My dear Parish Family,
Lots of great news to share as we enter into the Summer of 2017!
First, I wish to extend a huge thanks to all who contributed to the 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal. Our combined parish goal for St. Peter & St. Bernard Worship Sites was $233,000.00. To date we have raised $239,670.25 from a total of 820 Donors. On behalf of all those who are served by Catholic Charities, I extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation for your generosity and your compassionate care for those in need. I am also deeply grateful to our Parish Appeal Team for their excellent leadership, Joe Conti, Bill Taczak and Jim & Colleen Caprio, and all those who assisted us in surpassing our goal. God bless you all!
This past Monday, we held the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new playground to be installed over the summer. Twelve students representing each grade level from Pre-K 3 to Grade 8 donned yellow hard hats and shovels and turned over the dirt behind our school. It was truly a spirited event at which the entire school was present, along with parents, parishioners and friends. This past week we also closed on the purchase of the remaining home and property behind the school. Over the course of the summer, the plan is to take the house down and prepare the property for green space, the playground and additional parking spaces. All of this would not be possible without the generosity of our parishioners, our Playground Committee and a number of businesses and sponsors who have donated their time, talent and treasure. When the work is completed, we will post a list acknowledging the great work of all those who made this possible. Once again, thank you to all!
You will also notice that the steel frame for our new side entrance for the church and school is being installed. It is very exciting to have this second phase of our construction project moving forward. The plan is to have the elevator installed with the new side entrance completed by mid- to late August. I have been assured by our Project Manager, Hank Balling, and our architects from Trautman & Associates that all is progressing very well and on time. Again, none of this would be possible if it were not for the generosity of our parishioners who have contributed to our Capital Campaign.
With that being said, if you have not had a chance to contribute to our Capital Campaign, we are still hoping to raise $175,416.54 to reach our final goal of $2,500,000.00. Pledges over 5 years are still being accepted and will help us to ensure that we can cover the costs of our present renovations as well as work that will most likely need to be done in the future. Every contribution makes a difference and I deeply appreciate whatever you can do to help us achieve our goal.
Finally, this past week we celebrated the Graduation for 22 of our 8th Grade students, Pre-K Moving-Up Day and Kindergarten Graduation. Congratulations to all our Graduates! Our Parish School is a tremendous blessing and I am deeply grateful to our outstanding Principal, Mrs. Maureen Ingham, and our dedicated Faculty and Staff. I also wish to thank all of the parents and grandparents for entrusting your children to our care and to all of our parishioners for your ongoing support of our school.
I thank God every day for our wonderful faith community and all of the parishioners who support our two worship sites and make St. Peter and St. Bernard a special place to grow in faith, hope and love. May God bless you all with a happy and blessed summer!