Fr. Chris Bulletin Letters

4/5/2020: 

Dear Friends,

     I just read my bulletin letter from Palm Sunday last year.  I asked everyone to “truly consider making this a Holy Week by limiting other activities.”  I guess I don’t have to ask you to do that this year!!!

     Today, the beginning of Holy Week, we celebrate the Palm Sunday of our Lord’s Passion.”  In the entrance Gospel, we participate in Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem.  In the second Gospel reading, we hear the events of Christ’s passion from his arrest to his being laid in the tomb.  It is a solemn day as we walk along with Jesus and his disciples and anticipate what is to come

     This week, as always and forever, I will be celebrating the Holy Triduum, the sacred three days of the paschal mystery; the Holy Thursday evening Mass of our Lord’s Supper at 7:00 pm, the Good Friday of the Passion of Our Lord at 3:00 pm, the Saturday evening Easter at 7:00 pm and the Easter Sunday Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at 10:00 am.  I will truly miss all of you and just thinking about not being with you brings me to tears.  My consolation is that I will be with you in thought and LIVE through the internet. You can participate in the Mass live through Prince of Peace Facebook or watch later through Prince of Peace YouTube

     I want to thank all of you who have generously kept up with your financial stewardship.  The Archdiocese, and I firmly agree, has asked us to continue to pay all our employees even if they are not presently able to work whether they are full time or part-time, salary or hourly.  The problem is that we pay those employees and our subsidy to the schools that helps pay our teachers through our Sunday Mass collections.  On average we collect $12,200.00 a weekend. We are still far behind on our collections.  Presently, we have no debt and I do not want to get in a position of having to borrow money from the Archdiocese.  I hate borrowing money when I do not know how we will be able to pay it back in the future.

     If you would please continue your Sunday financial stewardship, I would be eternally grateful!  You may mail it to the parish office, put it in the lockbox on the left side of the parish office front door, or the easiest way is to donate on-line through the parish website at popeace.org.

     In this time of fear and uncertainty, I ask you to continue to look after one another and strictly obey the directions of our civil and medical authorities.  If you need assistance with anything you may call the parish office at 812-265-4166.  I am also available personally on my cell phone at 812-801-5779 for any concern or need you have.  Keep Praying!

Peace, Good Health and Blessings,                                  

Father Chris

 

March 29, 2020

Dear Friends,

 Beginning last Sunday, March 22nd and until we can return to Church, I will be celebrating Mass each Sunday live via Prince of Peace Catholic Church Facebook page. You need only to click on the Facebook page or go to the parish website to join us Sunday at 10:00 am.  At that time, we will pray especially for those who have died from the Coronavirus, those presently suffering from Coronavirus, and a quick end to its spread.

I have another great concern regarding our parish and school finances. The Archdiocese, and I firmly agree, has asked us to continue to pay all our employees even if they are not presently able to work whether they are full time or part-time, salary or hourly.  The problem is that we pay those employees and our subsidy to the schools through our Sunday Mass collections.  On average we collect $12,200.00 a weekend.  Last weekend, with many people staying away from Mass for fear of the virus, we collected only $6,500.00.   This weekend, and for the unforeseeable future, we will collect nothing!  We do receive online collection every week of about $1,200.00 but that still leaves us $11,000 in the hole each week we are not at Mass.  Our savings are only enough to meet the next payroll and if we do not take in more financial stewardship, we will have to borrow money.  I hate borrowing money when I do not know how we will be able to pay it back in the future.

If you would please continue your Sunday financial stewardship, I would be eternally grateful!  You may mail it to the parish office, or the easiest way is to donate on-line through the parish website at popeace.org.  If you need assistance you may call the parish office at 812-265-4166.  I am also available personally on my cell phone at 812-801-5779 for any concern or need you have.

In last Sunday’s Gospel Jesus healed a man born blind. Jesus' disciples ask him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus responded, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.” Through our response to this crisis by supporting, praying and working with one another God can also be made visible through us!!!

In this Sunday’s Gospel, we will hear about the raising of Lazarus. Jesus told Lazarus’ sister Martha words we especially need to hear in this time of crisis.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

Peace, Safety, and Blessings,

Father Chris

 

3/22/2020

Dear Friends,

As I write this letter today on Monday, March 16th for the bulletin printing deadline on Tuesday I am conscious of the fact that I have no idea what will happen this week before this bulletin reaches your hands!

 As we begin the Fourth Week of Lent, I ask you to please keep in your prayers those suffering from the Coronavirus and pray for a quick end to its spread.  As you know we have taken many precautions during Mass to limit our physical contact.  “Social distancing” is the new word of the day.  At present, Prince of Peace Church will be open for Sunday Masses until further notice.  We will not have liturgical ministers at Mass and I will be the only person distributing Communion. Please see my Press Release for further information on page 4 of the bulletin.

The Archbishop has given a dispensation from attending Sunday Mass to everyone in the Archdiocese.  We ask especially the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions to please consider not attending Mass.  I encourage those who are sick, out of charity for others, not to attend Mass or go out in public, in particular, if you have a fever.  Personally, I also would ask you to consider limiting your travel. Unfortunately, we see in the news almost daily people who came into contact with others unknowingly who have the virus and now have the potential of further spreading it.

In today’s Gospel Jesus heals a man born blind. Jesus' disciples ask him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus responds, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.” Through our response to this crisis by supporting, praying and working with one another God can also be made visible through us!!!

Peace, Safety, and Blessings,

Father Chris

 

 

 

3/15/2020

Dear Friends,

            As we begin the Third Week of Lent please keep in your prayers those suffering from the Coronavirus and pray for a quick end to its spread.  As you know we have taken some precautions during Mass. Until further notice we will not have Holy Water in the fonts, have the sign of peace before Communion or receive from the cup.  We also encourage those who are sick, out of charity for others, not to attend Mass, in particular, if you have a fever.  Personally, I also would ask you to consider limiting your travel.  Unfortunately, we see in the news almost daily people who came into contact with others unknowingly who have the virus and now have the potential of further spreading it..

 

Please check the bulletin for the daily Mass schedule and other Lenten opportunities such as the Greater Madison Ministerial Association Lenten Lunch series.  This week on Wednesday, March 18th Prince of Peace Parish will be the host.  The Wednesday service will begin in the Church at 12 noon with lunch served at the Democratic Headquarters at 12:30 pm following the service. Please join us!

 The Knights of Columbus will lead the Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent at 7:00 pm at St. Patrick’s Chapel.  Each Friday of Lent there will also be a Fish Fry sponsored by various parish organizations at the Knights of Columbus.

May our Lenten observance truly be a time of prayer, reflection, and gratitude for Christ’s sacrificial love for us!

Peace,

                Father Chris