February 7, 2016

Three mini-columns all in one:

Historians Needed

One big part of our Centennial celebration will be sharing the history of St. Raymond Parish.  We want to tell the stories of the people and events that have shaped our community in the past 100 years.

Once we have our facts straight, we’ll compile the information in many different ways--a coffee table book, newspaper articles and our website are all options.

But to do those well, we have to do good research.

For the past few years, Jason Mottl, a parishioner and    history buff, has been sifting through our archives and other resources to learn more information about St. Raymond   Parish.  We have quite a bit--thanks to the 75th anniversary committee and others who have compiled information over the years, but I’m sure there are stories that have not yet been told.

If you are interested in researching the people and events of St. Raymond Parish, we need you!  Jason is hoping to build a committee of folks who can do original research to supplement the stories we already have.  If microfiche makes you happy, this might be a great job for you.

This is the kind of work that can be done on your own   schedule, at your own convenience; however, we need to get moving.  Much of this work will need to be done this year, so the materials can be prepared for use early in 2017.

If you are willing to help, please reach out to Jason directly at 815-436-7514 or straymondhistory@yahoo.com.  As always, the more the merrier and many hands make light work.

Online Giving!

This is your friendly February reminder to please consider using our new Online Giving Program.  We have nearly 250 families who make their Sunday offerings through Online Giving (that’s the new system) or Automatic Offering (that’s the old system.)  That a significant percentage of our parishioners.  We are so grateful for the consistent support.

My husband and I signed up for the Online Giving a few months ago, and I have to say, it is a stress reducer.  It’s nice not to worry about finding the envelope, the check book and a pen that works as we run out the door. Please consider enrolling--all the details are at straymond.net. 

Best Lent Ever

I’ve never been really fond of Lent.  When I was a kid, I did the obligatory “giving up” of something--usually chocolate--because everyone else was.  And because I didn’t          understand the meaning behind the sacrifice, I never made it the 40 days.

As a young adult, I had the hubris to think that Lent wasn’t important   because God doesn’t want us to be sad.  I figured God wants us to be happy, so the necessity and power for Lenten reflection was lost on me.

I’m happy to say, my faith has  matured.  I now get why we need 40 days to repent and seek clarity, but I’m still not completely sure exactly how to do that.  I still have a ways to go.

Enter Matthew Kelly and the Best Lent Ever program.   As Fr. Brad’s letter on page 3 explains, the Best Lent Ever program is forty daily emails with short videos.  The      program goes along with the forty chapters of Rediscover Jesus book we distributed at the Christmas Masses if you want to connect the two. (If you need a book, they are FREE on the Dynamic Catholic website.)

Gaining more clarity and a better understanding of myself, my faith and Jesus seems like a productive way to spend a few minutes of each of the next 40 days.   I signed up at dynamiccatholic.com.   Who’s with me?

Eileen Hooks Gutierrez
Director of Development
straysdevelopment@yahoo.com, 815-722-6653, ext. 242   






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