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Each year during Lent, all parish households are invited to participate in the Lenten Rice Bowl program, which supports the work and ministry of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) around the world. This year CRS received a total of $2781.75 from our parish, and we thank the forty-five families who observed Lent this year at home by remembering the poor in a special way at mealtime.

Our Property Management Committee oversees all uses of our parish property (including school use) and now also manages the care of our new church building. It has been chaired for the last eight years by Tom Hornyak, who has been so faithful and steady in his service. We welcome all the new members of this important committee, and thank Tom who is now retiring from his leadership role in this area.

The annual Drexel Ball celebrates the March feast day of our patron saint, and generates proceeds which are divided between our scholarship fund and our mortgage fund—this year, over $5000. Some of this will now be helping us make our mortgage payments!

There has been a bulletin item soliciting gardening help for the area outside the Parish Offices for several weeks with no response. Without giving ages away, our present two gardeners each have close to eight

decades of life experience, and could really use a little help. Please call the number in the bulletin to assist.

One of the commitments we have made in our developing partnership with our sister-parish Saint Hubert in Haiti is to fund the stipends of lay leaders in the five far-off mission locations of this parish in a mountainous part of Haiti. One portion of our rebate from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal funds about half of this commitment each year, and so our Pastoral Council has approved adding a spring and fall second collection to fund the rest. We will also try to provide information about our sister-parish on those weekends. The second collection next weekend will be the first.

Fr. Keith Boisvert

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