January 8, 2017

spent a good amount of time filling in the blanks on my brand spanking new desk calendar.  (Yes, a paper one.  I’m old school on this.)  After writing in all of the parish events, all of the school events and all of the diocesan events, I added in the Centennial events.   Oh my!  This is going to be an incredible year!

We have our Homecoming Fest scheduled for July 1-2.  That’s a Saturday and Sunday of what is likely to be a four-day weekend for most folks. We are hoping to make this event a cornerstone for families’ holiday weekend celebrations.

For the last few months, we have been working on the infrastructure for the Homecoming—reserving a stage, tents…a beer truck.  All of the important elements.   Fr. Brad and I have also had the fun of working on the line-up of bands.  

But now it’s time for the real planning, and we need creative, energetic, hard-working people to join the committee.  Maybe this is your special way to get involved?

I am in the process of creating jobs and job descriptions for all of the different aspects of the event—from ticket sales to kids’ activities, to alumni outreach.  We’ll need folks to head up the bar, arrange for the food, decorate the grounds and   coordinate the music acts. 

The philosophy here is that many hands make light work.  My goal is to create jobs that are manageable and respectful of people’s time.  Since we have a two-day event, I hope to find two leaders for each major responsibility.  So for example, perhaps two couples want team up to handle the ticket system.  They work together in advance to get a system established, but then one couple is in charge on  Saturday, the other on Sunday. 

On Saturday, January 28 we will have a first meeting.  This is an ALL CALL.  Come, learn more and see if you can help create this one-in-a-lifetime event.  We’ll meet at 9:00 a.m.   Hope to see you!

And in case you need a little more encouragement to be a part of this, here are some words from our second pastor  Fr. Edwin Hoover in 1942:

“You and I, who are having “loads of fun” at the picnic realize that it means “loads of work” for someone.  That  someone in this case are the committee and their helpers.   We are proud of our grand workers and wish to thank them.

But there is One above Who is extremely grateful for anything done for His sake, even picnic chores, and we know He will not forget.”

Two other subjects:  one past, one near future.

We had wonderful attendance at our Christmas  liturgies.  Our first Masses in both the Cathedral and the gym were full houses as usual.  The second Mass in the Cathedral was nearly full—which was at least double the attendance in past years.  The hour earlier meant more people could celebrate with us: goal achieved!

If you have any feedback for us on the Christmas  liturgies, please call or send me an email.  We are always open to good suggestions on crowd control, music, book distribution (only a handful left this year—and we ordered 150 more than in past year!) etc.

Lastly, please plan to attend 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 15.  We will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bishop Conlon’s ordination to the  priesthood.  Your presence will be a kind thank you for his decades as a good and faithful servant. 

Happy New Year!

Eileen Hooks Gutierrez
Director of Development
815-722-6653, ext 242 



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