessing+
Fr. Peter D’Ambrosia